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The Down Hill Strugglers On Mountain Stage

The Down Hill Strugglers On Mountain Stage

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The Down Hill Strugglers' members make their first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded in partnership with the Birthplace of Country Music in Bristol, Tenn./Va. The location was appropriate: In many ways, the band's music wouldn't have sounded out of place in the 1927 Bristol Sessions that Ralph Peer engineered.

Formerly known as The Dust Busters, the Brooklyn trio became The Down Hill Strugglers after a recent lineup change. The group's music encompasses a wide range of traditional string-band styles, from fiddle tunes to Scots-Irish ballads to African music.

All three members of The Down Hill Strugglers are multi-instrumentalists: Eli Smith plays guitar, banjo and mandolin; Walker Shepard plays fiddle, banjo, guitar and harmonica; and Jackson Lynch can be heard on fiddle and guitar.

Set List

  • "8th Of January"
  • "War Boat Blues"
  • "Ain't Gonna Lay My Armor Down"
  • "Goodbye Honey I'm Gone"
  • "Train On The Island"
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