Vern Williams and Ray Park both grew up in the Ozarks of Arkansas, about five miles away from each other, but never met until moving to central California in the 1950s. Their memorable live performances and recordings in the '60s and '70s largely formed the basis for the bluegrass repertorie in California, and they became powerful influences on many aspiring bluegrass musicians.Their intensity and integrity left no doubt that they were the Real Deal.
Among those coming under the spell of Vern & Ray -- and playing in their bands on occasion -- were American roots music veterans Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick. They have been turning to Vern & Ray material since they began singing together in the mid-1970's, and dedicated their first duet album, Together (Rounder Records), to Vern and Ray. They now revisit these beloved songs for their newly-released (and long-awaited) second collaboration, LAURIE & KATHY SING THE SONGS OF VERN & RAY.
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