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The Peyton Brothers Finally!

The Peyton Brothers Finally!

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In the summer of 1961, our dad bought a giant console stereo that took up an entire living room wall of our modest Jacksonville home. We were all excited until we realized that we had no records to play on it. Daddy immediately went out to buy some music and as he left asked what type of music we wanted. On of us said, 'Get something with banjo.' Shopping the bargain record rack at a nearby drug store, he selected an armload of albums representing a diverse assortment of sounds including everything from The Boston Pops to Roger Miller. Including in this musical menagerie was a 'various artists' album that had bluegrass and old-time bands playing acoustic tunes featuring vocal harmonies not typically heard on the radio. It was engaging if not intoxicating, and served to pique an appetite that had already been whetted by appearances of the Dillards (also know as the Darling Family) on the Andy Griffith Show. Although we may not have realized it at the time, we were hooked.. A decade later in 1972, Michael, a high school senior, and Lee, a sophomore, were still living at home. John was in Jacksonville looking for a career after a two-year stint in the army, and Dan was on hiatus from college while working at the food stamp office in Gainesville. On a weekend visit to Jacksonville, Dan brought home a long-forgotten banjo which had been a 1961 Christmas gift inspired by the drug store record roundup earlier that year. Coincidentally, or perhaps serendipitously, John, Michael and Lee had recently attended their first bluegrass festival. Inspired by both the on-stage performances and the jam sessions in the parking lot, they were fired-up to learn how to 'pick'. When Dan pitifully performed the two songs he'd been working on for the last month, Michael said, 'Let me see that thing.' Within a few hours, Michael had convinced Dan that he should be playing guitar instead. Michael showed so much interest, talent and enthusiasm that just a few weeks later we all chipped in and presented him with his own banjo for his eighteenth birthday. Bitten by the music bug and wishing to be a participant in this newly found family activity, John boldly declared, 'I guess I'll have to get a mandolin,' and indeed he did. Again we all pooled our money and, for his birthday, bought him a mandolin. Within a few days we again heard, 'Let me see that thing', this time from Lee. Yielding to Lee's talent and determination, John amended his previous declaration, stating perhaps a little less boldly, 'I guess I'll have to get a bass'. He did, an from out of nowhere a band was formed. Within a year we were performing in public. For nearly forty years now, the Peyton Brothers have performed at festivals, clubs, colleges, theme parks, concert halls and even hosted our own television show. We've also played a number of other less prestigious venues that we refer to as 'goat ropings'. We've met thousands of people from every walk of life and have more stories to tell than you can imagine. Our music has taken us to many places and given us many wonderful experiences that we never dreamed would result from the purchase of that first banjo. We've done a lot and seen a lot, but one thing we haven't done is to record our music - at least until now. So after several prior attempts and countless requests, we've put together that sampling of some of our favorite songs. We hope you enjoy The Peyton Brothers...Finally! Over the years there have been many people who were part of our music and deserve to be thanked. While we can't think or even remember them all, we would like to name a few people who have been directly involved and whom we hope share some fond memories with us: Chuck Anderson, Skip Birong, Rep Boyett, Sally Ann Freeman, Charles Steadham, Allen McCollum, Ed McCullers, Pat 'Blinky' Paschal, and especially Donna Peyton for your countless hours of keeping us fed, cleaned, pressed and organized. Thanks to our late, but forever colorful father John Peyton, our two sib lings Vicky Rogers and Scott Peyton, and to our individual families who have always been supportive. Most importantly we thank our mother Rosalie Peyton without whom we obviously wouldn't be here. This is for you, Mama!

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Artist: Peyton Brothers
Title: The Peyton Brothers Finally!
Genre: Country
Release Date: 1/04/2009
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 884501150897

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