A Little Ways Down The Road

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Cliff Waldron has been a bluegrass veteran for over 30 years. On his 2002 Rebel release, A Little Ways Down the Road, Waldron more than lives up to his reputation. He's assembled a sizable group that includes Nevin Lambert on mandolin, Steve Spence, bass, Billy Wheeler, banjo, Mark Clifton, dobro and Doug Bartlett on fiddle for a lively set of traditional bluegrass. The song selection shifts between originals, established classics, and religious material with Waldron handling the lead vocals. He's joined by Lambert and Spence for some lovely harmony on pieces like "My Favorite Time of the Day" and "God Walks the Dark Hills." Perhaps the most interesting song on the ...
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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Cliff Waldron has been a bluegrass veteran for over 30 years. On his 2002 Rebel release, A Little Ways Down the Road, Waldron more than lives up to his reputation. He's assembled a sizable group that includes Nevin Lambert on mandolin, Steve Spence, bass, Billy Wheeler, banjo, Mark Clifton, dobro and Doug Bartlett on fiddle for a lively set of traditional bluegrass. The song selection shifts between originals, established classics, and religious material with Waldron handling the lead vocals. He's joined by Lambert and Spence for some lovely harmony on pieces like "My Favorite Time of the Day" and "God Walks the Dark Hills." Perhaps the most interesting song on the album is "An Axe to Grind," a cautionary tale of marital infidelity. This fascinating little jewel sits comfortably between a religious song and public domain material, and it wouldn't be a stretch to call it "feminist." The primary image is that of a woman chopping wood. No one knows what became of her husband, but they do know that this axe grinding gal caught him cheating. The rest is left up to the listener's imagination. The song's companion piece is a fine version of Harlan Howard's "She's Gone, Gone, Gone," another tale of a woman who can live without a deceitful man. With this contemporary spin, A Little Ways Down the Road qualifies as a fine traditional bluegrass album that even Gloria Steinem could enjoy. Waldron fans are sure to greet the album warmly.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/21/2003
  • Label: Rebel Records
  • UPC: 032511179128
  • Catalog Number: 111791

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You're Not the Same Girl - Cliff Waldron & the New Shades of Grass (2:47)
  2. 2 My Favorite Time of the Day - Cliff Waldron & the New Shades of Grass (3:49)
  3. 3 A Little Ways Down the Road - Cliff Waldron & the New Shades of Grass (2:44)
  4. 4 God Walks the Dark Hills - Cliff Waldron & the New Shades of Grass (4:42)
  5. 5 An Axe to Grind - Cliff Waldron & the New Shades of Grass (3:47)
  6. 6 My Saro Jane - Cliff Waldron & the New Shades of Grass (2:37)
  7. 7 Home - Cliff Waldron & the New Shades of Grass (3:49)
  8. 8 I Would Like to See You Again - Cliff Waldron & the New Shades of Grass (2:44)
  9. 9 She's Gone, Gone, Gone - Cliff Waldron & the New Shades of Grass (2:36)
  10. 10 Why Not Confess - Cliff Waldron & the New Shades of Grass (2:15)
  11. 11 Only Trust Him - Cliff Waldron & the New Shades of Grass (2:32)
  12. 12 A Little Past Little Rock - Cliff Waldron & the New Shades of Grass (2:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cliff Waldron Primary Artist, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)
Dale Perry Bass (Vocal)
Doug Bartlett Fiddle
Nevin Lambert Mandolin, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Steve Spence Bass, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)
Billy Wheeler Banjo
Mark Clifton Dobro
Technical Credits
David Murray Composer
Dale Perry Engineer, Mastering
Cliff Waldron Producer, Liner Notes, Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    These guys lay their bluegrass down right!

    In the late sixties, Virginian Cliff Waldron began playing guitar professionally with Bill Emerson (as part of "Emerson and Waldron"), recording for Rebel Records, and having a bluegrass hit with Manfred Mann's song entitled "Fox on the Run." Waldron worked briefly with The Shenandoah Cutups before fronting The New Shades of Grass from 1968-74, a group that recorded seven albums for Rebel. In 1974, he started a career with the National Park Service that would span 22 years. After retiring, he returned to playing, singing and recording bluegrass and gospel music, and Waldron has released two solo albums, as well as a gospel album with Paul Williams, in recent years. Besides Waldron, this latest project features Nevin Lambert (mandolin and vocals), Steve Spence (bass and vocals), Billy Wheeler (banjo), Mark Clifton (dobro), Doug Bartlett (fiddle), and Dale Perry (vocals). These pickers all hail from Virginia, and Billy Wheeler actually played banjo in an earlier lineup of The New Shades of Grass from thirty years ago. Their rendition of "My Saro Jane" on this project shows that Wheeler hasn't lost any of his chops. Waldron's voice may have matured a little over the years, but he still sings traditional bluegrass with a great deal of heartfelt sentiment and sincerity. Nevin Lambert sings the lead on one cut, I Would Like To See You Again. The band's choice of material ranges from the traditional (My Saro Jane) to a bluegrassy cover of Karla Bonoff's "Home." The title track presents a new song by noted bluegrass songwriter Leroy Drumm. And, of course, gospel material is always a large part of any Cliff Waldron album. Every track offers 3- or 4-part harmony, and it might've been nice to hear the band really tear up a hard-driving instrumental tune. These guys know how to lay it down right, and fans of traditional bluegrass reminiscent of the sixties will be especially pleased. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

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