About The Group
Like the Happy-Go-Lucky Boys were a group within the Wade Mainer band, the Shenandoah Valley Trio were a group within Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys. While personnel changed over the years, the best-known trio constituted the threesome that cut four sides for Columbia in 1950. In the mid-fifties the group phased out with changing times.
According to Monroe's most detailed biographer, Tom Ewing, sometime members of the Trio included not only members of the regular Blue Grass Boys, but featured others on the baseball team, or even those who were part of tent shows (whenever he had one). Some of the early members were Clyde Moody, Jackie Phelps, George Wilkerson, Jr. (son of the Fruit Jar Drinkers leader) and Mac Carger, who also played bass fiddle for the York Brothers, and Stan Hankinson of the Kentucky Twins. Personnel flu ctuated among all of the above. A later member was Charlie Cline.
Trio members who were on the Columbia session were bassist Joel Price (lead), guitarist Jimmy Martin (baritone), and fiddler Red Taylor (tenor). So that Price could concentrate on vocal lead, session bass man Ernie Newton played bass fiddle while Hank Garland on electric lead guitar and probably Jimmy Selph gave the trio a more contemporary sound. "Cabin of Love" and "Let Me Rest at the End of My Journey" were later recorded by Bill. The latter song was reissued by Rounder in their Early Days of Bluegrass Series. It was often sung and recorded by Ralph Stanley's bass player Jack Cooke. It is believed that Bill's brother Birch may have written all four of the numbers. Research and viewing of the record labels only shows the songwriter as "Burch."
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