There Is a Time

January 14, 2009

Remember the bluegrass band from the Andy Griffith Show named The Darling Family? They were mountain folk who occasionally rode into Mayberry on an old flat bed truck to stir things up, picking tunes the whole time.

They were portrayed by a real band named The Dillards (after brothers Doug and Rodney Dillard).

I always thought it was funny how ‘the boys’ never talked on the show, but when they played, their music spoke volumes. It was only much later that I realized how accurate was this portrayal of the mountain people of NC and VA where this music came from. Not much talking, but they could draw together in a circle and play a hundred old mountain tunes with complete mastery.

Andy Griffith repeatedly gave the Dillards two or three minutes of his prime time TV slot and let them share this music with the world.

Here is an amazing song called There is a Time from an episode filmed in 1963. The woman singing is an actress who played the role of Charlene Darling on the show.


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