sequenced on Sonar 3.1 Producer Edition
RealBand; Yamaha NP-V80
recorded at: Bird-On-Fire Recording Studio / West Union, Iowa
Who doesn't like the Everly Brothers? Back in the 1950s their music bridged the gap between traditional country and early rock 'n roll. Although born in Kentucky, Don and Phil spent most of their childhoods in Iowa since their dad, Ike, had a radio show on KMA and KFNF in Shenandoah.
The Louvin Brothers' influence
Even though their close harmonies were steeped in the tradition of the Louvin Brothers, Don and Phil's vocal blend, youthful appearance and Midwestern dialect allowed for a more mainstream appeal - making their crossover to rock 'n roll a natural transition.
The Everly Brothers' influence
From the very beginning of our [the Memory Brothers] career, we found that two-part, close harmony à la the Everly Brothers was always a crowd-pleaser. And of course the first Everly Brothers' tunes that any band learns would be "Dream" and "Bye Bye Love." So when it came time for Christopher Jon and me to pick songs for our Feelin' Alright album, we already had "Bye Bye Love" in our repertoire; so it was a no-brainer that we'd include it on the CD.
"Bye Bye Love" was the first song we recorded for this project, and we nailed it on our first take - it's not the Everly Brothers mind you . . . but it's close!