It was kind of destined that these two Garys would end up playing together, as both are from the Eastern U.S. Gary Gene Ferguson is from southern Pennsylvania and Gary Alan Ferguson is from the Fredericksburg, Va., area. Both have been involved in bluegrass music for many years—Gary Gene with his own Gary Ferguson Band, as well as with the late Mike Auldridge, Ron and Rob McCoury, Bill Emerson, Jimmy Gaudreau, Sally Love, and others. Gary Alan has performed with Knoxville Grass, Virginia Squires, John Starling, Claire Lynch, and others.
The two teamed up for a tour of Ireland in 2014, which was quite successful. Upon their return, they decided to record and the result is this new six-song EP, which contains their original tunes and a cover of the old chain-gang song “Walking Boss.” They are accompanied on this project by Ron Stewart and Mark Schatz. Gary Gene plays guitar and Gary Alan plays guitar, mandolin, and bass. Both are good vocalists and blend their harmonies together well. For originals, Gary Gene contributed “Henry Hill” (another of his Civil War songs) and “Love In The Dark.” Gary Alan wrote “Chase Away The Blues” and “I’m Still Here” and they co-wrote “Some Bridges Are Meant To Burn.” This is a really nice collaboration from the Garys and hopefully more to come in the future. (www.fergusonandferguson.net)BF