The Gosdin Brothers - Sounds Of Goodbye (1968)

The Gosdin Brothers were a country-rock duo active in the 1960s.

The Gosdin Brothers were Rex and Vern Gosdin, and they put out this great album in the late 60s, a relatively obscure country-rock masterpiece. Previously they had been members of bluegrass group The Hillmen (Vern played guitar and Rex played bass, and they both sang) with mandolin player Chris Hillman (who later found fame as bassist for The Byrds). They also sang on Gene Clark's first solo release. As The Gosdin Brothers they released this one album and several singles, mostly on Gary Paxton's Bakersfield International label. The instrumental backing came from the Bakersfield International studio band - Nashville West.
Sounds Of Goodbye fits in nicely with much of the American country-rock being made in the late 60s, though it definately falls on the more conservative side of country-rock. Whilst all the other country-rock groups had for the most part made the move back to the roots after playing in electric folk-rock groups, it seems for the Gosdins it was a move from their traditonal roots into the rock scene (the album cover suggests they weren't exactly part of the hippie crowd!).
Includes covers of Donovan’s “Catch The Wind”, Ewan MacColl's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", Gib Guilbeau's "Woman's Disgrace", The Everly Brothers' "Bowling Green" and Doug Kershaw's "Lousiana Man", among others.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Any chance of a re-up? Great blog, by the way.