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, ErnieSee more details below

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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/2002
Label:
Cmh Records
UPC:
0027297841529
catalogNumber:
8415
Rank:
171694

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Tracks

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

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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

John Eberle   Mastering
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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