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South Carolinian Jim Barr settled in the Austin area after his military service. In 1962 he organized the Texas Bluegrass Boys, continuing a heavy schedule of appearances and later festivals through the mid 1980s. In 1969 the group cut this album(BL130) for the Bluebonnet label of Fort Worth. Their personnel was surprisingly constant over time, and their arrangements, both vocal and instrumental, were extremely tight.


The Bluegrass Texans, lead by Holly Bond, were one of the busiest groups in the Dallas area in the 1970s. For a year they opened the weekly country music TV broadcast from Fort Worth's Panther Hall that was syndicated in 11 states. In 1970 the group put out a 45-RPM record, "Make Me a Pallet on the Floor" and then this selfreleased LP around 1975. A couple of cassettes followed in the early 1980s.


The addition of Jim Barr's daughter Sherri, age 9, caused the band to be renamed Grass Fire in 1972 as suggested by Kerrville Folk Festival host Rod Kennedy. Sherri played snare drum at first, but had switched to guitar and vocals in her teens as in this 1978 album, "Grass Fire Presents Bluegrass to Walk On." The band toured Mexico in July 1981 and another summer Sherri toured on the festival circuit with Opry bluegrass stars Jim and Jesse McReynolds.


Their hard driving sound made The Lambert Brothers and The Tri-County Boys perennial favorites on the Texas bluegrass festival circuit for 12 years. Based out of Boyd, west of Dallas, and seen here on their first album cover in very stylish 70s band uniforms appear L-R Joe Hood, Marvin Wright, T. H. Lambert, Gene Carter, Gilbert Lambert and Leonard Simmons. The band cut one 45-RPM single prior to this album and two further LPs. Joe and Marvin have worked together in several bands beginning with The Cross Timbers Boys (1964-70) and, after the Lamberts stopped performing in 1982, with Grounds For Divorce.


Tom Ludwick and Ernest "Hoss" King formed Leon Valley Bluegrass in the Belton area in 1978. These two were the core of the band through a succession of sidemen and banjo players culminating with Eddie Shelton. Seen here L-R: Dr. L.W. Ross, Hoss King, Henry Fittsgerald, H.S. Kullenberg, kneeling, Bob Cathey and Tom Ludwick. Tom's guitar and Hoss's piercing tenor brought a consistency to their sound, as well as cohesion to the group. Their final gig was in 2002 shortly before Hoss's passing.


Tom Uhr founded his Shady Grove Ramblers in 1966. Both Tom and the Ramblers are the most nationally recognized of Texas bluegrass performers. Among their many awards, the group was voted Best Vocal Band in America in 1974 by SPBGMA while Tom received Best Male Vocalist-Traditional in 1975 and Songwriter of the Year four times (1974-78) from the same organization. L-R on this album cover: Marshall Billingsly, Tom Uhr, Loyd "Stinky" Hinch, J.B. Banks, and kneeling, Kenny Sewell and Buddy King. At the peak of their activity Uhr played 35 weekends per year, but has cut back considerably today.