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Boys From Indiana perform "These Are The Things That I Like"
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From their inception in 1973, Boys from Indiana remained one of the most
original bluegrass bands on the festival circuit. The core of the band was
comprised of the three Holt brothers: guitarist/bassist/vocalist Aubrey,
bassist/vocalist Jerry, and bassist/guitarist/vocalist/mandolin player Tommy. Born
and raised in rural Indiana, the brothers were surrounded by traditional music for
most of their lives, and were influenced by Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, and
Hank Williams. Aubrey formed his first bluegrass band with banjo-picking uncle
Harley Gabbard when he was just in his teens. "Family Reunion," one of the
singles they recorded for Starday, was later covered by Carl Story and the
Rambling Mountaineers and went on to become a minor bluegrass standard.
The band eventually dissolved, and Gabbard began playing dobro and worked
as a session musician and sideman for groups like the Osborne Brothers and
the Goins Brothers. Meanwhile, Aubrey tried to sell songs in Nashville, but
publishers felt that his compositions were too old-fashioned.
Holt and Gabbard reunited in 1973 to form the Boys from Indiana. The original
lineup also included bassist Jerry Holt, fiddler Paul "Moon" Mullins, and Noah
Crase on banjo. Their first album consisted of gospel songs, many written by
Aubrey. They recorded their next album for King Bluegrass and began touring
the bluegrass circuit, where Aubrey's songs and the band's tight vocal
harmonies made them a hit with audiences. Through the late 1970s, the band
recorded three more albums featuring Holt's songs, and occasionally tunes from
Crase and Mullins. In 1979, Crase and Mullins were replaced by Rod Case and
Billy Thomas. Tommy Holt, having just finished a military stint, also joined. During
the '80s, the Boys began organizing their shows around thematic concepts; two
of their most popular segments paid tribute to pioneers of bluegrass and to
American soldiers. The band recorded six albums during the '80s on their
Heritage label. In 1992, they recorded Touchin' Home. ~ Sandra Brennan, All