Saturday, December 19, 2009

Phyllis Boyens Has Died

This from Ken Irwin of Rounder Records:

Phyllis Boyens Liptak passed away on Wednesday December 9th. The daughter of old-time singer and songwriter Nimrod Workman, Phyllis Boyens was a soulful mountain singer who recorded her only solo album, "I Really Care," for Rounder in 1983.

Half the album was country, the other half bluegrass backed up by the Johnson Mountain Boys. The following year she recorded a number of songs as part of the album "They'll Never Keep Her Down," a compilation of songs by women about coal mining. On this album, she was backed up by the short lived bluegrass band The Dreadful Snakes which included Bela Fleck and Jerry Douglas.

In 1980, she played Loretta Lynn's mother in the movie "Coal Miner's Daughter" and in 1984 she appeared in the TV movie, "The Doll Maker."

The folks at "Root Hog or Die" ( posted this video of Boyens and Workman:

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