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The Isaacs singing "Peace Like A River".

About the artist

Through more than 20 albums and thousands of live appearances, the Isaacs
have become one of the most important acts in acoustic music. They have
helped build a bridge between bluegrass and Southern gospel music, combining
stunning, folk-influenced harmonies with world-class instrumentation and
award-winning songwriting.

Vocalist and family matriarch Lily Isaacs helped carve the family's style out of a
background that included off-Broadway theatre and a 1968 Columbia Records
album as half of the folk duo, Lily and Maria. Standup bass player and son, Ben
Isaacs, has played with Tony Rice, Ralph Stanley, Aubrey Haynie, Rhonda
Vincent and many others. Daughter Sonya Isaacs released several country
singles on Lyric Street Records, toured with Vince Gill and has recorded with
Dolly Parton, Stanley, Reba McEntire and Brad Paisley. Youngest daughter,
Becky Isaacs Bowman, is an award-winning songwriter who has made guest
appearances as a vocalist with Parton, Bryan Sutton, Paul Simon, Stanley, Mark
Lowry and others. John Bowman, a world-class multi-instrumentalist who has
worked and traveled with Alison Krauss & Union Station and Doyle Lawson &
Quicksilver, is married to Becky.

The Isaacs' long musical heritage and ministry began with a meeting in New York
of a Kentucky-born banjo player and New York-raised Jewish folk singer who had
never heard a bluegrass song. Lily Fishman was the immigrant daughter of
Jewish Holocaust survivors from Poland. Her musical tastes ran to Barbra
Streisand, and the only banjo she had ever heard was in the televised theme
song to "The Beverly Hillbillies." Joe Isaacs, the youngest of 17 children from a
poor East Kentucky family, had to sell blackberries to buy shoes and could never
afford to own an instrument of any kind growing up. He was influenced strongly
by the Stanley Brothers, and, after moving to Ohio, played for a time with Larry
Sparks and then Ralph Stanley. He was playing in the Greenbriar Boys when he
met Lily at Gerdes Folk City, a New York City hotspot that had played host to
both Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul & Mary early in their careers. Their marriage in
1970 prompted a journalist to write that the teaming of Joe and Lily was
"analogous to Ralph Stanley joining Joan Baez."