Heartache Looking For a Home

Heartache Looking For a Home

by Charlie Sizemore
     
 

Charlie Sizemore isn't really a bluegrass singer, but he plays one in the studio. Listen to the song that opens this album, the Sonny Tacket composition "Down in the Quarter." Sizemore and his band play it at a breakneck bluegrass pace, but there's none of the reedy, high-lonesome tone that traditional bluegrass demands: this is a country song and Sizemore croons it…  See more details below

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Charlie Sizemore isn't really a bluegrass singer, but he plays one in the studio. Listen to the song that opens this album, the Sonny Tacket composition "Down in the Quarter." Sizemore and his band play it at a breakneck bluegrass pace, but there's none of the reedy, high-lonesome tone that traditional bluegrass demands: this is a country song and Sizemore croons it like one, regardless of its headlong tempo. (A couple of other selections are written by Alan Jackson and Tom T. Hall, the latter being a particular obsession of Sizemore's.) When Ralph Stanley (Sizemore's former employer) joins him to sing tenor harmony on "Red Wicked Wine," the sound gets quite a bit more bluegrassy, but much of the rest of the album feels much more like acoustic country music. Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course; Sizemore makes "Feelin' Like El Paso" sound like it was written for him, and his take on Alan Jackson's "Walking the Floor Over Me" milks the cute but heartbroken wordplay just right. "Ashley Judd" is a great example of wry romantic longing, and the title track almost swings even as it weeps. Mandolinist Danny Barnes steps up to the mike with his clawhammer banjo and sings lead vocal on the traditional "Poor Rambler," and anyone who might think that Sizemore and his boys are actually incapable of straight-up acidgrass will be put firmly in his place by the band's barnburning take on "Going to Georgia." But even on that bracingly traditional and straight-ahead tune, Sizemore's vocal is relaxed, warm, and self-assured rather than intense and assertive. That would seem to make him something very rare: a truly unique bluegrass singer.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/2011
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661065727
catalogNumber:
610657
Rank:
254618

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie Sizemore   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Ralph Stanley   Harmony,Guest Appearance
Danny Barnes   Banjo,Mandolin,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
John Pennell   Bass
Ron Stewart   Fiddle,Guest Appearance
Josh McMurray   Banjo,Vocal Harmony
Matt DeSpain   Dobro,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Tom T. Hall   Composer
Billy Edd Wheeler   Composer
Bobby Braddock   Composer
Shawn Camp   Composer
Paul Craft   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Alan Jackson   Composer
John Pennell   Composer
Clark Gable   Liner Notes
Barbara Martin   Composer
Charlie Sizemore   Producer,Liner Notes
Ben Surratt   Engineer
Don Sampson   Composer
Larry Nager   Liner Notes
Larissa Collins   Art Direction
Matt DeSpain   Composer
John Preston   Composer
Keith Nixon   Composer

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