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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
The post-millennium proliferation of bluegrass performers on labels like Pinecastle and Lonesome Day shows no signs of letting up. And with a healthy market, listeners can choose between traditional, progressive, and the mushy middle. Mandolinist-singer Darrell Webb falls on the more traditional end of the pendulum, proudly showcasing the country twang in his vocal style on Behind the Scenes. He deepens the impression of good, old-fashioned music by relying on an even dozen songs that also lean toward tradition. The album gets a good start with the bouncy "Beg You Little Darling Not to Cry," and there's plenty of hot picking by Webb and guitarist Ron Stewart. While ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
The post-millennium proliferation of bluegrass performers on labels like Pinecastle and Lonesome Day shows no signs of letting up. And with a healthy market, listeners can choose between traditional, progressive, and the mushy middle. Mandolinist-singer Darrell Webb falls on the more traditional end of the pendulum, proudly showcasing the country twang in his vocal style on Behind the Scenes. He deepens the impression of good, old-fashioned music by relying on an even dozen songs that also lean toward tradition. The album gets a good start with the bouncy "Beg You Little Darling Not to Cry," and there's plenty of hot picking by Webb and guitarist Ron Stewart. While Webb handles most of the vocals on Behind the Scenes, he lets Dolly Parton take the lead on "Cold," a song she wrote. Parton's in good voice, and there's some great dobro work by Phil Leadbetter. There's also a nice take on "The Lonesome Fugitive," a song that Merle Haggard turned into a hit in the late '60s. Webb and friends' version is much more spry, driven forward by Harold Nixon's fine bass work. The album closes with "Lover's Lane," a lively song with a depressing lyric borrowed from the Carter Family. Behind the Scenes is an enjoyable album with solid picking and singing, and a fine introduction to Darrell Webb.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/2005
  • Label: Lonesome Day
  • UPC: 880259000620
  • Catalog Number: 6
  • Sales rank: 293,378

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Darrell Webb Primary Artist, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal)
Dolly Parton Vocals
Richard Bennett Guitar
Shannon Slaughter Baritone (Vocal)
Phil Leadbetter Dobro
Randy Kohrs Tenor (Vocal)
Dwight McCall Tenor (Vocal)
Ron Stewart Banjo, Bass, Fiddle, Guitar, Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal)
Shawn Brock Mandolin
Harold Nixon Bass, Acoustic Bass
Beth Lawrence Bass
Michael Cleveland Fiddle
Megan McKormick Guitar
Becky Sparks Baritone (Vocal)
Keisha Gillis Tenor (Vocal)
Beth Lawrence Acoustic Bass
Angela Oudean Fiddle
Technical Credits
Dolly Parton Composer
Mother Maybelle Carter Composer
A.P. Carter Composer
Sara Carter Composer
John Pennell Composer
Tim Stafford Liner Notes
Al Elliot Composer
Ron Stewart Producer, Engineer, Mastering, Audio Production
Ruby Rakes Composer
Darrell Webb Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Shawn Brock Producer, Audio Production
Jeff Barbra Composer
Randall Deaton Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bluegrass with plenty of vim and vigor

    Playing Time – 37:07 -- Don’t know about you but I like my bluegrass with plenty of vim and vigor. That’s exactly the kind of tasty material that Darrell Webb serves up. However, I’m curious as to why he didn’t lay in some vocal harmony on the opening cut, “I Beg You Little Darling Not to Cry,” which was featured on Volume 73 of Prime Cuts of Bluegrass. Webb is an expert guitarist, accomplished mandolin-player and also a vocalist with a great range. His experience includes working with JD Crowe & the New South, and Lonesome River Band. He replaced Dan Tyminski the first time that Dan left LRB and has done a couple stints with J.D. Crowe. Webb also has appeared on a couple of Dolly Parton’s albums. Now, Darrell is playing in the popular bluegrass band called Wildfire (with Phil Leadbetter, Robert Hale, Curt Chapman and Carry Crabtree). Darrell’s reputation as a songwriter is also well-known as some of his songs appear on CDs by Lonesome River Band and Lou Reid & Carolina. His originals on this CD include “Mother’s Hand,” “Imagine That,” “Behind the Scenes,” and “Get on the Path.” Back in 1998, Darrell’s first solo album, “Webbsite,” came out and was received with much critical acclaim. This West Virginian’s latest endeavor, “Behind the Scenes” features a great cast -- Ron Stewart, Randy Kohrs, Beth Lawrence, Harold Nixon, Phil Leadbetter, Dolly Parton, Dwight McCall, Michael Cleveland, Richard Bennet, Shannon Slaughter, Megan Mccormick, Angela Oudean, Keisha Gillis and others. Dolly’s lead vocals are featured on her composition, “Cold,” and it’s awesome to hear Stewart and Webb singing low harmonies with her. Personal favorite tracks are “Thank You Father For My Dad” and “Imagine That.” I guess the only thing I didn’t really care much for were the CD’s front and back out-of-focus photographs. This album deserved better graphics to correlate with the music’s professionalism. Don’t judge this book by its out-of-focus cover. Darrell Webb’s zeal for bluegrass is indisputable. What’s evident on this CD are the soaring vocals, nimble-fingered breaks, and perfectly piquant songs that convey plenty of good taste. I can see why Darrell has been called one of bluegrass music’s favorite entertainers. This album really packs a punch. (Joe Ross, Bluegrass Now)

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