Among the first and finest of Northern-based revivalist bluegrass bands was the Charles River Valley Boys, an aggregation which combined instrumental prowess and authentic-sounding vocals with boundless enthusiasm to create music that has stood the test of time. For their 1962 debut, Bob Siggins (banjo), Ethan Signer (mandolin, fiddle), and John Cooke (guitar) combined with washtub bass master Fritz Richmond for Bluegrass and Old Timey Music. The stylistic range for this excursion was actually wider than the title would indicate, spanning traditional songs unknown in Appalachia, country novelty fare, and even ragtime. When the boys recorded Blue Grass Get Together two years later, Signer had been replaced by two veterans, mandolinist Joe Val and the great fiddler, Tex Logan. The musical focus is narrower but no one who loves bluegrass will complain about the red-hot picking and fine vocals here.