Representing a historical milestone in the Ozark music scene, the Eubanks Brothers are also one of the early bluegrass groups from this region about which very little information has been uncovered, other than mid-'50s recording activity and gigging around the lively tri-state area of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Although some of these recordings, including the misspelled "Message for Piece," were done simply by the trio of brothers Marlin, James, and Robert Eubanks, group photographs show a quintet including female vocalist Wilma Hastings, hardly a brother but certainly a pleasing addition to the mountain music harmonies. The brothers themselves were all natives of Oklahoma, born in increments in the decade beginning in 1926. Marlin Eubanks was the first, arriving in the summer, and followed by brothers whose births, if nothing else, revealed careful planning on the part of the parents, as a three- or four-year recovery period followed each child before the next came along. Scholars of the brother-duet phenomenon in old-time and bluegrass music can debate the difference between the harmonizing in a group with as wide an age span as Marlin Eubanks and his youngest brother Bob Eubanks, who was not born until May of 1936, and other ensembles in which the gap in years is slimmer. The potential for combining both pre- and post-pubescent vocal ranges, as musically exploited by many composers of early choral music in Europe, was not explored, however, since the youngest brother was in his late teens by the time the family band went professional.