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AlanN
Nov-19-2010, 10:46am
Comparing the siblings' versions of this tune, they are markedly different. Larry does it (on the LP Mr. Poverty) as sort of a country tune, with a regular 4/4 beat. Tony (California Autumn) plays and sings it with more of a folk feel. Very cool to contrast the two. Both from 1975. In his book, Tony says he liked Larry's version better.

Tony's voice was so great back then <sigh>.

mandopete
Nov-19-2010, 1:49pm
<sigh> indeed!

lenf12
Nov-20-2010, 10:21am
I'm sure you've checked out the Skaggs and Rice album. Some great singing on that album as well. It's such a loss that Tony can no longer sing. (sigh!!)

Len B.
Clearwater, FL

AlanN
Nov-20-2010, 11:06am
Never heard of it :mandosmiley:

The vocal blend Ricky and Tony got was uncanny. It was already in place and recorded on several LPs (Calif Autumn, DG Rounder, New South) but when the Sugar Hill release S & R came out in 1980, well...they were right up there with all the great brother duets, imo.

re simmers
Nov-20-2010, 9:02pm
I 'usually' preferred Tony's lead singing, but on Mr Poverty I like Larry's version. They are very different versions.

Between the 2 of them, there's a ton of great music. Tony's voice & the emotion he could put into his singing was top shelf.

Bob