Clinch Mountain Echo

Curly Seckler - 60 Years Of Bluegrass With My Friends

(Vine Street VSR D 107) 1996
reissued on CD (Copper Creek CCCD-0227) 2004.

60 Years Of Bluegrass With My Friends
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This album was the brainchild of Billy Henson, a Nashville producer/songwriter, and was released on his Vine Street label in 1995.

John Ray 'Curly' Seckler was born on 25th Dec 1919[1] and played with Charlie Monroe, Jim & Jesse, The Sauceman Brothers; Flatt & Scruggs; Nashville Grass and for a few months from December 1951: The Stanley Brothers.[2]

For the sessions at The Home Place Studio's in Nashville, Curly gathered together as many of his old band-mates who were available: Mac Wiseman, Josh Graves, Tater Tate, Benny Sims, Benny Martin, Jimmy Martin and Willis Spears; and they were augmented by Kent Blanton, Billy Henson, Charlie Cushman, Julia LaBella, Doyle Lawson, Gene Libbea, Larry Perkins, Billy Rose, Kurt Storey, Ernie Sykes and Gene Wooten.

Mostly recorded in 1994, two tracks were sourced from previous recordings:- Shine On Me a 1951 WCYB radio recording by The Sauceman Brothers, and Swing Low Sweet Chariot from Curly's 'No Doubt About It' (Revonah) 1979 LP, with Marty Stuart singing lead.

Ralph Stanley is featured singing harmony vocal on Lord I'm Coming Home with the following personnel:-

In 2004, in time for Curly's 70th anniversary as a musician, Copper Creek reissued a revamped version of the album on CD, with new artwork. This added two tracks:- No Mother Or Dad which was only partially finished on the original sessions, and Mother Maybelle which was recorded at the 1994 sessions, but released on Larry Perkins' 'A Glad Reunion Day' album.

The Copper Creek CD reissue and other Curly Seckler material is available from

Spoken Introduction By Curly Seckler

We'll Meet Again Sweetheart
- Mac Wiseman

Lester Flatt / Earl Scruggs
Moonlight On My Cabin
-Curly Seckler

Harry McAulife / Bobby Gregory
Shine On Me
- Sauceman Brothers

P.D. arr. Curly Seckler
Salty Dog Blues
- Benny Sims

Zeke Morris / Wiley Morris
Mother Maybelle
- Curly Seckler

Joe Maphis / Rose Lee Maphis
Somebody Loves You, Darling
- Jim & Jesse

Zeke Morris / Wiley Morris
That Old Book Of Mine
- Curly Seckler

Curly Seckler
While In This World
- Curly Seckler

Curly Seckler
I'm Coming Back But I Don't Know When
- Jimmy Martin

Charlie Monroe
Lord, I'm Coming Home
- Curly Seckler

P.D. arr. Curly Seckler
I'll Go Stepping Too
- Willis Spears

Tom James / Jerry Organ
No Mother Or Dad
- Curly Seckler

Lester Flatt / Curly Seckler
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
- Marty Stuart

P.D. arr. Curly Seckler
Dedication to Grant Turner

Father's Table Grace
- Grant Turner

Otho Jones / Homer L. Sewell

Go To Top Of Page [1] Penny Parsons' book 'Foggy Mountain Troubadour - The Life And Music Of Curly Seckler' (p.1)
[2] Gary B. Reid's book 'The Music Of The Stanley Brothers' (p.32)