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    In my opinion, the "high mountain" classic bluegrass vocal sound is epitomized by just four mandolinists:. Bill Monroe, Ira Louvin, John Duffey, and Vince Gill.

    I guess if you have a tenor voice you are naturally attracted to the mandolin. Maybe the vocal chords and the mandolin nstrings are both comparatively short.

    Any other ideas?

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    In would add Larry Stephenson and maybe Paul Williams

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    Bobby Osborne, Vern Williams

    But Del McCoury and Jim McReynolds are no slouches in the high lonesome department and played guitar.

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    What about Jamie Daily? Don`t get much higher than his voice....

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    Bobby Osborne has a extremely high voice but he sings more lead than tenor almost exclusively with the Osborne Brothers.they didn't have that " high lonesome powerful mountain tenor" it takes more than a high voice for BG tenor, if it didn't Dolly Pardon would be in the top ten. how about Ralph Stanley when Carter was alive?

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    Peter Rowan has quite a range to work in.
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    There have been many 'High Lonesome' sound singers in the past,many of who's recordings have long been forgotten. Ralph Stanley could hit the high notes when he wanted to,not to mention Joe Val,who could knock the wax out of your ears from a mile off !,
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    Ricky Skaggs anyone? Roland White?
    "Well, I don't know much about bands but I do know you can't make a living selling big trombones, no sir. Mandolin picks, perhaps..."

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    Everett Lilly -- and you thought Flatt & Scruggs never featured mandolin:



    And how about Buzz Busby?

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    In my opinion, the "high mountain" classic bluegrass vocal sound is epitomized by just four mandolinists:. Bill Monroe, Ira Louvin, John Duffey, and Vince Gill.
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    Lou Reid is no slouch. Plus his face gets all red and the audience grows concerned.

    Kevin Prater (traveled with James King for a while) also fits the bill. Those voices together - doesn't get much more high/lonesome than that!

    I'm sure I'll think of some more.

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    Note that Everett Lilly is pictured playing an F-4, as was quite common for many players in those days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcc56 View Post
    Note that Everett Lilly is pictured playing an F-4, as was quite common for many players in those days.
    And, while not pictured, I'd expect Buzz Busby's playing his A-50.
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