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Lefty's Old Guitar
     

Lefty's Old Guitar

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by J.D. Crowe & the New South
 
The title track is a loping, gentle tribute to honky-tonk giant Lefty Frizzell, told from the vantage point of his weathered six-string, now hanging on the wall in the Country Music Hall of Fame. A reverence for the past -- nearly palpable in its concise banjo fills, discreet pedal steel cries, haunting fiddle moans, and especially the warmth of Rickey Wasson's lead

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The title track is a loping, gentle tribute to honky-tonk giant Lefty Frizzell, told from the vantage point of his weathered six-string, now hanging on the wall in the Country Music Hall of Fame. A reverence for the past -- nearly palpable in its concise banjo fills, discreet pedal steel cries, haunting fiddle moans, and especially the warmth of Rickey Wasson's lead vocal and the tight, soaring harmonies supporting him -- is the essence of J. D. Crowe & the New South. On his first new album since 1999's Come On Down to My World, progressive bluegrass pioneer Crowe and his latest New South configuration (alumni include Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas, and Keith Whitley) haven't missed a beat, so to speak. Crowe's way is not one of bombast or even showy displays of impeccable speed-picked lines (allowed only in tempered, economical form, as evidenced by Crowe's own succinct banjo runs on the up-tempo tear-jerker "Loneliness"), but rather of subtlety and economy, saying in a few elegantly constructed, no-frills solos exactly what needs to be said in order to enhance the ambiance. Crowe favors songs in which actions have consequences, especially when you hurt the one you love. Loneliness and abandonment figure prominently here (on "Loneliness" and the bustling "Too Often Left Alone," most notably), as well as the ache of unrequited love (the classically styled honky-tonk lament "I Wish You Only Knew"), but there's redemption too (in the mid-tempo gospel meditation "You Can Be a Millionaire with Me"). Lefty's Old Guitar is a landmark moment for this bluegrass master.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
It's been over 30 years since J.D. Crowe laid down his legendary newgrass in the mid-'70s with Tony Rice, a lively mix of old and new acoustic music. Few groups sound this fresh today, and even Crowe leans much closer to tradition on Lefty's Old Guitar. Banjoist Crowe is joined by mandolinist Dwight McCall, guitarist Ricky Wasson, fiddler Ron Stewart, and bassist Harold Nixon on a dozen tradition-based songs that clock in at 34 minutes. Wasson handles most of the lead vocals, and his tone and range are vaguely reminiscent of Rice's; his depth and resonance add a bit of folk grit to ballads like "In My Next Life." He's usually joined by Crowe and McCall on the choruses, creating a rich harmonic mix and upping the emotional ante. In two instances, Crowe and the New South vary the mandolin/guitar/banjo arrangements, on "Lefty's Old Guitar" and "She Knows When You're on My Mind Again," adding Doug Jernigan's pedal steel. This adds a definite country flavor without really altering the band's bluegrass approach. For old fans and anyone who enjoys solid bluegrass performed with lots of feeling, Lefty's Old Guitar shows J.D. Crowe & the New South in good form.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/2006
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661051225
catalogNumber:
610512
Rank:
144517

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

J.D. Crowe & the New South   Primary Artist
Doug Jernigan   Pedal Steel Guitar
Rickey Wasson   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
J.D. Crowe   Banjo,Vocals,Group Member
Dwight McCall   Mandolin,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal),Group Member
Ron Stewart   Fiddle,Group Member
Cia Leigh Cherryholmes   Baritone (Vocal),Vocal Harmony
Harold Nixon   Bass,Group Member

Technical Credits

Larry Sparks   Composer
Max D. Barnes   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
Rickey Wasson   Engineer
Eddie Stubbs   Liner Notes,Author
Wayne Kemp   Composer
Mack Vickery   Composer
J.D. Crowe & the New South   Producer
Jim McGuire   Cover Photo
Steve Chandler   Engineer
Dwight McCall   Composer
Grady Cole   Composer
Hazel Cole   Composer
Ron Stewart   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Jack Spencer   Composer
Rick Bartley   Composer

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Lefty's Old Guitar 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
lissa09 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this cd. J.D. Crowe still breaking it down after all these years. I have this cd in my car since I bought it and it hasn't been taken out yet. The entire disc is great, not too many cd's you buy that you like all songs, but this one I did. Bluegrass Rules!!!!!!!!!! Lefty's old guitar is my fav song on this disc
Fargo_Howie More than 1 year ago
The arrangements are strong, with a country & western edge. Some steel guitar and well-mixed, subtle drum tracks add a modern leaning to what is otherwise traditional bluegrass. "Mississippi River Raft" and the title cut, "Lefty's Old Guitar", the first two cuts, are my favorites. But, I find myself returning to this CD again and again to listen to all the tracks. Ricky Wasson's strong lead singing and J.D.'s iconic banjo leads and back-up make this one a classic. It's my favorite J.D. Crowe offering since his 1976 release with Tony Rice, Ricky Scaggs, and Jerry Douglas. Highly recommended!