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Deep in the Mountains
     

Deep in the Mountains

by Longview
 
The bluegrass supergoup has a long and venerable history going back to the Bluegrass Album Band that formed in 1981 around the core of Tony Rice, Doyle Lawson, and J.D. Crowe. This one also includes Crowe, as well as five other musicians who have made their names in the

Overview

The bluegrass supergoup has a long and venerable history going back to the Bluegrass Album Band that formed in 1981 around the core of Tony Rice, Doyle Lawson, and J.D. Crowe. This one also includes Crowe, as well as five other musicians who have made their names in the years since, some as sidemen and some as leaders: fiddler Ron Stewart, guitarists/vocalists Lou Reid and James King, mandolinist/vocalist Don Rigsby, and bassist Marshall Wilborn. True to bluegrass-supergroup tradition, Longview's fourth album focuses on traditional standards, "acid-grass" chestnuts like "I'll Love Nobody But You," "Georgia Bound," and the Louvin Brothers classic "I'm Gonna Love You One More Time." There's a respectful rendition of the old Bill Harrell novelty tune "Eating Out of Your Hand," and the band also takes a cheerful swipe at "Cotton-Eyed Joe," which they play at a rip-roaring, old-timey string band tempo. But there are a few newgrass moments on the program as well, including a gorgeous Dudley Connell song titled "Weathered Grey Stone," a tune on which James King sings a gritty and dark lead before handing it off to his bandmates, whose backing harmonies are subtly complex and beautifully arranged. There's a clunker or two (most notably "At the First Fall of Snow," a dying-child tearjerker of the most odious kind), and too many of these tracks fail to fully catch fire, but nothing here is less than fun and enjoyable.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2008
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661057821
catalogNumber:
610578
Rank:
187193

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Longview   Primary Artist
James King   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Lead,Group Member
Lou Reid   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal),Lead,Group Member
J.D. Crowe   Banjo,Vocals,Baritone,Tenor (Vocal),Group Member
Marshall Wilborn   Vocals,Baritone,Acoustic Bass,Group Member
Don Rigsby   Mandolin,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal),Lead,Group Member
Ron Stewart   Fiddle,Vocals,Baritone,Group Member

Technical Credits

Jesse McReynolds   Composer
Charlie Moore   Composer
Bill Harrell   Composer
Dudley Connell   Composer
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Randall Hylton   Composer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Jim McReynolds   Composer
Bill Napier   Composer
Sanger D. Schafer   Composer
Scott Alarik   Liner Notes
Lorene Rose   Composer
John Sloas   Composer
Ron Stewart   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Hope Harlow   Composer
Wesley Easter   Engineer

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