American Gothic: Bluegrass Songs of Death and Sorrow

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2003
  • Label: Cmh Records
  • UPC: 027297842120
  • Catalog Number: 8421

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 He Will Open the Gate (3:00)
  2. 2 O Death - The Heartbreak Valley Boys (3:46)
  3. 3 I'm a Stranger Here (2:41)
  4. 4 With Body and Soul - Bill Monroe (3:27)
  5. 5 I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling (3:36)
  6. 6 Rank Strangers - Carl Story (2:47)
  7. 7 Little Blossom (3:09)
  8. 8 Young Charlotte - Grandpa Jones (5:38)
  9. 9 Will the Circle Be Unbroken - Nashville Grass (3:26)
  10. 10 The White Dove (3:54)
  11. 11 The Ballad of the Lawson Family (2:34)
  12. 12 Barbara Allen (5:07)
  13. 13 Grave in the Valley - Jim & Jesse (3:17)
  14. 14 Bringing Mary Home (3:36)
  15. 15 The Little Girl and the Dreadful Snake - The Heartbreak Valley Boys (3:01)
  16. 16 The Wexford Girl (4:25)
  17. 17 Family Reunion - Carl Story (2:40)
  18. 18 Poor Ellen Smith (2:51)
  19. 19 Lonesome Day (2:40)
  20. 20 Take Me in Chains (2:03)
  21. 21 Darling Corey (3:16)
  22. 22 Angel Band - Carl Story (3:42)
  23. 23 Keep on the Sunny Side (3:31)
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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
Brian Chapman Mastering
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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