Al Jones, Billy Baker & Dee Gunter
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  • Leaving Detroit
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:31) [5.78 MB]
  • Bonaparte’s Retreat
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (01:41) [3.85 MB]
  • Had a Dream About Mama Last Night
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:19) [7.58 MB]
  • Sally Ann
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:26) [5.57 MB]
  • Losing You
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:24) [7.8 MB]
  • Just a Memory
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:50) [6.49 MB]
  • Bill Cheatham
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:34) [5.89 MB]
  • Give Mother My Crown
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (04:04) [9.32 MB]
  • Little White Church
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:46) [6.34 MB]
  • I Can’t Give My Heart
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (02:49) [6.44 MB]
  • Please Play the Jukebox
    Genre: Bluegrass
    MP3 (03:34) [8.16 MB]
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Biography
Al Jones was born in 1932 in White Top, Va., a hamlet where walking up a hill would put you in North Carolina or Tennessee. In 1946, he moved with his family to Maryland where eight years later he took up guitar and began playing locally with Don Stover’s younger brother Eldon. After working briefly with Earl Taylor at Baltimore’s Club 79, he formed his own band, the Spruce Mountain Boys with Johnnie Whisnant, recording some original songs for the Rebel label. Al eventually teamed with banjoist Frank Necessary, with whom he cut a Rounder LP. Over the years he has also recorded with Buzz Busby for Old Homestead Records, and most recently for Patuxent Music. Checking his discography, it quickly becomes apparent that Al Jones has been sadly under-recorded.
Billy Baker was born in Pound, Va., in 1936 to a musical family. He began playing banjo and fiddle at an early age, and soon was playing dances with his dad. He worked and recorded with Earl Taylor at WBMD in the early 1960s. Billy soon joined Del McCoury’s Dixie Pals, recording with him for Arhoolie Records. He worked several tours with Bill Monroe in the 1960s, and in Los Angeles with the Golden State Boys in 1965. After returning east, Billy played briefly with Alex Campbell before spending three more years working and recording with Del McCoury. He later recorded several fiddle albums for Old Homestead; he remains currently active.
Dee Gunter has spent most of his life in Baltimore, where he has played with virtually every bluegrass band in the region. Born Willard Dewey Gunter in 1943 in Jerryville, W. Va., he was dubbed “Dee” by his elementary schoolteacher. He came to Baltimore as a guitar player but took up the banjo with Porky Hutchins as instructor. Dee formed a band called the “Greenbriar Valley Boys” with his brother Duane. When Dee lost his brother in 1969, he worked with Al Jones for a time. When Walter Hensley returned to Baltimore, Dee switched to guitar, joining Walt, Frankie Short and Dewey Renfro as the Dukes of Bluegrass. He worked with Hensley a total of 11 years, during that time recording an LP for Revonah. He played with Frankie Short 1970-’80, recording several 45 rpm singles. Dee was a member, along with Bill Runkle in the band Square Deal, with whom he cut two albums. He’s also worked or recorded with Tommy Neal, Delmar Delaney, Bill Sage and Grant Eller.
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  • Members:
    Al Jones, Billy Baker & Dee Gunter
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  • Influences:
    Jimmy Martin
  • AirPlay Direct Member Since:
    06/12/18
  • Profile Last Updated:
    06/20/18 15:44:00
Sabain Cymbals. SABIAN is all about designing and creating cymbals and sounds that are right for you.