Harlan County Four

The Harlan County Four consisted of Alton and Rabon the Delmore Brothers, Red Turner, and Zeke Turner (James Grishaw). They did one eight song recording session for King Records on October 29, 1951, producing four single records which were all released in 1951 and 1952. Although the Delmore Brothers are present, the sound is different than Brown’s Ferry Four recordings. The tone is not quite as somber and the instrumental breaks feature mandolin (probably Red Turner) and two different guitar styles (one the Delmore style and the other probably Zeke Turner). Songs recorded included “John Three Sixteen”, “The Atomic Telephone” and “I Cried Holy.” This apparently was their only time together but they recorded some good gospel music.

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