His name was William Shakespeare Hays. Even though you’ve probably never heard of him, he was one of the most prolific composers of bluegrass songs ever. The conundrum is that he was born on July 19, 1837 and died on July 23, 1907. So how can someone so obscure be such a prolific songwriter of bluegrass music if he died four years before Bill Monroe was born? That, my friend, is what this article is about.
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Three CD Reviews
Chris Brashear is a man of many talents! Guitarist, fiddler, writer, and veterinarian. Mostly though, we know Chris through his wonderfully written reviews. This week he has published two of them for you. Take a look at his articles on the Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard DC Tapes and Rudi Ekstein's Carolina Chimes reviews.
Mark Hudson has been the most consistent CD reviewer for the HVBA. His first review was published in May of 2009. Folks, that is about one year after we began our website. This is only to say that Mark has the "creds" for reviewing CDs. To date, he has written about 44 reviews for the HVBA.
Now he has turned his attention to the Borrowed Tyme Band's eponymous album and we hope you will read Mark's latest contribution.