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Industrial Strength BluegrassSouthwestern Ohio's Musical Legacy$
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Fred Bartenstein and Curtis W. Ellison

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043642

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043642.001.0001

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Green to Bluegrass

Green to Bluegrass

Reflections on an Unlikely Musical Career

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(p.124) 7. Green to Bluegrass
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Industrial Strength Bluegrass
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Lily Isaacs

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043642.003.0007

In 1949 Lily Isaacs came to New York from Germany with her Jewish family. She met Joe Isaacs when he played a Greenwich Village folk club with Frank Wakefield and the Greenbriar Boys. Married in 1970, they moved to South Lebanon, Ohio. Joe played with Larry Sparks. After Joe’s brother died in an accident, Lily converted to Christianity. She and Joe began singing gospel, and recorded with Hamilton’s Pine Tree Records and at Jordan Studios in Covington, traveled with children Ben, Becky and Sonya as Sacred Bluegrass, then moved to LaFollette, Tennessee. After Lily and Joe divorced, Lily and her children performed as the Isaacs, earned a 2016 Grammy nomination, and Lily published her 2014 autobiography, You Don't Cry Out Loud.

Keywords:   Lily Isaacs, Joe Isaacs, Frank Wakefield, South Lebanon, Larry Sparks, Pine Tree Records, Jordan Studios, Sacred Bluegrass, the Isaacs, You Don't Cry Out Loud

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