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The Easter Brothers perform "Forever On My Knees"
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It makes sense that the name Easter would be important on the gospel music
scene. In North Carolina, the Easter family has spawned several musical
aggregations with the extended lifespan of the resurrected as well as a multitude
of spin-off musical projects. Easter family groups are diverse in age--one can
book the elderly original Easter Brothers or bring in the youthful Easter Bunnies,
none of whom are old enough to drink. Not that they'd want to, all sharing a strict
Christian outlook. Perhaps the only Easter that is not part of this family dynasty
is Chapel Hill's producer, studio owner and performer Mitch Easter, who remains
more comfortable with a cheeseburger than a crucifix. The Easter name first
appeared in the professional gospel music world in the early '50s, when Russell
Easter, Sr., James Easter and Edd Easter began playing a combination of
bluegrass and gospel music in North Carolina. This was the original Easter
Brothers. Each brother became a father, and these various offsprings became
musically talented and eventual Easter Bunnies, hopefully in that order. From
Russell Easter Sr. sprang forth both Russell Easter Jr. and Rodger Easter.
James Easter fathered Jeff Easter and Steve "Rabbit" Easter, the latter child
named in tribute to the mysterious 13th disciple, Bugs Bunny. Edd Easter outdid
his brothers by coming up with Bobby Easter, Billy Easter and Arnold Easter.
One thing these Easter males had in common was that they were spending alot
of time sitting on the same bus, riding from gospel show to gospel show. The
Easter Brothers reputation as both performers and songwriters was naturally
spreading with each day's travel. It was a good inspiration for writing, and the
brothers became busy gospel tunesmiths whose songs such as "Thank You
Lord For Your Blessings On Me", "The Darkest Hour", "They're Holding Up The
Ladder", "He's The Rock I'm Leaning On", "Help Me Stand Lord", "Jesus, You've
Just Made My Day", "Heart That Will Never Break Again", "Please Don't Tell My
Daddy" and "Hand Me Downs" became standards covered by many other artists.
The group's discography includes sides done for several record labels
beginning with King a major '60s country label. The Easter Brothers also
recorded for QCA before starting up a family label, Commandment. That outfit
was eventually absorbed into the Lifeline label. The group also recorded for
Rebel, a hip bluegrass label, and Mission, often in combination with the Green
Valley Quartet.~ Eugene Chadbourne, All Music Guide