The Dillon Brothers have been legends in their own minds since the 1960s. Jumpin\' Gene got his name first as a world-class high jumper, but found it transferred well to jump blues, and so kept right on goin\'. He was a prefounding member of the Special Consensus Bluesgrass Band in Chicago in the early 1970s and went on to perform blues harmonica with Pinetop Perkins, The Tail Dragger, Katherine Davis, and his own band, Off the Wall Blues Band. Doug \'The Deacon\' Rice founded Sugarfoot with Kenny Blackwell, Lisa Germano, Larry Platz, and Brian Lappin in the early 1970s. They performed with Tom T. Hall, The Osbourne Brothers, Bill Monroe, and many other greats. In 1995 Doug revived his \'60s psychband Beat 66, and also now has a solo career as Deacon Rice. Being Irish, Doug has an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through the joy of writing and recording the songs for this CD.
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