This performance, from 1986, shows the Boys performing one of their original songs, “One More Bluegrass Show”, a tribute to Bill Monroe, written by Aubrey Holt
The Boys From Indiana were a traditional bluegrass group from Milan, Indiana. The beginning took place in 1973, when brothers Aubrey and Jerry Holt, their Uncle Harley Gabbard assembled to record a Gospel album. They joined Middletown, Ohio radio host and fiddle player Paul “Moon” Mullins, along with banjo player Noah Crase to round out the project. A year later, in 1974, they launched the Boys From Indiana, featuring Paul Mullins and Noah Crase. Success came in 1975, after they recorded “Atlanta is Burning“. The title song from their second album and a compelling love story about a Civil War soldier who must leave his new bride and unborn child when duty called. The song gained them national attention and they began touring heavily throughout the United States and Canada.
Changes came to the band in 1976 when original members Paul Mullins and Noah Crase departed. Around this same time, brother Tom Holt joined the group. Immediately, he began choreographing their live stage shows with original show tunes and antics that made them immediately fan-favorites. The Boys traveled all the way to Washington D.C., in 1988, to play the Christmas Pageant of Peace, under President Reagan’s administration. They became well known for their strong original material, tight harmonies, and show tunes combined with on-stage antics. Ultimately, this would secure the Boys From Indiana’s place in bluegrass music history as some of the greatest entertainers the business has ever seen.
The group saw more changes, in 1994, when original members Jerry Holt and Tom Holt departed to pursue other careers. Aubrey and Harley continued on with the Boys through the end of 1995, when they decided to disband. In twenty-two years of traveling and making music, the Boys entertained thousands of fans and inspired a whole new generation of bluegrass artists. Aubrey and Tom Holt’s songs have been recorded by the likes of Alison Krauss, Charlie Moore, Blue Highway, Cherryholmes, The Grascals, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, The Wildwood Valley Boys, Feller and Hill, and many, many more.
The Boys From Indiana have created an online legacy. Their music and songs will live on via www.boysfromindiana.com. This new website will serve as an online museum and tribute to the Boys From Indiana. The largest collection of Boys From Indiana memorabilia in the world has been assembled right here. We feature never-before-seen video, exclusive photo collections, previously unreleased songs, stories and interviews with former band members.
We’re also excited to announce the Boys From Indiana Tribute project! This labor of love includes remakes of over 60 of their classic songs performed by an assembled group of A-list bluegrass players that have hauntingly recreated the classic Boys From Indiana sound. Look for Volume One coming soon!
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