Late Senator Robert Byrd's 1978 Bluegrass Album Gets Reissue

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When he wasn’t weighing in on national policy issues as the longest-serving member of the U.S. Senate, Robert Byrd loved playing the fiddle.

According to the Associated Press, the 92-year-old representative who passed away Monday recorded a bluegrass album, Mountain Fiddler, in 1978. He was accompanied by Doyle Lawson (guitar), James Bailey (banjo) and Spider Gilliam (bass), all members of the Country Gentlemen band.

Now, Virginia-based County Records has announced plans to reissue the West Virginia Democrat’s old-timey compilation in the U.S. July 27. The remastering of the late senator’s album was initiated more than a year ago, according to Dave Freeman, owner of County Records.