Uncle Earl

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This article is about the all-women American old-time music group. For the three-time Louisiana Governor nicknamed "Uncle Earl", see Earl_Long#Nickname "Uncle Earl".
Uncle Earl
Uncle Earl in 2007; from left to right: Rayna Gellert, Abigail Washburn, KC Groves and Kristin Andreassen
Background information
Origin United States
Genres Americana
Old-time music
Years active 2000–present
Labels Rounder
Associated acts Sparrow Quartet
Sometymes Why
Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble
Website uncleearl.net
Members Kristin Andreassen
KC Groves
Stephanie Coleman
Paula Bradley
Rachel Eddy
Past members Jo Serrapere
Tahmineh Gueramy
Amanda Kowalski
Sharon Gilchrist
Casey Henry
Sally Truitt
Rayna Gellert
Abigail Washburn
Bryn Davies
European tour 2010 at Kult, Niederstetten; from left to right: Rachel Eddy, KC Groves, Kristin Andreassen, Stephanie Coleman and Paula Bradley

Uncle Earl is an American old-time music group, formed in 2000[1] by KC Groves and Jo Serrapere. They are an all-women-band and often they refer to themselves as the g'Earls. Their fans have also been nicknamed as g'Earlfriends.[2]

By March 2007, the release of Waterloo, Tennessee was the fifth record by the band, produced by the famed John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin fame. The number of albums created by the bandmates was an impressive accomplishment considering that the members all live in different parts of the United States.


KC Groves mentioned in an interview how the band got its name, "We just thought it would be a funny name for an all-women's group," she says. "But we are fans of Earl Scruggs, Steve Earle, and Uncle Tupelo. It did come up in our discussion that there's some important Earls in this business. And Uncles." [3]


KC Groves and Jo Serrapere started the band in 2000.[1] The Uncle Earl biography, however, states 1999 as founding year. Originally they had no real intention to start a band. They wanted to promote a CD with traditional material they had recorded and thus put together a small band to play a few shows. Since the shows went very well they kept on going.[4] Until the end of 2003 the line-up of the band had changed several times. Amongst the members in this period where Tahmineh Gueramy (fiddle, vocals), Amanda Kowalski (bass, vocals), Casey Henry (banjo, vocals) and Sally Truitt (bass, vocals).[5]

Jo Serrapere left in 2003 and plays now with the Willie Dunns.[6]

By the end of 2003 a durable line-up had fallen into place. All the band members are co-vocalists. It consists of KC Groves on mandolin and guitar, Abigail Washburn on banjo, Rayna Gellert on fiddle and Kristin Andreassen, guitarist, fiddler, and clogging. There was no permanent bass player.

In late 2009, the band members were very busy and had trouble coordinating schedules for tours. Rayna Gellert and Abigail Washburn left the band on amicable terms to pursue their other musical projects.[7] The new Uncle Earl line up is Andreassen, Groves, Stephanie Coleman on fiddle, Paula Bradley on banjo, banjo ukulele and clogging, and Rachel Eddy on banjo, fiddle, and bass.[8]

Bass players[edit]

For nearly four years Amanda Kowalski played upright bass with Uncle Earl. Sharon Gilchrist joined the band in late 2004 and can be heard on the seven song EP Raise a Ruckus.[9] There is a rather long list of other bassists with whom Uncle Earl have performed. On their website they mention Eric Thorin, Sally Truitt, Erin Coats Youngberg, Alana Rocklin, Mary Lucey, Bryn Davies, Laura Cortese, Kyle Kegerreis, Missy Raines, and Dan Rose, with whom they have recorded their album She Waits for Night.[1][10] Youngberg and Thorin play bass on the album Waterloo, Tennessee.

Sharon Gilchrist left the band in early 2005 to play mandolin in the Peter Rowan and Tony Rice Quartet. However Sharon Gilchrist played again at their 2010 Australian Tour.

Rachel Eddy joined so K.C. Groves took over the Bass mostly.[8]


She Went Upstairs[edit]

January 2002 (Jo Serrapere)

  1. Charlie He's a Good Ol' Man
  2. The Blackest Crow
  3. Orphan Train
  4. Dream My Girl
  5. Rubber Dolly
  6. Where the Soul of Man Never Dies
  7. Baby
  8. Lost Child
  9. Over in the Glory Land
  10. The Fox
  11. Snow White Dove
  12. Freight Train

Going to the Western Slope-EP[edit]

July 2004 (Uncle Earl)

  1. Coffee's Cold - Tater Patch
  2. Pale Moon
  3. Backstep Cindy
  4. Going to the West
  5. Coon Dog
  6. Keys to the Kingdom

Raise A Ruckus (EP)[edit]

December 2004 (Uncle Earl)

  1. Raise a Ruckus
  2. Stacker Lee
  3. Little Annie
  4. Julianne Johnson
  5. Walker
  6. Keys To The Kingdom
  7. The Izze Jingle

She Waits For Night[edit]

July 2005 (Rounder Records)

  1. Walkin' in My Sleep
  2. There Is A Time
  3. Sugar Babe
  4. Warfare
  5. Pale Moon
  6. Booth Shot Lincoln
  7. Willie Taylor
  8. Sullivan's Hollow
  9. How Long
  10. Old Bunch of Keys
  11. Sleepy Desert
  12. Divine
  13. Ida Red
  14. Take These Chains

Waterloo, Tennessee[edit]

March 2007 (Rounder Records)

  1. Black-Eyed Susie - (trad., arr. Uncle Earl)
  2. The Last Goodbye - (Ted Piney & Uncle Earl)
  3. One True - (Kristin Andreassen, Eric Merrill & Abigail Washburn)
  4. Wish I Had My Time Again - (trad., words & arr. Uncle Earl)
  5. My Little Carpenter (trad., arr. Uncle Earl)
  6. My Epitaph - (Ola Belle Reed)
  7. Buonaparte - (public domain, arr. Uncle Earl)
  8. Bony on the Isle of St. Helena - (trad., arr. Uncle Earl)
  9. Sisters of the Road - (Rayna Gellert, arr. Uncle Earl)
  10. Streak o' Lean, Streak o' Fat (a.k.a. Hongshao Rou) - (music: trad., words: Abigail Washburn & Jon Campbell, arr. Uncle Earl)
  11. D & P Blues - (Uncle Earl)
  12. The Birds Were Singing of You - (A. P. Carter)
  13. Wallflower - (Bob Dylan)
  14. Drinker Born - (Rayna Gellert, arr. Uncle Earl)
  15. Easy in the Early ('Til Sundown) - (Kristin Andreassen & Uncle Earl)
  16. I May Never - (K.C. Groves, Carol Groves & Uncle Earl)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Uncle Earl FAQ". Uncle Earl. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  2. ^ "Uncle Earl's Newsletter". Uncle Earl. July 2005. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  3. ^ "Uncle Earl adds modern sass to old-time music". Real Country Music. July 2005. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  4. ^ "Uncle Earl biography" (DOC). Uncle Earl. July 2005. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  5. ^ "Uncle Earl in the web archive". Retrieved 2007-09-30. 
  6. ^ . Willie Dunns Band Website (accessed 9 April, 2008)
  7. ^ "Big Changes in g'Earl Land!". Uncle Earl. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  8. ^ a b "Introductions and Updates". Uncle Earl. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  9. ^ "Raise a Ruckus Liner Notes". Uncle Earl. April 2005. Retrieved 2007-06-14. 
  10. ^ "Uncle Earl Newsletter Nov. 2004". Uncle Earl. Retrieved 2007-06-12.