On This Day #21 – Carroll County Ramblers

On This Day …..

carroll_countyOn November 4, 1972, the Carroll County Ramblers – Dottie Eyler (vocals / guitar), Chris Warner (banjo), Leroy Eyler (mandolin), Bonnie Young (bass), Dave Lightcap (fiddle) – recorded two tracks Heather’s Reels and Ole Joe at Ken Alexander’s Studio, Dry Run, Pennsylvania.

Both were released on the LP Down To Nitty Gritty With The Carroll County Ramblers (Zap SLP-107) in July 1973.

The full track listing for the album is as follows ………

Heather’s Reel; Last Thing On My Mind; Heart Break; World Of Love And Sorrow; Sally Sweet; Sorrow’s All Around Me; Put My Little Shoes Away; White Dove; Beauty Of The Seasons; Ole Joe and Someday I’ll Settle Down.

Although Chris Warner can’t remember anything about the recording session, he says…..

“Dottie and Leroy Eyler …. were some of the nicest people you could ever be around. Leroy was a show booking power house. We played a lot of shows in the seven or so years I played with them.”

NB: Leroy Eyler passed away in 1995 and Dottie Eyler retired from performing in 2010, whereupon the leadership of the Carroll County Ramblers passed to their daughter Bonny Eyler (vocals/bass) and son Dale Eyler (vocals/fiddle).

Dottie Eyler passed away earlier this year.

The group, from Taneytown, Maryland, celebrated its 50th anniversary two years ago.

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.