Chanteur & Banjoiste Bluegrass US né William Hundley Emerson, le 22 Janvier 1938 à Washington, D.C..

Bill Emerson is one of the most influential musicians in bluegrass. He began playing guitar in 1955 and banjo the following year, which was when he heard a performance by Uncle Bob & the Blue Ridge Partners on a Rockville, MD, radio station. He was so captivated by their sound that he went to the station to meet them, and was asked to join them. A few months later, Emerson joined Buzz Busby & the Bayou Boys. When an auto accident put Busby and some of the bandmembers out of commission, Emerson and bandmate Charlie Waller assembled a new band, the Country Gentlemen, to keep their booking at the Admiral Grill in Bailey's Cross Roads, VA. They recorded three singles for Dixie and Starday, including "High Lonesome" b/w "Hey Little Girl." In 1958, Emerson left the Gentlemen to play live gigs with the Stonemans, later playing with Bill Harrell, Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys, and Red Allen & the Kentuckians. In 1963, he appeared on the Jimmy Martin album This World is Not My Home.
While playing with Allen, he recorded a few albums as Bill Emerson & His Virginia Mountaineers, including Banjo Pickin' n' Hot Fiddlin' Country Style. In 1965, he left Allen's band and rejoined Jimmy Martin's for two albums. Emerson left again in 1967 and teamed up with Cliff Waldron to form Emerson & Waldron & the Lee Highway Boys. The group recorded three albums for the Rebel label, including Bluegrass Country. He returned to the Country Gentlemen in 1970, playing club dates and recording with them until 1972, when he was hit in the arm during a drive-by shooting as he and the band were leaving the Red Fox Inn in Bethesda, MD. He recovered fully and joined the U.S. Navy Band the next year.
Emerson's 20-year military stint was spent playing music in Washington, D.C., doing outside session work, and performing with his country/bluegrass band, the Country Current. Beginning in 1988, Emerson recorded two solo albums for Rebel, Home of the Red Fox (1987) and Gold Plated Banjo (1991). He was also honored by Sterling Banjo Works, who issued a Signature Series of banjos ("Bill Emerson Red Fox Model") and gear after him. Emerson released his Reunion album in 1992, which features various lead singers he had worked with over the years, including Jimmy Martin, Charlie Waller, and Tony Rice. He finally left the Navy in 1993 and subsequently released a duet album with protégé Wayne Taylor. His recorded output continued with Banjo Man in 1996, and Bill Emerson & the Sweet Dixie Band issued their eponymous Rebel debut in 2007. Emerson and the band returned in January 2010 with Southern (Emerson's sixth album as soloist or bandleader during his half-century career), a 12-track contemporary and traditional bluegrass album on the Rural Rhythm label featuring songs written by the likes of Vince Gill, Chris Hillman, Hazel Dickens, and Marty Stuart. Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie remained a popular bluegrass festival draw as the new millennium's first decade drew to a close.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Emerson_(musician)

Talents : Singer, Songwriter, Banjo, Guitar

Style musical : Bluegrass

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HOME SWEET HOME (1964) (Bill Emerson & His Virginia Mountaineers)

FOX ON THE RUN (1969) (Bill Emerson & Cliff Waldron)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles

1963 SP KA$H 1018 (US)

YATES BROTHERS & BILL EMERSON - Please Keep Remembering / Love's Chance Again 

1968 SP REBEL F-281 (US) Bill EMERSON & Cliff WALDRON - Deep River / Over Yonder Stands Little Maggie
1969 SP REBEL F-290 (US) Bill EMERSON & Cliff WALDRON - Proud Mary / Faded love

Albums

1962 LP 12"  MOUNT VERNON MVM-155 (US) PICKIN' & FIDDLIN' - BILL EMERSON & THE WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINERS - Rainbow Blues / Breezin' By / West Virginia Hornpipe / A-4. New Virginia Polka / Travelin' Down US Highway #1 / Lee Highway Swing / Lightin' Banjo / Smokey Bill / Horseshoe Blues / Fingers On Fire / Hogwash 
1963 LP 12" CORONET CX-188 (US) BANJO PICKIN'' & HOT FIDDLIN' - BILL EMERSON & HIS VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS - Smokey Bill / Lee Highway Swing / West Virginia Hornpipe / Horseshoe Blues / Banjo Harp / Georgia Polka / Henry's Boogie / Hogwash / Rainbow Blues / Fingers On Fire
1964 LP 12" CORONET CX-200 (US) BANJO PICKIN'' & HOT FIDDLIN' - VOL. 2 - BILL EMERSON & HIS VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS - Old Joe Clark / Lonesome Road Blues / Baby Sue / String Time / Weepin' Willow / Big Maggie / Runnin' Wild / Home Sweet Home / Sweet Dixie / The Chicken Reel / Jesse James / Push And Shove / Honeysuckle 
1968 LP 12" REBEL SLP-1485 (US) NEW SHADES OF GRASS - Bill EMERSON & Cliff WALDRON - If I Were A Carpenter / Indian Hill / Our Darlings Gone / Freight Train / Snake / Little Nellie Grey / I'm Bound To Ride / Redwing / You Didn't Say Goodbye / Snow Deer / Message For Peace / Wildwood Hoedown
1969 LP 12" REBEL SLP-1489 (US) EMERSON & WALDRON - BLUEGRASS COUNTRY - Bill EMERSON & Cliff WALDRON - Proud Mary / Runnin' South / A Lonesome Night / Midnight Special / Trouble Among The Yearlings / All The Good Times / Fox On The Run / Faded Love / Deep River / Little Old Log Cabin / Maidens Prayer / Twenty One Years
11/1969 LP 12" DESIGN SDLP-645 (US) COUNTRY BANJO - Old Joe Clark / Feelin' Bad / Runnin' Wild / Spring Time / Baby Sue / Party Time / Weepin' Willow / Banjo Pickin' Time / Honeysuckle / Lonesome Road Blues 
08/1970 LP 12" REBEL SLP-1493 (US) EMERSON & WALDRON INVITE YOU TO A BLUEGRASS SESSION - BILL EMERSON & CLIFF WALDRON - Early Moring Rain / Who Will Sing For Me / Downtown Blues / Home Sweet Home / Lodi / A Face From Another Place / Mama's Hungry Eyes / Spanish Grass / Break My Mind / Laura's Tune / I Feel Lonesome Too
1980 LP 12" Country Music Legends CML 4 (US)

20 Blue Grass Fiddlin' Banjo Hits - SCOTTY STONEMANBILL EMERSON - Scotty STONEMAN : Low Down Billy / Talkin' Fiddlin' Blues / Ole Joe Clark / Bill EMERSON : Party Time / Scotty STONEMAN : Fire In The Mountain / Billy Low Ground / 8th Of January / Bill EMERSON : Baby Sue / Runnin' Wild / Banjo Pickin' Time / Scotty STONEMAN : The Cacklin' Hen / Bill EMERSON : Feelin'Bad / Scotty STONEMAN : Wildwood Flower / Bill EMERSON : Ole Joe Clark / Weepin' Willow / Scotty STONEMAN : Orange Blossom Hoedown / The Mocking Bird / Bill EMERSON : String Time / Honeysuckle / Lonesome Road Blues

1983 LP 12" ARION ARN 33717 (F) FIDDLE AND BANJO BLUE GRASS - SUCCèS DE LA COUNTRY MUSIC - SCOTTY STONEMAN & BILL EMERSON - Low Down Billy / Talkin' Fidlin' Blues / Ole Joe Clark / Party Time / Fire In The Mountain / Billy Low Ground / 8th Of January / Baby Sue / Runnin' Wild / Banjo Pickin' Time / Orange Blossom Hoedown / The Cacklin' Hen / Feelin' Bad / Wildwood Flower / Ole Joe Clark / Weepin' Willow / The Mocking Bird / String Time / Honeysuckle / Lonesome Road Blues
1987 LP 12" WEBCO WLPS 0123 (US) TENNESSEE 1949 - BILL EMERSON & PETE GOBLE - Tennessee 1949 / The Old Man And The Kid / Hoe Kicker / Country Life Looks Better (To Me Now) / Curly Maple / Leavin' You And Mobile (Too) / You Can Keep Your Mine Pound Hammer / Julianne / You Can Run (But You Can't Hide) / Blue Virginia Blues / The Grey Ghost  
04/1988 LP 12"  REBEL REB 1651 (US) THE HOME OF THE RED FOX - Home Of The Red Fox / Old Times In Virginia / Appalachiana / Stonewall Country / Cowboys And Indians / Theme Time / Sweet Dixie / Down To The Wire / Welcome To New York / Trail Dust
01/1989 LP 12" WEBCO WLPS 0128 (US) DIXIE IN MY EYE - Bill EMERSON & PETE GOBLE - Dixie In My Eye / Back To Hancock County / Flint Hill Special / Gonna Be Raining When I Die / It's Never Really Over / I'm Only A Phone Call Away / Coleen Malone / Back To Sugar Hill / Many Hills Of Time / My Kentucky Dream
1990 CD REBEL REB-CD-1123 (US) THE BEST OF EMERSON AND WALDRON - BILL EMERSON & CLIFF WALDRON - Early Morning Rain /  I'm Bound To Ride / There's No Room In My Heart For The Blues / Fox On The Run / Spanish Grass / Lonesome Night / Deep River / If I Were A Carpenter / Shiloh / Little Maggie / Our Darling's Gone / Wheels / Proud Mary / I Know You're Married / You Didn't Say Goodbye / Who Will Sing For Me?
09/1990 CD REBEL CD 1671 (US) GOLD PLATED BANJO - Ridin' The High Iron / Black Mountain Rag / New Camptown Races / Silver Bell / Ridin The High Iron / True Blue / Reynard In The Canebrakes / Earl's Brakedown / Home Sweet Home / Jump Crickett Jump / Choking The Strings / Knights Of The Golden Horseshoe
09/1991 CD WEBCO WRCD-0140 (US) BILL EMERSON REUNION - We'll Meet Again Sweetheart (Tony RICE) / The Gunfighter's Lament (Pete GOBLE) / My Smokey Mountain Home (Wayne TAYLOR) / On Whiskey Mountain (Bill HARRELL) / The Last Song (Jimmy MARTIN) / Don't Wake Me (Red ALLEN) / Teach Your Children (Charlie WALLER) / It Takes One To Know One (Jimmy MARTIN) / When We Look On His Face (Cliff WALDRON) / High Lonesome (Charlie WALLER) / I Don't Know Why (Red ALLEN) / Old Salty Dog Blues (Tony RICE)
07/1994 CD WEBCO WRCD-0146 (US) APPALOOSA - Bill EMERSON & Wayne TAYLOR - Appaloosa / Do You Still Love Me / Tex-Mex Shindig / We Used To Have It Made / Some Things I Hope I Ain't / Español / Too Many Tears / Song For L.R. / The Old Lonesome Road Blues / Storm Cloud / On This Rainy Day / Lonesome Pine Breakdown / Rose
08/1994 CD ARION 723721288921 (F)

BLUEGRASS FOR FIDDLE AND BANJO - SUCCèS DE LA COUNTRY MUSIC - SCOTTY STONEMAN & BILL EMERSON - Low Down Billy / Talkin' Fidlin' Blues / Ole Joe Clark / Party Time / Fire In The Mountain / Billy Low Ground / 8th Of January / Baby Sue / Runnin' Wild / Banjo Pickin' Time / Orange Blossom Hoedown / The Cacklin' Hen / Feelin' Bad / Wildwood Flower / Ole Joe Clark / Weepin' Willow / The Mocking Bird / String Time / Honeysuckle / Lonesome Road Blues

09/1995 CD WEBCO WCD-6001 (US) WEBCO CLASSICS VOLUME ONE - Bill EMERSON & PETE GOBLE - Country Life Looks Better / Tennessee 1949 / Back To Hancock County / Dixie In My Eye / The Old Man And The Kid / Many Hills Of Time / I'm Only A Phone Call Away / Blue Virginia Blues / Leavin' You And Mobile / Colleen Malone / You Can Keep Your Nine Pound Hammer / Julianne / Back To Sugar Hill / My Kentucky Dream
02/1996 CD WEBCO WCD-0151 (US) BANJO MAN - My Little Home In West Virginia / Rawhide / The Grey Ghost / Nellie Grey / Randy Lynn Rag / Good To Go / Curly Maple / Soft Winds Of Oklahoma / Pick Your Own / You Can Run But You Can't Hide / Little France / Bill Cheatham / Flint Hill Special
02/1998 CD PINECASTLE PRC-1074 (US) EMERSON & NEWTON - A FOOT IN THE PAST, A FOOT IN THE FUTURE - BILL EMERSON & MARK NEWTON - Home Run Man / Long Gone Baby / The Vow / Wastin' Time / Monrosine / Opening Day / Don't Cry To Me / Just A Stone's Throw Away / The Singer / Wheels / Little Bessie / Headin' West
10/2007 CD REBEL 1823 (US) BILL EMERSON & THE SWEET DIXIE BAND - Ridin' My Thumb To Mexico / Hills Of Roane County / A Little Rain / Fiddler's Green / Yard Sale / Beautiful / Linda Lou / Maybe Someday / Cold Sheets Of Rain / Keep On The Sunny Side Of Life / All My Ramblin' Days Are Through / There's No Room Inside Your Heart / Sweet Dixie Girl / All The Best / Three-Day Beard And A Rusty Jeep 
01/2010 CD RURAL RHYTHM RHY 1053 (US) SOUTHERN - BILL EMERSON & SWEET DIXIE - I Don't Care Anymore / Love Reunited / Life In The Old Farm / The Midnight Train / Old Coal Town / The Black Fox / I Can't Find Your Love Anymore / Little Stone Lambs / Sometimes The Pleasure's Worth The Pain / Grandpa Emory's Banjo / Grandma's Tattoos / The Lord Will Light The Way 
04/2011 CD RURAL RHYTHM RHY 1079 (US) ECLIPSE - New San Juan / Jesse James / Coast To Coast / Chilly Winds / Espanol / Bed And breakfast / Don't Come Around / Ride It Out / Tex Mex Shindig / No Steering - No Brakes / Dickenson County Breakdown / Poor Rebel Soldier / The Grey Ghost / Old Cane Pole
01/2012 CD RURAL RHYTHM RHY 1091 (US) THE TOUCH OF TIME - My Baby Thinks He's A Train / Castle Hayne / Little Pink / Touch Of Time / Home Sweet Dixie Home / Today I Turned Your Picture To The Wall / The Rope / These Ones / You're The Highlight Of My Life / Love Gone Cold / Electric Avenue / Last Night I Was There 

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