Groupe Bluegrass US formé en 1972 et par Byron Berline (né le 6 juillet 1944 à Caldwell (Kansas)), Kenny Wertz (né le 4 février 1942 à Washington D.C.), Roger Bush (né le 16 septembre 1940 en Californie), Alan Munde (né le 4 novembre 1946 à Norman (Oklahoma)), Herb Petersen (né le 27 avril 1944 à Berkeley (Californie), autres membres : Roland White, Dave Ferguson, Mike Anderson, Billy J. Foster (1984-86) et Gene Wooten.

One of the most influential bluegrass acts of the '70s — as well as one of that decade's most popular country artists in Europe — Country Gazette blended bluegrass with country-rock and, in the process, sowed the seeds for the newgrass movement of the '80s. The Los Angeles-based band was originally formed in 1971 by fiddler Byron Berline, bassist Roger Bush, and banjoist Billy Ray Latham, who had all played with Dillard & Clark. The trio added guitarist Herb Pedersen, who was quickly replaced by Alan Munde. Shortly after the band's formation, Berline and Bush played on the Flying Burrito Brothers' Last of the Red Hot Burritos album, which turned out to be the last album the group would release before breaking up; they would reunite later in the decade. Berline and Bush convinced guitarist Kenny Wertz to join Country Gazette during the Burrito sessions and, following the Burritos' dissolution, the trio returned to Country Gazette and finished recording the band's debut, A Traitor in Our Midst.
A Traitor in Our Midst was released on United Artists in 1972. During the summer of that year, Country Gazette played gigs at Disneyland and soon landed opening spots for Steve Miller, Crosby & Nash, and Don McLean, which indicated that the group was aiming for a more rock-oriented audience. Later that year, they recorded and released the Live in Amsterdam album. Their second studio album, Don't Give Up Your Day Job, appeared in 1973. Following its release, the band switched labels, signing with the European-based Ariola, which released Bluegrass Special later in 1973. As the location of their record label indicated, the band was more popular in Europe than America.
In 1975, Byron Berline left the band and formed Sundance; Roger Bush left that same year. The following year, Country Gazette added guitarist/mandolinist/Vocalsist Roland White to its lineup and released Live. After its release, the band added fiddler Dave Ferguson and released Out to Lunch on the American independent label Flying Fish; in Europe, the album was called Sunny Side of the Mountain. Following the recording of Out to Lunch, Wertz left the band. Two albums — 1977's What a Way to Earn a Living, which was recorded with Berline, not Ferguson, and 1979's All This, and Money, Too! — followed on Ridge Runner.
American and Clean and America's Bluegrass Band appeared on Flying Fish in 1981 and 1982, respectively. The group disbanded after the release of America's Bluegrass Band, but re-formed in 1983. The reunited lineup featured Roland White, banjoist Alan Munde, bassist Mike Anderson, and dobroist Gene Wooten. For the next five years, the band toured America and Europe. Country Gazette broke up for a second and final time in 1988. Roland White joined the Nashville Bluegrass Band after the group's split.

Talents : Membres originals : Byron Berline : Fiddle - Kenny Wertz : Guitar, Vocalss - Roger Bush : String Bass - Alan Munde : Banjo, Vocalss - Herb Petersen : Guitar, Vocalss - Autres membres : Roland White : Guitar, Mandolin, Vocalss - Dave Ferguson : Fiddle - Mike Anderson : Bass Guitar - Billy J. Foster : Bass, Fiddle - Gene Wooten : Dobro, Vocalss

Style musical : Bluegrass

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Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles

10/1972 SP UNITED ARTISTS UA-50982 (US) Hot Burrito Breakdown / Keep On Pushin'
1972 SP UNITED ARTISTS ? (US) Swing Low Sweet Chariot / I Wish I Knew
04/1973 SP UNITED ARTISTS UA-XW227 (US) . Teach Your Children / Huckleberry Hornpipe
11/1973 SP UNITED ARTISTS UA-XW354 (US) . My Oklahoma / Down The Road
02/1974 SP UNITED ARTISTS UA-XW390 (US) Honky Cat / Huckleberry Hornpipe

Albums

07/1972 LP 12" UNITED ARTISTS UAS 5596 (US) A TRAITOR IN OUR MIDST - Lost Indian / Keep On Pushin' / I Wish You Knew / Hot Burrito Breakdown / I Might Take You Back Again / Forget Me Not / Tried So Hard / Anna / If You're Ever Gonna Love Me / Aggravation / Sound Of Goodbye / Swing Low Sweet Chariot
1973 LP 12" UNITED ARTISTS UA-LA090-F (US) DON'T GIVE UP YOUR DAY JOB - Huckleberry Hornpipe / The Fallen Eagle / I Don't Believe You Met My Baby / Deputy Dalton / Teach Your Children / My Oklahoma / Down The Road / Winterwood / Honky Cat / Snowball / Lonesome Blues / Singin' All Day & Dinner On The Ground
1975 LP 12" TRANSATLANTIC TRA-291 (UK) COUNTRY GAZETTE - LIVE - Black Mountain Rag / Roses For A Sunday Morning / Blue Blue Day / To Prove My Love To You / Lonesome Road / Will You Be Lonesome Too / Only Way Home / Sally Goodin / My Baby's Gone / Sunday Sunrise / Laughing Guitar / Never Ending Love / Holland Holiday / Down In The Blue Grass
1975 LP 12" ANTILLES AN-7014 (NL) COUNTRY GAZETTE - LIVE - Black Mountain Rag / Roses For A Sunday Morning / Blue Blue Day / To Prove My Love To You / Lonesome Road / Will You Be Lonesome Too / Only Way Home / Sally Goodin / My Baby's Gone / Sunday Sunrise / Laughing Guitar / Never Ending Love / Holland Holiday / Down In The Blue Grass
1976 LP 12" FLYING FISH FF-027 (US) OUT TO LUNCH - Still Feeling Blue / Sure Didn't Take Him Long / Out To Lunch / Melody For Baby / Sing A Sad Song / Sunny Side Of The Mountain / Down Down Down / Why You Been Gone So Long / Forked Deer / Time Left O Wander / Last Thing On My Mind / Uncle Clooney Played The Banjo / Blue Light
1976 LP 12" TRANSATLANTIC TRA 318 (UK) SUNNY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN - Still Feeling Blue / Sure Didn't Take Him Long / Out To Lunch / Melody For Baby / Sing A Sad Song / Sunny Side Of The Mountain / Down Down Down / Why You Been Gone So Long / Forked Deer / Time Left O Wander / Last Thing On My Mind / Uncle Clooney Played The Banjo / Blue Light
06/1977 LP 12" RIDGE RUNNER RR-008 (US) WHAT A WAY TO EARN A LIVING - Goodbye Mitchell Jayne / Loving You Too Well / Dark Hollow / In Despair / Old Old House / Beautiful Life / One Woman Man / Shite Washed Chimney / On My Mind / Don't Let Your Deal Go Down / Last Letter
1977 LP 12" TRANSATLANTIC TRA 347 (UK) WHAT A WAY TO EARN A LIVING - Goodbye Mitchell Jayne / Loving You Too Well / Dark Hollow / In Despair / Old Old House / Beautiful Life / One Woman Man / Shite Washed Chimney / On My Mind / Don't Let Your Deal Go Down / Last Letter
1978 LP 12" SUNSET SLS-50414 (UK) FROM THE BEGINNING - Keep On Pushin‘ / Sounds Of Goodbye / Huckleberry Hornpipe / My Oklahoma / Hot Burrito Breakdown / Aggravation / The Fallen Eagle / Forget Me Not / Lonesome Blues / Deputy Dalton / Down The Road / Tried So Hard / Snowball / Lost Indian
01/1979 LP 12" RIDGE RUNNER RR-0017 (US) ALL THIS, AND MONEY, TOO ! - Love Over Lonesome / The Tracker / Cotton Eyed Joe / Eleanor Rigby / Why Don't You Tell Me So / Broken Wing / Gone, Gone, Gone / I'm Your Boy (Hot Burrito #2) / Old Fashioned Love / Another Rain Song / Devil In Disguise
1979 LP 12" UNITED ARTISTS ORL 8234 (US) FROM THE BEGINNING - Keep On Pushin' / Sounds Of Goodbye / Huckleberry Hornpipe / My Oklahoma / Hot Burrito Breakdown / Aggravation / The Fallen Eagle / Forget Me Not / Lonesome Blues / Deputy Dalton / Down The Road / Tried So Hard / Snowball / Lost Indian
11/1981 LP 12" FLYING FISH FF-253 (US) AMERICAN AND CLEAN - Hello Operator / Brother Slim / Highland Dream / Georgia / Drowning The Flame Of Love / Love, Lost And Found / Done Gone / Slipped, Stumbled And Fell / Nothing Is Left But The Blues / The Great Joe Bob (A Regional Tradgedy) / Lonesome Indian / Dog In The Moon / Georgia Ridge / Take It Away
1982 LP 12" FLYING FISH FF-295 (US) AMERICA'S BLUEGRASS BAND - Saro Jane / Darling Corey / Living The Good Life / Sweet Allis Chalmers / Money In The Mail / Master's Bouquet / Charlotte Breakdown / Stop Me / Take A City Bride / Molly And Tenbrooks / Sugar Mama / Kentucky Colonels' medley : I Might Take You Back Again - The Crawdad Song - Black Mountain Rag - New River Train
1984 LP 12" No label CGT 1 (US) RECORDED LIVE ON THE ROAD - Will You Be Lonesome Too / Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms / Dear Old Dixie / You Won't Be Satisfied That Way / Lonesome Indian / Blue And Lonesome / Texas Gales / Down, Down, Down / Rawhide / Panhandle Country / Sunny Side Of The Mountain / Sabrosa / Willow Garden / Stoney Creek / Working On A Building / First Album Medley / Keep On Pusing - Tried So Hard - Swing Low Swing Chariot / Foggy Mountain Breakdow
1984 LP 12" No label ? (JAP) RECORDED LIVE ON THE ROAD - Will You Be Lonesome Too / Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms / Dear Old Dixie / You Won't Be Satisfied That Way / Lonesome Indian / Blue And Lonesome / Texas Gales / Down, Down, Down / Rawhide / Panhandle Country / Sunny Side Of The Mountain / Sabrosa / Willow Garden / Stoney Creek / Working On A Building / First Album Medley / Keep On Pusing - Tried So Hard - Swing Low Swing Chariot / Foggy Mountain Breakdow
09/1986 LP 12" FLYING FISH FF-383 (US) BLUEGRASS TONIGHT ! - The Great American Banjo Tune / Don't Let Nobody Tie You Down / Poison Love / Kentucky Waltz / Cabin On A Mountain / Hound Dogs Never Die / You Can't Get The Hell Out Of Texas / Is There Life After You / Right Before My Eyes / Be Nobody's Darling But Mine / Lonesome Day / Colorado Turnaround
1987 LP 12" FLYING FISH FF-446 (US) STRICTLY INSTRUMENTAL - John Henry / Rainbow / Jamboree / Cherokee Shuffle / The Virginia Boys / Run, Johnny, Run / Wild Bill's Blues / St. Anne's Reel / Tallahassee / John Hardy / On Top Of The World / Bluegrass Medley : Blue Ridge Cabin Home - Will The Roses Bloom Again - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Little Girl Of Mine In Tennessee - Pain In My Heart
04/1991 CD FLYING FISH FFCD-70112 (US) HELLO OPERATOR... THIS IS COUNTRY GAZETTE - Saro Jane / The Virginia Boys / Love, Lost And Found / Don't Let Nobody Tie You Down / Sweet Allis Chalmers / You Can't Get The Hell Out Of Texas / Charlotte Breakdown / The Great Joe Bob (A Regional Tragedy) / Still Feeling Blue / Uncle Clooney Played The Banjo (But Mostly Out Of Time) / Molly And Tenbrooks / Kentucky Waltz / Blue Light / Tallahassee / Highland Dream / Last Thing On My Mind / Hello Operator / The Great American Banjo Tune / Nothing Is Left But The Blues / Cabin On A Mountain / Done Gone
09/1992 CD FLYING FISH FF-70561 (US) KEEP ON PUSHING - Alan MUNDE & COUNTRY GAZETTE - Rosa Lee McFall / Forgive And Forget / Get Up There And Dance (Bob Wills' Stomp) / Lovely, Lovely World / Anywhere The Wind Blows / Keep On Pushing / Pretty Boy Floyd / Picking At Snuffy's / Going Back To Alabam' / Lucky Dog / Marching Through Georgia / Live And love / We've Got A Good Fire Going / Durang's Hornpipe
02/1996 CD BEAT GOES ON BGOCD 298 (UK)

A TRAITOR IN OUR MIDST / DON'T GIVE UP YOUR DAY JOB - Lost Indian / Keep On Pushin' / I Wish You Knew / Hot Burrito Breakdown / I Might Take You Back Again / Forget Me Not / Tried So Hard / Anna / If You're Ever Gonna Love Me / Aggravation / Sound Of Goodbye / Swing Low Sweet Chariot / Huckleberry Hornpipe / The Fallen Eagle / I Don't Believe You Met My Baby / Deputy Dalton / Teach Your Children / My Oklahoma / Down The Road / Winterwood / Honky Cat / Snowball / Lonesome Blues / Singin' All Day & Dinner On The Ground

04/1998 CD ASPHODEL 75302-70982 (US) WORLD STANDARD - Introduction / Good Red Road / The Lonely Driver 1952 / Country Sad Ballad Man / Loser's Lounge / Old Man Blues / Loving Spoonful / Billy Strange Country / My Low-Chuned Banjo / 900 Miles From Home / Silent Homecoming / Hollyville Train / Montage / Lonesome Hobo-Land / Cowboys Don't Cry
2004 CD MUNDE'S CHILD MCR001 (US) ALAN MUNDE GAZETTE - This Morning At Nine / Don't Think Twice / Hamilton County Breakdown / My Kentucky Dream / Deep Ellum Blues / Daybreak In Dixie / Softly And Tenderly / Alberta Bound / Darcy Farrow / Misty Morning Amble / Put It Off Until Tomorrow / Home Again / It's Never Too Late / Never Ending Song Of Love
10/2012 2 CD BEAT GOES ON BGOCD 1016 (UK) COUNTRY GAZETTE LIVE / SUNNY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN / WHAT A WAY TO MAKE A LIVING :
CD 1 : Country Gazette Live: Black Mountain Rag / Country Gazette Live: Roses For a Sunday Morning / Country Gazette Live: Blue Blue Day / Country Gazette Live: To Prove My Love To You / Country Gazette Live: Lonesome Road / Country Gazette Live: Will You Be Lonesome Too / Country Gazette Live: Only Way Home / Country Gazette Live: Sally Goodin / Country Gazette Live: My Baby's Gone / Country Gazette Live: Sunday Sunrise / Country Gazette Live: Laughing Guitar / Country Gazette Live: Never Ending Love / Country Gazette Live: Holland Holiday / Country Gazette Live: Down In the Bluegrass / The Sunny Side Of The Mountain: Still Feeling Blue / The Sunny Side Of The Mountain: Sure Didn't Take Him Long / The Sunny Side Of The Mountain: Out To Lunch /The Sunny Side Of The Mountain:: Melody For Baby / The Sunny Side Of The Mountain:: Sing a Sad Song / The Sunny Side Of The Mountain: Sunny Side Of The Mountain / The Sunny Side Of The Mountain: Down Down Down / The Sunny Side Of The Mountain: Why You Been Gone So Long / The Sunny Side Of The Mountain: Forked Deer / The Sunny Side Of The Mountain: Time Left To Wander / The Sunny Side Of The Mountain: Last Thing On My Mind / The Sunny Side Of The Mountain: Uncle Cloony Played The Banjo (But Mostly Out Of Time) / The Sunny Side Of The Mountain: Blue Light
CD 2 : What A Way To Make A Living: Goodbye Mitchell Jayne / What A Way To Make A Living: Loving You Too Well / What A Way To Make A Living: Dark Hollow / What A Way To Make A Living: In Despair / What A Way To Make A Living: Old Old House / What A Way To Make A Living: Beautiful Life / What A Way To Make A Living: One Woman Man / What A Way To Make A Living: White Washed Chimney / What A Way To Make A Living: On My Mind / What A Way To Make A Living: Don't Let Your Deal Go Down / What A Way To Make A Living: Last Letter / What A Way To Make A Living: Nantyglo R.F.C.

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