New Florida Boys make Debut Performance
A.B. Kendall has a report on his blog from the debut concert of Charlie Waller’s New Florida Boys. [EDIT, 11/8/10: The link is broken and has been removed.] The new group has been six months in the making, and gets high praise from Kendall.
In a move that comes as no particular surprise (given Waller’s musical tastes), it sounds like the new group’s repertoire consists primarily of Florida Boys material from forty years ago. This seems to suggest that the Florida Boys will join the ranks of the Blackwood Brothers, the Chuck Wagon Gang, and (to a lesser extent) the Dixie Echoes, groups that primarily perform material older than most of the members and rarely introduce new songs. But that is quite possibly the best niche for this group. It will provide them with sufficient material for their live programs while freeing them from the inevitable comparisons that would come from attempts to add to the legacy by finding and introducing new songs as good as the Florida Boys’ classics.