High Country portrait High Country was the on-again/off-again band of West Coast mandolin picker Butch Waller, who was one of the first Northern California bluegrass musicians to form a full-time, professional band. Here's a quick look at Butch Waller and the High Country band...

Discography - Best-Ofs

High Country "The First 25 Years" (Big Chicken Records, 1993)

Discography - Albums

High Country "High Country" (Warner/Raccoon, 1971) (LP)
(Produced by Lowell "Banana" Levenger)

High Country "Dreams" (Warner/Raccoon, 1971) (LP)
(Produced by Lowell "Banana" Levenger)

High Country "Rough And Rocky" (Storm Records, 1979) (LP)
(Produced by Michael Ryan)

A nice, straightforward set of no-frills bluegrass, much of it with a strong debt to Bill Monroe. This edition of the band featured fiddling by Jim Moss, Dave Thompson on guitar, Kevin Thompson playing bass and, of course, Larry Cohea on banjo. Not terribly pyrotechnical, but solid and sweet.

High Country "Home To Me" (Swallow, 1984) (LP)

High Country "Blue Highway" (Turquoise, 1987) (LP)

High Country "Sunset On The Prairie" (Turquoise, 1990)

High Country "The Earthquake" (Allegro, 2008)

High Country "Perfect Companions" (Squirty Records, 2009)

Related Records

Butch Waller "Golden Gate Promenade" (Rebel, 1999)

A "solo" set from West Coast mandolinist Butch Waller, along with a host of fine, down-home pickers, including folks like Kathy Kallick, Laurie Lewis, Herb Pedersen and several of his High Country cohorts...

The Waller Brothers "The Old Photograph" (Strictly Country, 2008)

Butch and Bob Waller, of the High Country band, commune with the spirits of fabled "brother acts" such as Jim & Jesse, The Monroe Brothers and the Stanleys... Sweet stuff!


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