Cecil Soil Magazine March/April 2010 : Page 47

Deacon an n and Bonnie, early ‘40s Deacon’s steel guitar was featured as theme music by David Deacon and Bonnie, early ‘40s Deacon’s steel guitar was featured as theme music by David Brinkley in the 1960 CBS-TV Special for Minor League Baseball. In 1961, a pinnacle of his success was when his instrumental, “I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight” reached the top ten on country music charts and was enshrined in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Deacon owned and operated the Brumfi eld Barbershop on Main Street for over 50 years, most of that time in partnership with his son, Butch. He retired in the ‘70s, but then returned to music to form his own group, The Deacon Brumfi eld Band. The band consisted of Deacon, on the dobro and the fi ddle; Bill Harris as emcee, vocalist, and guitarist; Carmel Coleman on the banjo; Wayne Wright as vocalist and guitarist; and Ray Cowan on the bass. The group included other local musicians from time to time. They appeared twice each month at the Epics Lounge, Rising Sun and performed at various shows over the tri-state area. Deacon died in 1997 at the age of 77, but his music lives on in memory and in his recordings. His son, Butch, still owns and operates the barbershop on Main Street in Rising Sun. Butch has led and performed with his own band, The Epics, for 33 years. He has three sons, Kirk, Anthony, and Brian, who, as of yet, have not followed in the generational footsteps of family music. —CSM NOTE: Thanks to Bill Harris and Butch Brumfi eld for pic- tures, pointers, and references for this profi le. —AV Deacon an Deacon an Deacon an Deacon an Deacon an Deacon an Deacon an Deacon an Deacon an Deacon an on and Bonnie, early ‘40s Deacon’s steel guitar was featured as theme music by David Br and Bonnie, early ‘40s Deacon’s steel guitar was featured as theme music by David Brinkley in the 1960 CBS-TV Special for Minor League Baseball. In 1961, a pinnacle of his success was when his instrumental, “I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight” reached the top ten on country music charts and was enshrined in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Deacon owned and operated the Brumfi eld Barbershop on Main Street for over 50 years, most of that time in partnership with his son, Butch. He retired in the ‘70s, but then returned to music to form his own group, The Deacon Brumfi eld Band. The band consisted of Deacon, on the dobro and the fi ddle; Bill Harris as emcee, vocalist, and guitarist; Carmel Coleman on the banjo; Wayne Wright as vocalist and guitarist; and Ray Cowan on the bass. The group included other local musicians from time to time. They appeared twice each month at the Epics Lounge, Rising Sun and performed at various shows over the tri-state area. Deacon died in 1997 at the age of 77, but his music lives on in memory and in his recordings. His son, Butch, still owns and operates the barbershop on Main Street in Rising Sun. Butch has led and performed with his own band, The Epics, for 33 years. He has three sons, Kirk, Anthony, and Brian, who, as of yet, have not followed in the generational footsteps of family music. —CSM NOTE: Thanks to Bill Harris and Butch Brumfi eld for pic- tures, pointers, and references for this profi le. —AV DESIGN DESIGN BUILD GENERAL CONTRACTING CONSTRUCTION MANAGMENT MD: (410) 735-1696 DE: (302) 731-1333 www.nowlandassociates.com Special Care for your loved one! Our trained certified staff members provide residents with the most tender care and individual attention, while allowing them to retain their dignity. Deacon Brumfi eld Band: Deacon on the dobro and fi ddle; Bill Harris as emcee, vocalist, and guitarist; Carmel Coleman on the banjo; Wayne Wright as vocalist and guitarist; Ray Cowan on the bass March/April 2010 Your loved one will be treated like family in a comfortable and secure home-like environment that includes many activities and transportation to medical appointments. Call today to arrange your tour! 410-658-3846 or 443-466-3242 ~ 2 Locations: town & country ~ At Belvidere ~ 1505 Belvidere Rd • Port Deposit, MD 21904 Perryville Home ~ 350 Broad St • Perryville, MD 21903 47

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