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About the video
This old hymn is sung by the Cluster Pluckers. With the exception of the vintage
images, the photos are from the Olympic Peninsula and National Park and the
Port Angeles Harbor and Pier. Sometimes home does seem like the sweet by
and by until that day we do go to our home in Heaven.
About the artists
The Cluster Pluckers are a quartet of harmony singer-songwriters and country
music instrumentalists active since 1980. The original and remaining members
are Margaret Bailey, Kris Ballinger and Dale Ballinger, later joined by Mark
Howard. In the spring of 1980, the trio of Margaret, Kris and Dale first sang
together at a pickin' party. They were then joined by fiddler Frazier Moss. They
performed at the Folklife Festival Exhibition during the 1982 World's Fair in
Knoxville, Tennessee. In 1984 Kris and Dale performed with fiddler Junior
Daughtery at Carnegie Hall as part of a special American Folk Roots Concert
Series. In 1986 Kris and Margaret sang vocal harmony with Vassar Clements'
Hillbilly Jazz Band, on two of the group's albums and on national tour, then
performed on The Nashville Network television shows "''Nashville Now''" and
"''New Country''". The television exposure introduced them to country legend
Chet Atkins, with whom they then co-wrote the tongue-in-cheek song "''Would
Jesus Wear a Rolex?''" which became a minor hit for Ray Stevens, reaching #41
on the country chart in 1987, and was nominated for a Grammy Award. In 1987
Mark Howard joined the trio. Howard is a multi-instrumentalist and recording
artist who has been featured with many various country stars, for whom he has
also done engineering and production work, as well as writing string
arrangements for the Nashville Symphony and others.
The group has its own backup trio of bluegrass instrumentalists, humorously
named "Them Other Pluckers", consisting of Brent Truitt on mandolin, Blaine
Sprouse on fiddle and Richard Bailey on banjo, all of whom have toured and
recorded with a wide range of bluegrass and country artists. The Cluster
Pluckers have recorded four albums on their own label, CPR (Cluster Plucker
Records...Music Good for the Heart).
In 1991 they appeared on the PBS music television program Austin City Limits,
along with Chet Atkins. Other television appearances have included: * American
Music Shop, on The Nashville Network * The Statler Brothers Easter Special, on
The Nashville Network * Reno's Old Time Music Festival, on the Americana
Television Network * A Cluster Plucker Christmas, on PBS, for three years *
Songs of the Civil War, on PBS, with Hoyt Axton, produced by Ken Burns In
1995, their album ''Unplucked'' featured Johnny Cash on the song, "''Where the
Soul Never Dies''." On radio, the Cluster Pluckers have been featured on:
*Rider's Radio Theater, on National Public Radio with Riders in the Sky In the
1990s the group performed at a fundraiser event in front of President Clinton
and Vice President Gore at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, and
also for Tipper Gore's Birthday Bash at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville,
Tennessee. In recent years the group also tours and performs internationally.