The Earls of Leicester (from the album Live from the CMA Theatre in the Country Music Hall of Fame available on New Rounder Records)
A few blocks from the Ryman Auditorium, the CMA Theatre played host to The Earls of Leicester, collecting live performance highlights from a two-night stand with Live from the CMA Theatre in the Country Music Hall of Fame. A mutual love of music built a border for The Earls of Leicester, the band making a decision when forming in 2013 to plan their setlist from the Flatts and Scruggs catalog, specifically songs recorded between 1954 to 1965. Live from the CMA Theatre welcome in Flatt & Scruggs hits such as “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”, “Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down”, and I’ll Go Stepping Too” as well tunes found deep in notebooks and recording sessions, including “Martha White Theme Song”, originally penned for Martha White Self-Rising Flour, and a Bluegrass mash-up with “Steel Guitar Blues/Spanish Two Step”.
The Earls of Leicester, Barry Bales (bass, vocals), Shawn Camp (guitar, lead vocals), Charlie Cushman (banjo, guitar), Jerry Douglas (dobro), Johnny Warren (fiddle, vocals), and Jeff White (mandolin), honor tradition as they carve out a spot for Bluegrass in 2018 with a top-shelf playback of the genre. The band barrels through “Rolling in My Sweet Baby’s Arms” and sings the Blues with “Big Black Train” as The Earls of Leicester send a belated sympathy note to President McKinley with “White House Blues” while Live at the CMA Theatre kicks off with first track “Salty Dog Blues” and returns a tune to the stage formerly banned by the Grand Ol’ Opry with “I’m Gonna Sleep with One Eye Open”.
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