Groupe Bluegrass US originaire de Savannah, Hardin County (Tennessee). les Barrier Brothers sont composés de Ernest Barrier (23/01/1925 - 03/02/1994), Henry Ray Barrier (04/03/1939), Herman Barrier (23/01/1920 - 05/09/1988) et de Gene Dykes.

The Barrier Brothers were pioneers of bluegrass music. All three, Herman, Ernest and Henry were born in Hardin, Tennessee, where Herman and Ernest learned to play old-time music when they were young. They started out at a small radio station in Corinth, MS during the early 1950s. Later, the whole Barrier family moved to South Bend, Indiana to find work. There, when not working, they honed their musical skills: Ernest mastered the 5-string banjo, while Herman became an adept bass player. The two taught young Henry to sing lead and play guitar. After Henry grew up, they formed a band that included fiddler Gene Dykes. The Barriers were a semi-professional weekend band and during the '50s mostly played at parks, fairs, and minor jamborees throughout the Midwest. The brothers and their Ozark Mountain Boys finally cut their first record for Ray Earle's independent Armoneer label near the end of the decade. They had two singles and a gospel EP, which led to a major contract with Philips International, where they recorded three albums in as many years. The Barriers were a versatile band, but they didn't get to show it on these albums, as Philips executives insisted on their recording bluegrass standards. After their contract expired, Herman and Ernest returned to Tennessee and Henry remained in Indiana, where he continued to play in various bands. Following Herman's death in 1988, Ernest continued working in his welding business. He continued jamming with local musicians until his death in early 1994.

Talents : Ernest Barrier : 5-String Banjo - Herman Barrier : Bass - Henry Ray Barrier : Lead, Guitar - Gene Dykes : Fiddle

Style musical : Bluegrass

Someday Sweetheart, You'll Be Crying (1959)

Wild Chord Breakdown (1960)

Breaking In A Brand New Pair Of Shoes  (1962)

DESTROYED (1962)

SMOKE ALONG THE TRACK (1962)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles & EP

1959 SP Armoneer AR-1004 (US) . Will I Be That Lucky Man / Someday Sweetheart, You'll Be Crying
1960 SP Armoneer AR-1005 (US) . Please Don't Leave Me Here Alone / Wild Chord Breakdown
1961 EP Armoneer 101EP (US) When I Cast On The Other Side / On The Main Highway / On The Sunny Side Of Life Again / I've Found A Better Way
03/1962 SP Philips P-40007 (US) . Breaking In A Brand New Pair Of Shoes / Earl's Breakdown
06/1962 SP Philips P-40039 (US) . Destroyed / Smoke Along The Track
1962 EP Philips 452 005 (F) Destroyed / Gotta Travel On / moke Along The Track / Flint Hill Special

Albums

1961 LP 12" Philips PHM200-003 (mono) / PHS-600-003 (stereo) (US)
Golden Bluegrass Hits - Blue Moon Of Kentucky / Gotta Travel On / Polka On A Banjo / Cryin¢ My Heart All Over You / My Little Georgia Rose / Salty Dog Blues / Earl's Breakdown / Cabin On The Hill / Flint Hill Special / Stonewall Around Me / Before I Met You / Breakin¢ In A Brand New Pair Of Shoes
1962 LP 12" Philips PHM200-049 (mono) / PHS-600-049 (stereo) (US) More golden bluegrass hits - Smoke Along The Track / Someday We'll Meet Again Sweetheart / I'll Go Steppin' Too / Don't This Road Look Rough And Rocky / Jimmy Brown, The Newsboy / Shuckin' The Corn / Blue Ridge Cabin Home / Little Cabin Home On The Hill / I Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow / Whippoorwill / Destroyed / Dear Old Dixie
1962 LP 12" Philips B 652-000 (NL) HILLBILLY FAVORITES - Blue Moon Of Kentucky / Gotta Travel On / Polka On A Banjo / Cryin¢ My Heart All Over You / My Little Georgia Rose / Salty Dog Blues / Earl's Breakdown / Cabin On The Hill / Flint Hill Special / Stonewall Around Me / Before I Met You / Breakin¢ In A Brand New Pair Of Shoes
07/1962 LP 12" Philips B 652-018 (NL) HILLBILLY FAVORITES - vol. 2 - Smoke Along The Track / Someday We'll Meet Again Sweetheart / I'll Go Steppin' Too / Don't This Road Look Rough And Rocky / Jimmy Brown, The Newsboy / Shuckin' The Corn / Blue Ridge Cabin Home / Little Cabin Home On The Hill / I Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow / Whippoorwill / Destroyed / Dear Old Dixie
05/1963 LP 12" Philips PHM200-083 (mono) / PHS-600-083 (stereo) (US) Gospel Songs, Bluegrass Style - I'll Fly Away / Gathering Flowers For The Master's Bouquet / Wait A Little Longer, Please Jesus / I'm Using My Bible Like A Roadmap / (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) / Little Community Church / Just Over In The Glory Land / Just A Closer Walk With Thee / He Will Set Your Fields On Fire / Beautiful Life / Blessed Jesus Hold My Hand / Angel Band
05/1965 LP 12" CUMBERLAND MGC 29522 (US) Gospel Songs Bluegrass Style - Angel Band / I'll Fly Away / Just A Closer Walk With Thee / Blessed Jesus Hold My Hand / Just Over In The Glory Land / Gathering Flowers For The Master's Bouquet / (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) / Little Community Church / He'll Set Your Fields On Fire / A Beautiful Life
10/1977 LP 12" Old Homestead OHCS-108 (US) Pickin' And Singin' - THE BARRIER BROTHERS AND THE OZARK MOUNTAIN BOYS - 'Till The End Of The World Rolls By / Blue Ridge Mountain Home / Your Love Is Like The Flowers / Orange Blossom Special / Give Me The Flowers While I'm Living / Pike County Breakdown / First Whipporwill / Uncle Pen / On My Mind / Don't Leave Me Here Alone / Wild Card Breakdown / Sweetheart You'll Be Crying / Ernie's Breakdown / Who'll Be The Lucky Man / Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms / We'll Meet Again Sweetheart / Polka On The Banjo / Flint Hill Special
2012 CD BACM CD D 398 (UK) Bluegrass Classics - Blue Moon Of Kentucky / Gotta Travel On / Polka On A Banjo / Crying My Heart Out Over You / My Little Georgia Rose / Salty Dog Blues / Earl's Breakdown / Cabin In The Hills / Flint Hill Special / Stone Wall Around Your Heart / Before I Met You / Breaking In A Brand New Pair Of Shoes / Smoke Along The Track / Someday We'll Meet Again Sweetheart / I'll Go Steppin' Too / Don't This Road Look Rough And Rocky / Jimmy Brown The Newsboy / Shuckin' The Corn / Blue Ridge Mountain Home / Little Cabin On The Hill / Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow / Whippoorwill / Destroyed / Dear Old Dixie / Will I Be That Lucky Man / Someday Sweetheart You'll Be Crying / Please Don't Leave Me Here Alone / Wild Chord Breakdown

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