Turner Brothers (Red and Lige)

A mandolin and guitar duet who got their professional start at WROL in Knoxville, Tennessee, before moving to Renfro Valley where they appeared with the Rusty Gate Quartet as well as doing their duet act on the Renfro Valley Barn Dance. In 1945, they were hired by WLW where they remained until the breakup of the act. After Lige left, Red stayed on for a time, teaming up with Zeke Turner (James Grishaw) as Red and Zeke, the Kentucky Boys, and recording two singles for RCA’s “X” label. Red and Lige recorded for Radio Artist, Mercury, and Imperial Records. They cut an early version of “Kentucky” as well as numerous gospel songs. In 1966 they had a four-song gospel EP issued on Joe Grieshop’s Acorn label in Cincinnati, and in 1982 they backed Guy Blakeman on a fiddle EP he did on the Musique label in Loveland.

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