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About the video
Bill Yates and Friends Country Gentleman Tribute Show at The Big Lick
Bluegrass Festival in Oakboro NC.
About the artists
Bill Yates was a member of The Country Gentlemen from 1969-1989, recording
17 projects with the group and traveling the world over. He’s received numerous
awards for his work with not only the “Gents” but also with Bill Monroe, Jimmy
Martin,and Red Allen.
Most recently, Bill has been dubbed as “The Ambassador Of Bluegrass” by not
only his adoring fans but also promoters and fellow musicians alike. Joining Bill
in this re-creation of the Original Country Gentlemen are six of the best
musicians in the East. David Propst on Mandolin, Kevin Church on Banjo,
Mike Clifton on Dobro, Terry Pearson on upright bass, Darren Beachley, guitar &
vocals, and Mike Phipps who’s voice sounds incredibly like that of the great
They released their first CD project in 2006 that became an instant hit and
followed it up with “Tribute 2″ in 2009.
After deciding to take the re-created sound on the road in tribute, Bill Yates and
the Country Gentlemen Tribute Band always look forward to performing their
“Country Gentlemen” sound out not only in honor of bluegrass icon , Charlie
Waller, but also because everyone in the band continue to be huge fans;
proudly proclaiming that the “Country Gentlemen” were one of the most
influential bluegrass groups in this or any other era.