Essential Bluegrass Cardinals

Essential Bluegrass Cardinals

by The Bluegrass Cardinals
     
 
This collection does a valuable service in remembering one of the most underappreciated bluegrass outfits of the '70s and '80s. The unit made its mark as a trio, but the list of alumni who have spent time as part of that triad is formidable, including Bill Bryson, Randy Graham, Ernie

Overview

This collection does a valuable service in remembering one of the most underappreciated bluegrass outfits of the '70s and '80s. The unit made its mark as a trio, but the list of alumni who have spent time as part of that triad is formidable, including Bill Bryson, Randy Graham, Ernie Sykes, Norman Wright, Mike Hartgrove, Ronnie Simpkins, Bobby Clark, Dale Perry, Greg Luck, and Larry Stephenson. The Bluegrass Cardinals came out of the Los Angeles scene in the mid-'70s led by the evocative vocals of David Parmley (later of Continental Divide), who was only a teenager at the time but sounded like he had lived a few lifetimes. They soon headed east, cutting an album for Rounder in 1976 and following that with their CMH debut. Through consistent lineup changes, the group continued to release strong albums full of strong musicianship and extraordinary vocal work. The group's canon is well-represented here, from ballads such as "Blue Is the Color of Lonesome" (a Cardinals original penned by the Parmleys), "Sweet Hour of Prayer," and a heart-piecing take on Merle Haggard's "Don't Give Up on Me" to more up-tempo tracks, such as "I've Had a Time" and "Knee Deep in Lovin' You." This is not a comprehensive collection, but the selection is excellent, culling Cardinals originals as well as bluegrass, country, and gospel standards. The top-notch vocalizing is worth the price of admission alone.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/2002
Label:
Cmh Records
UPC:
0027297841529
catalogNumber:
8415
Rank:
71295

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Tracks

  1. Knee Deep in Lovin' You
  2. I Wonder Where You Are Tonight
  3. Blue Is the Color of Lonesome
  4. I've Had a Time
  5. 32 Acres
  6. Morristown
  7. Where Rainbows Touch Down
  8. The Old Man in the Park
  9. Mountain Laurel
  10. With Half a Heart
  11. Don't Give Up on Me
  12. Shine Hallelujah Shine
  13. Carpenter of Wood
  14. Crossing of Jordan
  15. Angels Rock Me to Sleep
  16. Sweet Hour of Prayer
  17. The First Time I Heard About Heaven
  18. Pretty Red Wing
  19. Eighteen Wheels
  20. Don't Come Running
  21. Jubilee Road
  22. I Know It's Wrong to Love You
  23. Lee Berry Rye
  24. Uncle Billy Play Your Fiddle for Me

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bluegrass Cardinals   Primary Artist
David Parmley   Guitar,Bass (Vocal),Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Don Parmley   Banjo,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
Warren Blair   Fiddle
Mike Hartgrove   Fiddle
Bobby Hicks   Fiddle
Ronnie Simpkins   Bass,Vocals
Tim Smith   Fiddle
Ernie Sykes   Bass,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Randy Graham   Mandolin,Vocals
Norman Wright   Guitar,Mandolin,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
John Davis   Bass,Vocals
Bobby Clark   Mandolin,Vocals
Essential Bluegrass Cardinals   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Randy Graham   Arranger
Lance LeRoy   Producer,Liner Notes
M. Christian   Arranger
Karrie M. Miller   Art Direction
Chuck Webster   Producer
Lance Leroy   Producer

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