Country Gentlemen Festival 1972






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Special thanks to Fred Bartenstein, Dick Bowden, Phil Zimmerman, Akira Otsuka, Sab Watanabe, Rienk Janssen, & Terry McManus for their help with the captions.
Country Gentlemen: Bill Emerson, Doyle Lawson, Charlie Waller, Bill Yates
JD Crowe & the Kentucky Mountain Boys: JD Crowe-banjo, Larry Rice-mandolin, Tony Rice-guitar, Bobby Slone-bass
IInd Generation: Jimmy Gaudreau, Wendy Thatcher, Eddie Adcock, Randy Stockwell
IInd Generation: Jimmy Gaudreau, Wendy Thatcher, Eddie Adcock, Randy Stockwell
3d row from bottom: Barry Stockwell, Tim Harlow, Bruce Stockwell, Doug Harlow. To their left with the hat is Ray Stockwell - Green Mtn. Boys; Bottom right: Carl "Buddy" Hoffman - Pine Hill Ranchers
Bob Allen, Zoe Fay Greenwood, Mac Wiseman, Wynn Fay
Midnight Ramblers: David Dougherty, Vernon Derrick, James Monroe, Lynn Dunn
Midnight Ramblers: Vernon Derrick, David Dougherty, James Monroe, Lynn Dunn
Midnight Ramblers: Vernon Derrick, David Dougherty, James Monroe, Lynn Dunn
Clinch Mtn. Boys: Keith Whitley, Curly Ray Cline, Ralph Stanley, Roy Lee Centers, Jack Cooke
Dr. Ralph Stanley
Curly Ray Cline
Curly Ray Cline, Roy Lee Centers
Ralph Stanley, Roy Lee Centers, Jack Cooke
Keith Whitley, Ralph Stanley, Roy Lee Centers
Photo on the August 2016 cover of...
Country Gentlemen: Bill Emerson, Charlie Waller, Doyle Lawson, Bill Yates
Bill Emerson, Doyle Lawson
Country Gentlemen: Bill Emerson, Doyle Lawson, Charlie Waller, Bill Yates
Doyle Lawson, Bill Emerson, Peter Rowan
Doyle Lawson, Bill Emerson, Peter Rowan
Peter Rowan, ?, Bill Yates
Bill Emerson, Doyle Lawson, Peter Rowan, Bill Yates
Peter Rowan, Bill Yates
Midnight Ramblers: Vernon Derrick, David Dougherty, James Monroe, Lynn Dunn
Midnight Ramblers: David Dougherty, Vernon Derrick, Lynn Dunn, James Monroe
Midnight Ramblers: ?, David Dougherty, James Monroe, Lynn Dunn
IInd Generation: Jimmy Gaudreau, Wendy Thatcher, Eddie Adcock, Randy Stockwell
IInd Generation: Wendy Thatcher, Randy Stockwell, Eddie Adcock, Jimmy Gaudreau
IInd Generation: Wendy Thatcher, Randy Stockwell, Eddie Adcock, Jimmy Gaudreau
IInd Generation: Jimmy Gaudreau, Wendy Thatcher, Eddie Adcock, MC Red Shipley?
Randy Stockwell, Bill Emerson, MC Red Shipley?, Eddie Adcock, ?
JD Crowe & the Kentucky Mountain Boys: Larry Rice, JD Crowe, Tony Rice, Bobby Slone
Herman Dunkley, Jeff Greenwood, Bob Allen, Mac Wiseman, Zoe Fay Greenwood (hidden), Wynn Fay - The Ridge Runners
McClain Family Band: Raymond W., Alice, Ruth, Raymond K.
New Grass Revival: Sam Bush, Courtney Johnson, Ebo Walker, Curtis Burch
Clinch Mtn. Boys: Curly Ray Cline, Keith Whitley, Ralph Stanley, Roy Lee Centers, Jack Cooke
Clinch Mtn. Boys: Curly Ray Cline, Keith Whitley, Ralph Stanley, Roy Lee Centers, Jack Cooke
Clinch Mtn. Boys: Curly Ray Cline, Ralph Stanley, Keith Whitley, Jack Cooke, Roy Lee Centers
Clinch Mtn. Boys: Ralph Stanley, Keith Whitley, Jack Cooke, Roy Lee Centers
Curly Ray Cline, Ralph Stanley, Roy Lee Centers, Jack Cooke, Charlie Waller, Bill Emerson
Country Gentlemen: Bill Emerson, Doyle Lawson, Charlie Waller, Bill Yates
Country Gentlemen: Bill Emerson, Doyle Lawson, Charlie Waller, Bill Yates
Country Gentlemen: Doyle Lawson, Bill Emerson, Charlie Waller, Bill Yates
Country Gentlemen: Bill Emerson, Doyle Lawson, Bill Yates, Charlie Waller
Country Gentlemen: Bill Emerson, Doyle Lawson, Bill Yates, Charlie Waller
Sam Bush, Curtis Burch (hidden), Richie Brown, Larry Rice, Wendy Thatcher, JD Crowe, Doyle Lawson, Courtney Johnson, Tony Rice, Charlie Waller, Eddie Adcock (hidden), Bill Yates
Bluegrass 45: Kouji 'Kenny' Takada, Akira 'Sleepy Eyed John' Otsuka, Haruo 'Bobby' Kurokawa, Tsuyoshi 'Josh' Otsuka, Takao 'Joe' Koba

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Bluegrass 45: Kouji 'Kenny' Takada, Akira 'Sleepy Eyed John' Otsuka, Haruo 'Bobby' Kurokawa, Tsuyoshi 'Josh' Otsuka, Takao 'Joe' Koba
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BG45 toured the States in 71 & 72. The members who came in 71 were my brother Josh, Watanabe brothers (Toshio & Sab), Liao (Ryo) and me. Mr. Lee who plays guitar and sings, was also the original member but he could not come because he was studying in Taiwan in 71. After the 3 month tour in 71, Josh and I planned another tour in 72 but Toshio, Sab and Liao decided to stay home because having a permanent full time job was more important than a summer job. Considering the fact that working for a same company for 30-40 years was normal back then, it is understandable even though they really enjoyed the tour. On the other hand, Josh and I wanted to take another chance so we recruited new members (Kouji 'Kenny' Takada on fiddle, 'Bobby' Kurokawa on banjo & Takao 'Joe' Koba on bass) during the winter of 71-72 and this is the band you saw at the Country Gentlemen's festival in 72.

- Akira Otsuka, November 2016
Bluegrass 45: Kouji 'Kenny' Takada, Akira 'Sleepy Eyed John' Otsuka, Haruo 'Bobby' Kurokawa, Tsuyoshi 'Josh' Otsuka, Takao 'Joe' Koba
Bluegrass 45: Akira 'Sleepy Eyed John' Otsuka, Kouji 'Kenny' Takada, Tsuyoshi 'Josh' Otsuka
Bluegrass 45: Haruo 'Bobby' Kurokawa, Akira 'Sleepy Eyed John' Otsuka, Tsuyoshi 'Josh' Otsuka
Bluegrass 45: Akira 'Sleepy Eyed John' Otsuka, Haruo 'Bobby' Kurokawa, Tsuyoshi 'Josh' Otsuka, Takao 'Joe' Koba
McClain Family Band: Raymond W., Alice, Ruth, Raymond K.
Haruo 'Bobby' Kurokawa
JD Crowe & the New South
IInd Generation: Jimmy Gaudreau, Wendy Thatcher, Eddie Adcock, Randy Stockwell
Jimmy Gaudreau, Wendy Thatcher, Eddie Adcock
Country Gentlemen: Bill Emerson, Doyle Lawson, Charlie Waller, Bill Yates
Country Gentlemen: Bill Emerson, Charlie Waller, Doyle Lawson, Bill Yates
MC Red Shipley, ?
Country Gentlemen
Country Gentlemen
Doyle Lawson, Don Stover*, Fred Bartenstein, Bill Yates, Charlie Waller

*w/Eddie Adcock's Fender banjo
Don Stover*, Fred Bartenstein, Bill Yates
*w/Eddie Adcock's Fender banjo
Eddie Adcock, MC Red Shipley, Charlie Waller, Bill Emerson
John Hall, Doyle Lawson, ? (hidden w/banjo), Don Stover*, Fred Bartenstein, Bill Yates
*w/Eddie Adcock's Fender banjo
Curtis Burch, Sam Bush, Richie Brown, Larry Rice, JD Crowe, Bill Emerson, Doyle Lawson, Eddie Adcock, Tony Rice, Charlie Waller, Ebo Walker (hidden), Bill Yates
Sam Bush, Richie Brown (hidden), Tony Rice, JD Crowe, Larry Rice, Eddie Adcock, Bill Emerson, Jimmy Gaudreau, Doyle Lawson (hidden), Charlie Waller, Peter Rowan, Ebo Walker, Bill Yates
JD Crowe, Wendy Thatcher (hidden), Eddie Adcock, Doyle Lawson, Ralph Stanley, Roy Lee Centers?, Tony Rice, Keith Whitley, Peter Rowan, Charlie Waller
Sam Bush, Curtis Burch, Richie Brown, Dave Dillon, JD Crowe, Eddie Adcock, Wendy Thatcher, Bill Emerson, Courtney Johnson, Doyle Lawson, Raymond W. McLain, Charlie Waller
Curtis Burch, Dave Dillon (hidden), Larry Rice, JD Crowe, Jimmy Gaudreau (hidden), Wendy Thatcher (hidden), Bill Emerson, Courtney Johnson, Doyle Lawson
Eddie Adcock, Courtney Johnson, Doyle Lawson, ?, Keith Whitley, Peter Rowan, ?, ?, Charlie Waller
Sam Bush, Doyle Lawson, Tony Rice
JD Crowe, Bill Emerson, Eddie Adcock, Doyle Lawson, Tony Rice, Peter Rowan
Peter Rowan, Wendy Thatcher, Ralph Stanley, Keith Whitley, Curly Ray Cline, Roy Lee Centers
Sam Bush, Bill Emerson, JD Crowe, Jimmy Gaudreau, Mac Wiseman, Larry Rice, Eddie Adcock
..., Charlie Waller
Ebo Walker, Bill Yates
Curly Ray Cline, Ralph Stanley, Mac Wiseman, Charlie Waller
?, Charlie Waller, Bill Emerson, Ralph Stanley, Mac Wiseman, Peter Rowan
Curly Ray Cline, Sam Bush (hidden), Eddie Adcock, Curtis Burch, ?, JD Crowe, ?, Larry Rice (hidden), Bill Emerson, Doyle Lawson, Courtney Johnson (hidden), Roy Lee Centers, Tony Rice (hidden), Peter Rowan, Charlie Waller, Keith Whitley, Mac Wiseman
Bill Hall, Joe Val, Herb Applin, Bob Tidwell
Bill Hall, Joe Val, Herb Applin, Bob Tidwell
Danny Marcus, Dr. Richie Brown, Dave Dillon, Joe Diviney?
IInd Generation: Jimmy Gaudreau, Wendy Thatcher, Eddie Adcock, Randy Stockwell
Bud Morrisroe, Dave Kiphuth, Dave Snell, Phil Rosenthal, Mark Rickert (hidden), Mac Wiseman, Harry Guffey