Blue Sky Boys, The


  • A “brothers duet” from Hickory, North Carolina featuring Bill and Earl Bolick.
  • One of the most popular and durable country music acts of the 1930’s and 1940’s.
  • Influenced by the Monroe Brothers, The Delmore Brothers and the Dixon Brothers.
  • Signed with Victor (Bluebird) Records in 1936. They were very successful as recording artists, not because they had big hit records, but because of steady, long-term sales. Today, their records are collector’s items.
  • Best known for smooth, gentle harmonies and a tasteful repertoire of songs and hymns.
  • When World War II started, Bill and Earl both joined the Armed Forces. After the war, they resumed performing at radio stations across the south and recording again for Victor.
  • Were regulars on the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, Louisiana.
  • Turned down an offer to join the Grand Ole Opry, due to prior commitments.
  • Stopped performing together in 1951—due to changing trends in country music. Bill became a postal inspector and Earl worked for Lockheed Aircraft.