The Sky Blue Boys - Willy and Banjo Dan Lindner

It's a venerable tradition as old as American music itself...

Two fellows with a mandolin and guitar, a musical teamwork built of habit, their voices fused in the special blend produced by kinship. They were called "brothers duets," and during the 1930s and ’40s it was the predominant format in country music, practiced by now-legendary teams of brothers on radio stations and stage shows throughout the countryside.

In Vermont, Dan and Willy Lindner, The Sky Blue Boys, have revived the tradition. Following the example of old-time duos such as The Blue Sky Boys, The Monroe Brothers and the Louvin Brothers they have built up a large repertoire of wonderful old ballads, parlor songs, heart songs and sacred numbers. Heeding their own musical instincts they have expanded the instrumentation to include a variety of acoustic instruments and added some newer songs including their own compositions.

Album cover of "Music in the Air"

Music in the Air (2006)

Country music like it used to be: old-time duets, parlor songs, gospel, instrumentals and more.

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The Sky Blue Boys - Willy and Banjo Dan LindnerWilly and Dan have played together for decades. They formed the celebrated Vermont bluegrass band Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys in 1972 and have toured and recorded extensively in that context, as well as sitting in on shows and recording sessions for many of the region's top acoustic musicians. But never far from their hearts were the sounds they learned to love long ago - the simple moving sounds of the early "brothers duets."

It's that clean, evocative sound The Sky Blue Boys now recreate for audiences throughout New England...a reminder of things past, and of things constant.

Note: For wedding receptions and other special events The Sky Blue Boys frequently add an outstanding fiddler to expand their repertoire and enhance the ensemble sound.

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For bookings, albums, and information: Dan Lindner, 242 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602; 802-223-6965, . Fee support for The Sky Blue Boys may be available to nonprofit organizations through the New England States Touring (NEST) program of the New England Foundation for the Arts. Visit for more information.  For a direct link to The Sky Blue Boys' profile go to, click on "Search" and enter Sky Blue Boys as keyword.

Dan and Willy on autoharp and guitar 2013    Willy mandolin 2013    Dan and Willy on dobro and guitar 2013