A Tribute to Jimmy Martin: The King of Bluegrass, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Although he is less well known than bluegrass pioneers Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley, the irascible Jimmy Martin has done as much as either to shape the sound of the genre, almost single-handedly developing what can only be termed honky tonk bluegrass. Martin is stubborn and brilliant, a rebel playing a style of music that favors tradition and only reluctantly abides innovation, and his larger than life personality has probably made him as many enemies as friends. But acknowledged or not, Martin's stamp is everywhere in contemporary bluegrass, and his impact on country music as a whole is also not to be underestimated. This tribute to Martin is rather special because it ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Although he is less well known than bluegrass pioneers Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley, the irascible Jimmy Martin has done as much as either to shape the sound of the genre, almost single-handedly developing what can only be termed honky tonk bluegrass. Martin is stubborn and brilliant, a rebel playing a style of music that favors tradition and only reluctantly abides innovation, and his larger than life personality has probably made him as many enemies as friends. But acknowledged or not, Martin's stamp is everywhere in contemporary bluegrass, and his impact on country music as a whole is also not to be underestimated. This tribute to Martin is rather special because it brings together four skilled musicians who all got their start as members of Martin's backup band, the Sunny Mountain Boys. Banjo players J.D. Crowe and Kenny Ingram, along with mandolin players Audie Blaylock and Paul Williams, join forces here to produce a surprisingly consistent and cohesive album. Their immersion in Martin's music is complete, which means they actually sound like a band with Blaylock handling most of the lead vocals rather than stars taking turns at the microphone, as is the case with most tribute affairs. Among the highlights here are versions of "Doin' My Time," "Ocean of Diamonds," and a marvelous rendition of A.P. Carter's "I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes." Also worth mentioning is the version here of Martin's wise and cautionary "God Guide Our Leader's Hand," which is timeless in its call for careful consideration in all things political.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2004
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 684038981922
  • Catalog Number: 9819
  • Sales rank: 86,068

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sonny Osborne Introduction (0:10)
  2. 2 Sophronie - Jesse Brock (2:39)
  3. 3 You Don't Know My Mind - Jesse Brock (2:58)
  4. 4 Losing You - Michael Cleveland (3:03)
  5. 5 There Ain't Nobody Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone - Michael Cleveland (2:48)
  6. 6 She's Left Me Again - Michael Cleveland (3:06)
  7. 7 Doin' My Time - Jesse Brock (3:48)
  8. 8 I Cried Again - Jesse Brock (2:27)
  9. 9 Home Run Man - Jesse Brock (2:14)
  10. 10 Ocean of Diamonds - Michael Cleveland (2:44)
  11. 11 God Guide Our Leader's Hand - Michael Cleveland (3:06)
  12. 12 What Would You Give in Exchange - Michael Cleveland (2:44)
  13. 13 I Like to Hear 'Em Preach - Michael Cleveland (3:10)
  14. 14 Hold Whatcha Got - Michael Cleveland (2:24)
  15. 15 My Walkin' Shoes - Michael Cleveland (2:15)
  16. 16 Steppin' Stones - Michael Cleveland (2:48)
  17. 17 I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes - Michael Cleveland (3:14)
  18. 18 Tennessee - Jesse Brock (2:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Audie Blaylock Guitar, Vocals
J.D. Crowe Banjo, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)
Jason Moore Bass
Harry Stinson Drums, Snare Drums
Paul Williams Mandolin, Vocals
Paul Williams Mandolin, Tenor (Vocal)
Kenny Ingram Banjo
Ben Isaacs Bass, Bass (Vocal), Baritone (Vocal)
Sonya Isaacs Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal)
Michael Cleveland Fiddle
Michael Cleveland Fiddle
Jesse Brock Mandolin
Technical Credits
Buck White Composer
Jimmie Skinner Composer
A.P. Carter Composer
John Eberle Mastering
Jimmy Martin Composer
Eddie Stubbs Liner Notes
Autry Inman Composer
Alton Delmore Composer
Paul Williams Composer
Paul Williams Composer
Steve Chandler Engineer
Lee Groitzsch Engineer
Ben Isaacs Producer, Audio Production
Harry McAuliffe Composer
Cliff Carnahan Composer
Tim Dillman Executive Producer
Paul Williams Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jimmy's music is laid down right!

    Playing Time – 48:19 -- This album opens with Sonny Osborne proclaiming, “Jimmy Martin is one of the best bluegrass pickers in this country today.” So what better way to produce a tribute album to The King of Bluegrass than to assemble four alumni of the Jimmy’s Sunny Mountain Boys -- Audie Blaylock, Kenny Ingram, J.D. Crowe, and Paul Williams. Blaylock spent the longest time with Jimmy -- from 1982-1991. Other artists called upon to assist include Jason Moore, Mike Cleveland, Harry Stinson, Ben Isaacs and Sonya Isaacs. Jimmy Martin’s music was a seminal influence that greatly contributed to the growth, development and popularity of bluegrass music. Jimmy also had a unique talent for finding some of the best musicians to produce his trademark “good ‘n country” sound. On this project, Audie Blaylock does a commendable job recreating the solid guitar work and inspired lead singing that Jimmy offered. A special treat is to hear the tenor and baritone vocals, along with respective mandolin and banjo, of Sunny Mountain Boys Williams and Crowe. Paul Williams even sings the lead on “I’m Thinking Tonight of my Blue Eyes.” The song arrangements (and even many instrumental kickoffs, fills and breaks) that Blaylock and crew use stay remarkably close to the classic arrangements on numbers like “Home Run Man,” “Hold Whatcha Got” and others. This tribute album, however, provides a little boost in tempo to “Hold Whatcha Got.” Just as with an earlier rendition, Paul Williams sings lead vocals on the verses, and tenor on the choruses, for cuts like “There Ain’t Nobody Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone.” Another example, “Losing You,” has Sonya Isaacs’ high baritone in place of the original Vernon Derrick’s. And she also adds a true-to-form high baritone on “Steppin’ Stones” (as Lois Johnson once did with Martin back in 1961). In at least one case, the vocal arrangement is embellished from a traditional version. A trio for “I Cried Again” is a case in point whereas I believe that Jimmy Martin originally just recorded this number as a duet. In recent times, Jimmy Martin has been fighting cancer, and we all wish him the best. An album tribute to this great musician from Sneedville, Tn. is certainly a fitting way to honor the 1995 IBMA Hall of Honor inductee. This group of friends and musicians knows how to lay Jimmy’s music down right. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

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