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The Country Musical Duo: The Carlisle Brothers

April 26, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

CarlisleBrothersCountry Music Duo 1908-2003 (Bill) and 1904-1983 (Clifford)

On Tuesday, April 26, 2016 a Kentucky Humanities Council Chautauqua Program called The Carlisle Brothers: County Music Duo with Martin Harley and Greg Breeding portraying Bill and Clifford Carlisle, will bring a performance of music past to Anderson County. Born in Wakefield, Kentucky, Clifford and Bill Carlisle are among the pioneers of country music. Their songwriting, recordings, and instrumental abilities became a part of country music history. They remain a cherished link between old-time country music and today’s modern sounds.

A pioneer of early country music, Clifford Carlisle teamed with his younger brother, Bill, to form the Carlisle Brothers in the 1930s. the duo performed on Louisville radio in the 1930s, in an early manifestation of the barn-dance format. In 1938, they signed with Decca Records and during a stint on a Knoxville radio station they became the stars of two barn-dance programs. After World War II, the Carlisle Brothers signed with the King label, based in Cincinnati. There they had a huge hit, “rainbow at Midnight,” in 1946.

Enjoying both group and individual success, Clifford had written more than 300 songs by the time he retired. Younger brother Bill was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry in 1953.

The program is a presentation of the Kentucky Humanities Council in the series of Telling Kentucky’s Story, with local sponsorship provided by the Lawrenceburg Pierian Woman’s Club. The program is held at the Anderson Senior Citizen Center at 7:00 p.m.  Admission is free and open to the public.

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April 26, 2016
7:00 pm
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Anderson County Senior Center
160 Township Square
Lawrenceburg, KY 40342 United States
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