Virginia favorites, The Bluegrass Brothers, release their brand new album, Generations, today on Mountain Fever Records. The first single, “Memories of My Childhood,” written by Danny Lam, was released in May and marked the re-birth of this stellar bluegrass institution and brother duo. The single charted last week at #14 in the nation on Bluegrass Today’s weekly airplay chart.
The release of Generations harkens back to the brother duo traditions of the Lilly Brothers, The Osborne Brothers and more. Having worked crowds into a frenzy at their live shows for almost twenty years, Generations is the next logical step in the career of this former SPGMA Instrumental Group of the Year. Many are saying this is arguably the strongest release in their career.
Originally formed by a band of brothers, the two original remaining siblings, Robert and Victor, are now joined by Victor’s two sons, Steven on guitar and Donald on mandolin. Friend and player Chris Hart is the only non-brother member of the band and plays dobro.
Donald, who is known to have one of the strongest and more authentic voices in traditional bluegrass music, did a stint with James King before joining his father’s group. The band is better than they have ever been.
Having grown up in bluegrass music families in Virginia, their musical geneology shines through when they hit the stage. They’ve accomplished numerous milestones in their career including the band’s big boost with the recording of The Ballad of Mark Warner in 2001, in which they performed all over the state for the Virginia Gubernatorial campaign. They were named SPBGMA Instrumental Group of the Year in 2010 and the band was inducted into the Virginia Folk Music Association’s Hall of Fame in September of 2011.
They continue to travel all over the United states and Canada entertaining and carrying on the tradition of bluegrass music to all who will lend an ear.