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I'm Torn
     

I'm Torn

5.0 2
by Randy Kohrs
 
It's easy to argue that once a genre like bluegrass gets popular, too many singers jump on board and the music gets watered down. Still, there should always be room for artists like Randy Kohrs. While many contemporary bluegrass singers seem to have smoothed all the wrinkles out of Bill Monroe's music, Kohrs keeps it natural, filling

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It's easy to argue that once a genre like bluegrass gets popular, too many singers jump on board and the music gets watered down. Still, there should always be room for artists like Randy Kohrs. While many contemporary bluegrass singers seem to have smoothed all the wrinkles out of Bill Monroe's music, Kohrs keeps it natural, filling I'm Torn with passionate vocals and great instrumental work. Indeed, a song like "Over You By Now" is a long way from tradition, but Kohrs' exuberant vocal gives it an earthy quality that hits the listener in the gut. He's joined by a series of good musicians, including banjoist Scott Vestal, mandolinist Josh Williams, and fiddler Tim Crouch. He's even joined by none other than Dolly Parton on "It Looked Good on Paper," and her work here has a lot more soul than her recent, celebrated work on Sugar Hill. Kohrs is also a good musician, and his Dobro adds a healthy dose of the blues to his style of bluegrass. With solid arrangements, a good set list, and fervent vocal work, I'm Torn is the kind of album that both traditional and contemporary bluegrass fans will enjoy.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/2004
Label:
Lonesome Day
UPC:
0880259000521
catalogNumber:
5

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Randy Kohrs   Primary Artist
Dolly Parton   Vocals
Carl Jackson   Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
James Mitchell   Guitar
Scott Vestal   Banjo,Overdubs
Josh Williams   Mandolin
Don Rigsby   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Robert Jason   Strings
Tim Crouch   Fiddle
Cody Kilby   Guitar
Josh Williams & High Gear   Mandolin
James Mitchell   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Aaron Ramsey   Mandolin
Jay Weaver   Bass Guitar
Pat Wages   Banjo
Brian Stephens   Guitar
Maggie Stephens   Bass Guitar
Shaunna Larkin-Kohrs   Fiddle,Viola,Vocals

Technical Credits

Dolly Parton   Duet
Pam Tillis   Composer
Susan Hill   Composer
Carl Jackson   Composer
Brian Stevens   Composer
Randy Kohrs   Composer,Engineer
Mike Ramsey   Composer
Michael Latterell   Engineer

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I'm Torn 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is a "10". Having managed to collect all of Randy's CDs, found them to all be top notch and "I'm Torn" is right up there at the top, also. The collection of songs is great and he does justice on all. If you do not own a Randy Kohrs CD 'yet', buy one soon; you have no idea what you have missed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Playing Time – 33:45 -- Resophonic guitarist Randy Kohrs is a well-known Nashville session musician who has also released three previous solo album projects. His fourth, “I’m Torn,” is an all-bluegrass album that will appeal to fans of all ages. Kohrs wrote or co-wrote all but two of the songs, produced, engineered, and mixed all the music on this disc. With the help of 15 noteworthy musicians, the result is a contemporary gift full of energy and velocity. Carl Jackson and Dolly Parton appear with Kohrs at track three, “It Looked Good On Paper” (written by Jackson with Pam Tillis). Randy has previously toured the world with Dolly as part of her band, The Blueniques. Randy’s participation as a session musician on over 300 albums has emphasized his expert instrumental virtuosity. This project is a showcase of his singularly impressive talents as a songwriter and singer. He sings with a no-holds barred style. He’s truly a well-rounded individual who is a deserving member of the bluegrass elite. The talented Kohrs has found his stylistic footing as a solo contemporary bluegrass artist, and his songs are distinguished by consummate pyrotechnics and drive. Whether your favorite is a hustling song like “Mountain Stone,” or a reflective, sad tale of growing old, “Fifty Good Years,” Kohrs covers many musical moods and the exercise yields bountiful rewards. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)