American Gothic: Bluegrass Songs of Death and Sorrow

American Gothic: Bluegrass Songs of Death and Sorrow

     
 
Felling low? Life got you down? Well, it probably isn't as bad as it seems. One listen to American Gothic will convince one that as bad as life may seem, it could get even worse. The characters that populate this old-time bluegrass collection mourn for girlfriends and loved ones and, as if things weren't bad enough, desire to join them in heaven. In "Rank

Overview

Felling low? Life got you down? Well, it probably isn't as bad as it seems. One listen to American Gothic will convince one that as bad as life may seem, it could get even worse. The characters that populate this old-time bluegrass collection mourn for girlfriends and loved ones and, as if things weren't bad enough, desire to join them in heaven. In "Rank Strangers" a young man returns to his childhood home only to discover that no one recognizes him. A local resident tells him that they've all moved away "to a beautiful home" and the narrator knows that one day he'll join them and that he'll no longer be among strangers. "Poor Ellen Smith" was found "shot through the heart, lying cold on the ground," the victim of a no-count man, while "Bringing Mary Home" tells the tale of a ghostly hitchhiker who catches a ride each year on the anniversary of her death. American Gothic ends incongruously with "The Sunny Side," a song that asks the listener to keep his or her chin up despite the fact that one's world has gone to hell in a bucket. A good antidote perhaps, but it's easy to gain the impression, from the other 22 songs, that "the sunny side" will only be found on that peaceful, distant shore. Until that time, however, there's worse ways to pass one's time than listening to classic bluegrass.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/25/2003
Label:
Cmh Records
UPC:
0027297842120
catalogNumber:
8421

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddie Adcock   Banjo,Guitar
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Lester Flatt   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Josh Graves   Dobro
David Parmley   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Carl Story   Guitar,Vocals
Marty Stuart   Guitar,Mandolin
Mac Wiseman   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Grandpa Jones   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
Joe Maphis   Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Background Vocals,Guitar (Tenor)
Benny Martin   Fiddle,Guitar,Vocals
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Lloyd Green   Dobro
Allen Shelton   Banjo
Blaine Sprouse   Fiddle
Jesse McReynolds   Mandolin,Vocals
Don Parmley   5-string Banjo,Vocal Harmony
Ramona Jones   Fiddle,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Don Ange   Piano
Warren Blair   Fiddle
Bill Bryson   Banjo,Bass
Jimmy Capps   Rhythm Guitar
Steve Dilling   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Brantley Kearns   Vocals
Billy Linneman   Bass
Jim McReynolds   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Weldon Myrick   Steel Guitar
Bobby Osborne   Mandolin,Drums,Vocals
Sonny Osborne   Banjo,5-string Banjo,Vocal Harmony
Johnny Ridge   Bass,Fiddle,Vocals
Clay Smith   Bass,Rhythm Guitar
Ralph Smith   Accordion
Clarence "Tater" Tate   Fiddle
Mike "Hitman" Wilson   Guitar,Vocals
Jeff Dalton   Mandolin,Vocals
Randy Graham   Mandolin,Vocals
Bob Moore   Acoustic Bass
Missy Raines   Bass
David Brakefield   Drums
Billy Edwards   5-string Banjo
John Palmer   Bass
Benny Birchfield   Vocals,Hi String,Vocal Harmony
Red Rector   Mandolin
J.R. "Curly" Sechler   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
John Davis   Bass,Vocals
Doyle Dykes   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Dennis "Cannonball" Caplinger   Banjo,Fiddle,Mandolin,Percussion
Kenny Ingram   Vocals,5-string Banjo
Martha Adcock   Rhythm Guitar
Jervis "Pete" Corum   Bass,Vocals
Tommy Faile   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Don McHan   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Keith McReynolds   Bass
Dick Schuyler   Bass
Jeff Whittington   Steel Guitar,5-string Banjo
Jimmy D. Brock   Bass
Michael Aldridge   Bass,Mandolin,Vocals
Larry Beasley   Vocals,5-string Banjo
George W. McCormick   Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Vic Willis   Piano,Background Vocals
Charles Nixon   Dobro
Tim Smith   Bass
Arthur Smith Trio   Banjo,Dobro,Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Ray Adkins   Bass

Technical Credits

Lester Flatt   Arranger
Del McCoury   Composer
Bill Monroe   Composer
Ralph Stanley   Composer
Mac Wiseman   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Roy Acuff   Composer
Grandpa Jones   Producer
Jesse McReynolds   Contributor
Col. Jim Silvers   Producer
A.E. Brumley   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
John Duffy   Composer
Bobby Osborne   Composer
Sonny Osborne   Composer,Producer
Carter Stanley   Composer
Martin Haerle   Producer
Lance LeRoy   Producer
Billy Troy   Producer
M. Christian   Arranger,Composer
Don McHan   Composer
Virginia Stauffer   Composer
Gary Garett   Composer
Karrie M. Miller   Graphic Design
Vic Willis   Producer,Woodcut
Public Domain   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Arthur Smith Trio   Producer
Tim Clifford   Liner Notes
Albert Price   Composer

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