Saturday Matinee – The Darlings, The Dillards, New Grass Revival, Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, and Victor Wooten

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The Darlings were a regular feature on the Andy Griffith Show, usually showing up whenever there was trouble brewing (like when Ernest T. Bass tried to woo Charlene Darling). The Darlings were The Dillards.

The Dillards, live at the Tonder Festival in Denmark in 1999. Entertaining intro to Ebo Walker, song starts about 03:45 in.

But there was also a real Ebo Walker, an upright bass player from Kentucky, and the song is not a tribute. From a  Reddit discussion:

Harry Shelor

“Crazy story time. Ebo Walker’s real name is Harry Lee Shelor Jr, (there’s a song called Ebo Walker, which Harry took the name from). Harry cultivated and grew marijuana. He ended up shooting a Kentucky State Police Detective by the name of Darrell Vendl Phelps. He began serving a 50 year sentence in 1981.”

Shelor was released from prison in 2013, age 70.

Prior to his arrest in 1981, Harry Shelor/Ebo Walker was a founding member of The New Grass Revival.

New Grass Revival covers Townes Van Zandt‘s White Freightliner Blues (ca.1981). This lineup consisted of

Sam Bush – mandolin, fiddle, guitar, vocals
Pat Flynn – guitar, vocals
John Cowan – bass guitar, vocals
Béla Fleck – banjo, guitar, vocals

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, featuring Victor Wooten on fretless bass , his brother Roy “Futureman” Wooten on Drumitar. That’s one tight trio.

Victor Wooten won the Bass Player of the Year award from Bass Player magazine three times and is the first person to win the award more than once. In 2011, he was ranked No. 10 in the Top 10 Bassists of All Time by Rolling Stone.

That set of connections happened somewhat by accident, just like a lot of things these days. Find something fun to do this weekend accidentally, and when you’re done c’mon back here. Got some cool stuff for you to click on.

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2 Responses to “Saturday Matinee – The Darlings, The Dillards, New Grass Revival, Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, and Victor Wooten”

  1. wheels Says:

    Nice selection.

    I love the Dillards. I have their retrospective CD set, which is titled, “There Is A Time.” I’ve also got a banjo instruction/tablature book by Doug Dillard.

    I don’t have much of Sam Bush’s music, but I do have a mandolin instruction course on VHS that he did.

    I got to see Bela Fleck and the Flecktones in concert once. I have a few of their CDs, also. I also have a few traditional bluegrass CDs by Bela. I don’t have them handy (I’m not home), but my favorite is called Tales from the Acoustic Planet. For Celtic music on the banjo, though, my favorite piece is a medley of Jenny’s Wedding and Rakish Paddy by Tony Furtado.

    • Bunk Strutts Says:

      I have one CD of the Dillards, and it has all the essentials. As for New Grass Revival, I have a couple – “Commonwealth” is my favorite, and their cover of “Steam Powered Aeroplane” is one of my all-time favorite songs.

      There’s another connection in those selections. I went to school with a couple of brothers named Phelps; their relatives were from Kentucky. Sure, Phelps is a common name, but the photo of the Detective bears a striking resemblance to one of the brothers, and I’m guessing he was an uncle.

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