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THE DIXIE GENTLEMEN

  • From Alabama.
  • Formed in 1956 as the Country Gentlemen but changed their name when they learned that another band had that name.
  • Featured Jake Landers (guitar), Rual Yarbrough (banjo) and Herschel Sizemore (mandolin). Vassar Clements also played fiddle with this group.
  • One of the few major label bluegrass bands of the period, recording several albums for United Artists.
  • Jake Landers wrote several songs that became classics, such as “Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine” and “This Is the Girl I Love.” He is a former member of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys.
  • Herschel Sizemore is an influential mandolin player who has also worked with Del McCoury, The Shenandoah Cut-Ups and the Bluegrass Cardinals. Also has his own band.
  • Rual Yarbrough also worked with Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys in the 1970’s.  He died in 2010.
  • Landers has continued to perform and record with his own band in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
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