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High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass
     

High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass

 

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This companion album to the fine bluegrass documentary of the same name is a stirring collection of music. The presence of stalwart pioneers like Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley sees to that, as does the inclusion of innovators like the Osborne Brothers and the Seldom Scene. To attempt to sketch the story

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This companion album to the fine bluegrass documentary of the same name is a stirring collection of music. The presence of stalwart pioneers like Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley sees to that, as does the inclusion of innovators like the Osborne Brothers and the Seldom Scene. To attempt to sketch the story of bluegrass music is a daunting (and impossible) task, but this collection takes a good crack at it with well-chosen tracks and interjected comments by the artists. Fittingly, the collection starts with the father of the genre, Monroe, and his "Body and Soul." The track epitomizes the "high lonesome" sound with Monroe's mournful, almost barking cries and the glorious twin fiddles. Monroe and Stanley are covered well -- with recordings from the '50s (Ralph Stanley with the Stanley Brothers), '60s, '70s, and '80s -- without forgetting important folks like Mac Wiseman and Jimmy Martin. Particularly amazing is Ralph Stanley's gospel number "Gloryland," done here a cappella with Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley. It is at once spiritual, gorgeous, and chilling.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/17/1994
Label:
Cmh Records
UPC:
0027297800724
catalogNumber:
8007

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jim & Jesse   Track Performer
Bill Monroe   Track Performer
Osborne Brothers   Track Performer
Seldom Scene   Track Performer
Stanley Brothers   Track Performer
Ralph Stanley   Track Performer
Mac Wiseman   Track Performer
Kenny Baker   Track Performer
Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys   Track Performer
Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys   Track Performer
Clinch Mountain Boys   Track Performer
Virginia Boys   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Ralph Stanley   Arranger
David Haerle   Executive Producer
Gideon d'Arcangelo   Producer
Rachel Liebling   Producer,Liner Notes

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