December 31, 1935 – December 30, 2003 Remembering Harley Gabbard
Remembering Harley Gabbard (December 31, 1935 – December 30, 2003) a successful resonator guitarist and recording artist, and performer with Aubrey Holt in the 1960s, before The Boys From Indiana were formed. The Boys from Indiana was one of the most original bluegrass bands on the festival circuit. The core of the band was comprised of the three Holt brothers; Aubry (guitar, bass and vocals), Jerry (bass and vocals), and Tom (bass, guitar mandolin and vocalist). They were joined by Dobro®-playing uncle Harley Gabbard.
The original line-up also included fiddler Paul “Moon” Mullins, and Noah Crase on banjo.
I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie