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|James Price||Primary Artist, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin|
|James Alan Shelton||Guitar|
|Ralph Stanley II||Rhythm Guitar|
|James Price||Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes|
Posted October 1, 2010
The first few measures of "Soldier's Joy" set the stage for an album of lively fiddle tunes that roll along like greased lightning. From West Virginia, you may remember James Price from his days as fiddler and guitarist with the Goins Brothers. Since then, he's fiddled with Ralph Stanley for over eight years, and Price selected these 14 cuts based on the many requests he gets for good old-time standards like Sally Goodin', Dark as a Dungeon, Cacklin' Hen, Kentucky Waltz, Katie Hill, Farther Along, and Orange Blossom Special. I suspect that Price has won many a fiddle contest with these tunes. He also throws us a few interesting curves, like the less-often played Jimmy Campbell composition, "Runnin' Late" or the uptempo "Suwanee River Hoedown" (a piece attributed to Ruby Rakes and recorded by fiddler Chubby Anthony with the Stanley Brothers in 1959). "Pretty Little Indian" and "Flannery's Dream" are nice traditional tunes that aren't heard a lot today. Oh boy, James Price certainly knows how to saw those strings in an old-time way! Bill Monroe would be proud of his rendition of "Watson's Blues." That tune, as well as "Suwanee River Hoedown," also feature Price on mandolin and guitar. He has some great accompaniment from James Alan Shelton (lead guitar), Ralph Stanley II (rhythm guitar), John Risgby (mandolin), Adam Steffey (mandolin on two tracks), Steve Sparkman (banjo), and Mike Bub (bass). This is an excellent showcase for Fiddlin' James Price, and I commend him for being a tune-carrier for old-time fiddle music. The Clinch Mountain Boys have a long tradition of excellent fiddle players with the likes of Art Wooten, Joe Meadows, Ralph Mayo, Art Stamper, and Curly Ray Cline. Now, if you haven't already done so, we should add James Price to this list of luminaries as he's proven that he can fiddle with the best of 'em. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.