Lonesome Valley [Manteca]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Although traditional country, old-timey music, and Appalachian folk are all distinct musical genres with as many differences as similarities, in recent years they have all been increasingly lumped together in the public's perception as bluegrass, itself a distinct genre, and a relative newcomer to the dance at that. As frustrating as this trend is in some quarters, there's little doubt that albums like the T-Bone Burnett-produced O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack benefited from bending and blurring the boundaries in the various forms of what might be called mountain music (Burnett's soundtrack tossed in some blues and gospel, as well, making it a slick primer for ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Although traditional country, old-timey music, and Appalachian folk are all distinct musical genres with as many differences as similarities, in recent years they have all been increasingly lumped together in the public's perception as bluegrass, itself a distinct genre, and a relative newcomer to the dance at that. As frustrating as this trend is in some quarters, there's little doubt that albums like the T-Bone Burnett-produced O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack benefited from bending and blurring the boundaries in the various forms of what might be called mountain music (Burnett's soundtrack tossed in some blues and gospel, as well, making it a slick primer for American roots music), and that mix went down easy with the public, who called it all bluegrass and bought the album in droves, making it a surprise hit. This collection aims for a similar synthesis (leaving out the blues and gospel), opening and closing with tracks from the Carter Family, who are literally square one for country, and tossing in bits and pieces of traditional fare, some straight bluegrass, and some contemporary songs that sound ancient but actually aren't (Gillian Welch's "Acony Bell"). The end result means Lonesome Valley works with the same sort of easy grace that characterized the Burnett production, and should appeal to the same listeners. Some of it is bluegrass, some of it isn't, but filed under bluegrass is where you're going to find it in the box stores. Perception of reality and reality aren't the same thing, but if Doc Watson is bluegrass, then damn, bluegrass is something special indeed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/5/2002
  • Label: Manteca
  • UPC: 632427961529
  • Catalog Number: 30

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Can the Circle Be Unbroken (Bye and Bye) - The Carter Family (3:09)
  2. 2 Man of Constant Sorrow - Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys (2:52)
  3. 3 Bluegrass Breakdown - Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys (2:21)
  4. 4 Don't Get Above Your Raising - Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys (2:44)
  5. 5 Roving Gambler - The Country Gentlemen (3:09)
  6. 6 Down in the Valley to Pray - Doc Watson (2:03)
  7. 7 The One I Love Is Gone - Alice Gerrard (3:12)
  8. 8 Angel Band - Old & In the Way (4:44)
  9. 9 Sunny Side of the Mountain - The Kentucky Colonels (2:30)
  10. 10 Standing on the Mountain - Del McCoury & The Dixie Pals (2:05)
  11. 11 Five Speed - The Johnson Mountain Boys (2:52)
  12. 12 Little Cabin Home on the Hill - Emmylou Harris (3:24)
  13. 13 Mansion on the Hill - The Whitstein Brothers (2:25)
  14. 14 When God Dips His Pen of Love in My Heart - The Cox Family (4:29)
  15. 15 Acony Bell - Gillian Welch (3:08)
  16. 16 Keep on the Sunny Side - The Carter Family (2:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eddie Adcock Banjo, Vocals
The Country Gentlemen Track Performer
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Lester Flatt Guitar, Vocals
Flatt & Scruggs Track Performer
The Kentucky Colonels Track Performer
Alison Krauss Vocals
Del McCoury Guitar, Tenor (Vocal)
Old & In the Way Track Performer
Tony Rice Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Peter Rowan Guitar, Vocals
Earl Scruggs Banjo
Ricky Skaggs Mandolin, Vocals
Ralph Stanley Banjo, Vocals
The Carter Family Track Performer
Emmylou Harris Vocals
Doc Watson Guitar, Vocals
Hazel Dickens Track Performer
Jerry Garcia Banjo, Vocals
Chubby Wise Fiddle
The Cox Family Track Performer
Joseph Allen Acoustic Bass
Ron Block Guitar
Vassar Clements Fiddle
Dudley Connell Guitar, Vocals
Jack Cooke Bass
Evelyn Cox Baritone (Vocal)
Jim Cox Bass, Vocals
Suzanne Cox Tenor (Vocal)
Alice Gerrard Track Performer
David Grisman Mandolin, Vocals
Bobby Hicks Fiddle
John Kahn Acoustic Bass
Viktor Krauss Acoustic Bass
David McLaughlin Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals
Marc Pruett Banjo
Dewey Renfro Bass
Russ Savakus Bass
Eddie Stubbs Fiddle, Vocals
Richard Underwood Banjo, Vocals
Merle Watson Guitar
Howard Watts Bass
Charles Whitstein Mandolin, Vocals, Guitar (Tenor)
Robert Whitstein Guitar, Vocals
John Duffey Mandolin, Vocals
Larry Robbins Bass
Gillian Welch Track Performer
Roy Lee Centers Guitar
Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys Track Performer
Del McCoury & The Dixie Pals Track Performer
Donnie Eldreth Fiddle, Mandolin
Bill Poffinberger Fiddle
Jody Rainwater Bass
Bill Runkle Banjo, Vocals
Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys Track Performer
Earl Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys Track Performer
Technical Credits
The Johnson Mountain Boys Producer
Alison Krauss Arranger, Producer
Ricky Skaggs Producer
The Whitstein Brothers Producer
T Bone Burnett Producer
Charles R. Freeland Producer
Ken Irwin Producer
Owsley Stanley Engineer
Barry Poss Producer
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