Midnight Call

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Don Rigsby kicks off The Midnight Call with a gutsy, high-lonesome version of Jimmie Rodgers' "Those Gambler's Blues." His no-holds vocal, backed by a spunky band that includes fiddler Stuart Duncan and slide guitarist Randy Kohrs, just about jumps out of the speakers. The choice of a lesser-known Rodgers piece is also a smart one. If The Midnight Call disappoints at all, it's because most of what follows, as good as it is, fails to match the energy of the opener. The follow-up track, "The Midnight Call," cozies up much closer to contemporary bluegrass, sounding like a country hybrid that's knocked the rougher edges off traditional music. This impression is ...
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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Don Rigsby kicks off The Midnight Call with a gutsy, high-lonesome version of Jimmie Rodgers' "Those Gambler's Blues." His no-holds vocal, backed by a spunky band that includes fiddler Stuart Duncan and slide guitarist Randy Kohrs, just about jumps out of the speakers. The choice of a lesser-known Rodgers piece is also a smart one. If The Midnight Call disappoints at all, it's because most of what follows, as good as it is, fails to match the energy of the opener. The follow-up track, "The Midnight Call," cozies up much closer to contemporary bluegrass, sounding like a country hybrid that's knocked the rougher edges off traditional music. This impression is reinforced with "Carved Our Names in Stone," a song that wouldn't be out of place on country radio or as a CMT video. Rigsby's an intense singer, and this shows through even on a mid-paced ballad like "Blood on My Hands." He delivers each lyric with convincing emotion and his highs are always piercingly clear. In fact, his voice leads back to great tenors like Bill Monroe and Bobby Osborne. Too often, however, he submerges this powerful tool for a more subdued, radio-friendly twang. The Midnight Call will please old Rigsby fans and will undoubtedly receive lots of radio play, but traditional bluegrass fans will be left wishing for more red meat.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2003
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891395821
  • Catalog Number: 3958
  • Sales rank: 246,426

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Don Rigsby Primary Artist, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Glen Duncan Fiddle
Ronnie Bowman Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal)
Vassar Clements Fiddle
Stuart Duncan Fiddle, Violin, Octave Violin
Carl Jackson Banjo
Kenny Malone Percussion
Rob McCoury Banjo
Jeff White Guitar
Jerry Salley Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal)
Ben Isaacs Bass
Randy Kohrs Slide Guitar, Guitar (Resonator)
Jim Hurst Guitar
Ron Rigsby Banjo
Technical Credits
Tom T. Hall Composer
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Larry Cordle Composer
Jim DeMain Mastering
Carl Jackson Composer
Larry Shell Composer
Jerry Williamson Composer
Don Rigsby Producer, Contributor
Kim Williams Composer
Jerry Salley Composer
Bobby Cyrus Composer
Jan Stolpe Engineer
Joanie Keller Composer
Traditional Composer
Thomas Campbell Composer
Rupert Wates Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Some plenty potent music!

    Playing Time - 46:17 -- Don Rigsby opens his new solo album by singing Jimmie Rodgers' "Those Gambler's Blues." Even though Rigsby's cover of this song includes drums (Kenny Malone) and harmonica (Kirk "Jellyroll" Johnson), I'm certain that it will be accepted today by the bluegrass community with a much more open mind than Bill Monroe's 1951 version (with drums, electric guitar and Nashville non-bluegrass sidemen). The title cut, a ballad from Dixie and Tom T. Hall, is a song of a late-night telephone call from a mother preparing to board her glorybound train. Glen Duncan's twin fiddles, Randy Kohr's resophonic guitar and Garnet Bowman's high baritone impart an eerie sound to this supernatural tale. The Halls also contributed "Little White Cross Out On The Highway" to this project. A couple additional numbers sung solo by Rigsby include Bobby Cyrus' reflective "Carved Our Names in Stone" and Calvin Rigsby's bouncy "Blood on my Hands." While this project includes many exceptional guest artists from bluegrass circles, such as Ronnie Bowman, Stuart Duncan, Rob McCoury, Vassar Clements, Ben Isaacs, Jim Hurst, Jeff White, and Glen Duncan, many of the songs have a distinctive moderate acoustic country feel. Rigsby's repertoire emphasizes song with evocative messages; tunes with lyrics that need to be digested. Kenny Malone's light percussion finds its way into the mix on three tracks. The repertoire is drawn from songs composed by Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Jerry Williamson, Larry Shell, Alan Johnston and others. We can always count on Don Rigsby for some plenty potent music. "The Midnight Call" is a snazzy project that will further enhance his reputation as one of the best in the business. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

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