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Blue Side of the Blue Ridge

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
After cutting one album during the 1990s, Rambler's Choice disbanded, and the members went their separate ways. Lead vocalist/guitarist Junior Sisk worked with both Lost & Found and Blueridge, while bassist/singer Tim Massey worked in a variety of bands. Now, some ten years later, Sisk and Massey have put the group back together apparently minus the apostrophe in "Rambler's Choice" with mandolinist Chris Harris, fiddler Billy Hawks, and banjoist Darrell Wilkerson. While writer Jon Weisberger places Ramblers Choice's music somewhere between the new and old in the liner notes, Sisk's vocal is clearly old school, harking back to Bill Monroe country-tinged nasal. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
After cutting one album during the 1990s, Rambler's Choice disbanded, and the members went their separate ways. Lead vocalist/guitarist Junior Sisk worked with both Lost & Found and Blueridge, while bassist/singer Tim Massey worked in a variety of bands. Now, some ten years later, Sisk and Massey have put the group back together apparently minus the apostrophe in "Rambler's Choice" with mandolinist Chris Harris, fiddler Billy Hawks, and banjoist Darrell Wilkerson. While writer Jon Weisberger places Ramblers Choice's music somewhere between the new and old in the liner notes, Sisk's vocal is clearly old school, harking back to Bill Monroe country-tinged nasal. Having said this, the material does mix old and new, drawing from gospel, country, and contemporary sources, with songs about dust on the family Bible, broken love affairs, and making a living by making moonshine. The opener, "The Wolf Is at the Door," is a wry, uptempo number with some fine harmony work on the choruses, while the spry "Steel Rail Rider" brings the album to a joyful close. Ramblers Choice play well as a unit, focusing on the integrity of each song, and keeping the arrangements simple. The production by Ronnie Bowman who penned or co-penned several of the album's songs is likewise straightforward. With Blue Side of the Blue Ridge, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice have delivered a solid album that leans toward tradition.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2008
  • Label: Rebel Records
  • UPC: 032511182524
  • Catalog Number: 1825
  • Sales rank: 197,909

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Wolf Is at the Door - Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice (3:08)
  2. 2 You Let the Dog off the Chain - Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice (2:50)
  3. 3 Leaving Baker County - Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice (2:45)
  4. 4 How Could I Explain - Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice (3:59)
  5. 5 The Man in Red Camels - Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice (3:02)
  6. 6 Blue Side of the Blue Ridge - Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice (2:53)
  7. 7 Dust on the Bible - Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice (2:48)
  8. 8 I Did the Leaving for You - Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice (3:26)
  9. 9 Poor Mountain - Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice (2:53)
  10. 10 Little Bit of This, Little Bit of That - Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice (3:00)
  11. 11 The Man in the Moon - Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice (2:34)
  12. 12 Steel Rail Rider - Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice (2:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Junior Sisk Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Lead
Wyatt Rice Rhythm Guitar, Guest Appearance
Tim Massey Vocals, Acoustic Bass, Vocal Harmony, Lead
Billy Hawks Fiddle
Chris Harris Mandolin, Vocal Harmony
Darrell Wilkerson Banjo
Technical Credits
Wyatt Rice Engineer
Tom T. Hall Composer
Ronnie Bowman Composer, Producer
Dick Staber Composer
Tim Massey Composer
Benny Cain Composer
Vallie Cain Composer
Jon Weisberger Liner Notes
Patrick McDougal Composer
Ashby Frank Composer
Michael Patrick Heeney Composer
Rick Bartley Composer
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