Lonesome and Blue: The Complete County Recordings

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Lonesome & Blue is the second Red Allen collection released on Rebel Records in 2004 and, like Keep on Going, represents a bluegrass artist at his best. The primary difference is that the second collection, comprised of material from 1965 and 1966, supplements hardcore bluegrass with a number of classic country songs. On the first half of the collection, Allen is joined by bassist Billy Yates, mandolinist Wayne Yates, banjoist Porter Church, and a young fiddler named Richard Greene. The band delivers striking versions of Bill Monroe's "Summertime Is Past and Gone" and "I'm on My Way Back to the Old Home," but also delves into Ernest Tubb's "Are You Waiting Just ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Lonesome & Blue is the second Red Allen collection released on Rebel Records in 2004 and, like Keep on Going, represents a bluegrass artist at his best. The primary difference is that the second collection, comprised of material from 1965 and 1966, supplements hardcore bluegrass with a number of classic country songs. On the first half of the collection, Allen is joined by bassist Billy Yates, mandolinist Wayne Yates, banjoist Porter Church, and a young fiddler named Richard Greene. The band delivers striking versions of Bill Monroe's "Summertime Is Past and Gone" and "I'm on My Way Back to the Old Home," but also delves into Ernest Tubb's "Are You Waiting Just for Me" and the Louvin Brothers' "Seven Year Blues" the latter previously unreleased. On the second half of the collection, Billy and Wayne Yates brothers have been replaced by mandolinist David Grisman and bassist Jerry McCoury, and dobroist Craig Wingfield has been added. The addition of Wingfield, in particular, gives the material an old-timey feel, which proves just right for Mel Tillis' "There Must Be Another Way to Live" and Johnny Bond's "I Wonder Where You Are Tonight." As on Keep on Going, Allen's vocals on Lonesome & Blue inject mountain soul into all of these songs and turn even a familiar favorite like "Milk Cow Blues" into something special. Lonesome & Blue will remind listeners just what real bluegrass and country sounds like, and will be warmly greeted by Allen fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2004
  • Label: Rebel Records
  • UPC: 032511112828
  • Catalog Number: 111128
  • Sales rank: 305,836

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Red Allen Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Richard Greene Fiddle
Porter Church Banjo, Guitar, Bass (Vocal), Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
David Grisman Mandolin, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)
Jerry McCoury Bass, Double Bass
Wayne Yates Mandolin, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal)
Craig Wingfield Dobro
Richard Greene & Beryl Marriott Fiddle
Bill Yates Bass, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal), Double Bass
Technical Credits
Kokomo Arnold Composer
Lester Flatt Composer
Bill Monroe Composer
Earl Scruggs Composer
Ralph Stanley Composer
Roy Acuff Composer
Mel Tillis Composer
Kitty Wells Composer
Bob Newman Composer
Ernest Tubb Composer
Johnny Bond Composer
Johnnie Wright Composer
Shorty Long Composer
Red Allen Arranger
David Freeman Executive Producer
David Glasser Mastering
David Grisman Producer, Audio Production
Eddie Hill Composer
Ira Louvin Composer
Fred Rose Composer
Curly Seckler Composer
Jack Anglin Composer
Jim Anglin Composer
John Bailes Composer
Claude Boone Composer
Billy Wallace Composer
Traditional Composer
Hazel Houser Composer
Jon Hartley Fox Liner Notes
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