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|Larry Cordle||Primary Artist, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals|
|Terry Eldredge||Bass, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)|
|David Talbot||Banjo, Baritone (Vocal), Guitar (3 String)|
|Jeneé Keener||Fiddle, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)|
|Luke Wooten||Engineer, Digital Editing, Mastering|
|Tony Phipps||Art Direction|
Posted October 1, 2010
Larry Cordle and LST deliver the hard-drivin' bluegrass goods with his new project, "Songs from the Workbench." Self-described as "a bluegrass band with a rock 'n' roll attitude," this group clearly likes to serve up their 'grass with a lot of in-your-face emotion. Cordle's rhythm guitar and vocals are joined by some stellar musicians in Lonesome Standard Time - Terry Eldredge (bass/tenor vocals), David Talbot (banjo/baritone vocals), Booie Beach (lead guitar), and Jenee Keener (fiddle/high baritone vocals). Keener sings the lead vocals on the bluesy and bouncy "Can't Let Go." As the newest member of the band, Jenee Keener seems to be fitting right in, hitting the ground running, and serving up some hot soulful fiddling and singing. Eldredge sings lead on "I'm Not That Good At Goodbye," a classic country song written by Bob McDill and Don Williams. While all the cuts are strong, a couple of my favorites on the album are "Rambler's Blues" and "Workin' End of a Hoe." Buried in the copious liner notes is a mention of who is providing those brilliant dobro riffs - it's none other than Rob Ickes. From start to end, "Songs from the Workbench" will take you on an entertaining musical journey that you won't want to miss out on. A very professional product. Nice mix of songs. Great musicianship. Hard-driving bluegrass energy. And lots of fun too (don't miss the hidden bonus "frog" track). This album gets two thumbs up from me. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
Larry Cordle is probably most widely known as the author of the Nashville-flaying "Murder on Music Row." It's initial rendering as the title track of Cordle's 1999 album didn't drum up any commercial interest, but a subsequent duet recording by George Strait and Alan Jackson led to more than a moment of irony at the 2000 CMA awards (at which the song won the "Song of the Year" trophy). No one can doubt Cordle's dedication to more traditional country fare (as fully exemplified on this release, for example), still, it would be tricky to rectify his Nashville's-killing-country-music stance with the list of industry vets who've recorded his songs if his material weren't so good. ¶ Cordle and band's second album for the indie Shell Point label continues their acoustic upbeat style, often emphasizing the blue (and downright bluesy) side of bluegrass. Cordle's originals blend smoothly with public domain selections such as "Rambler's Blues" and well selected covers, including a sterling take of Randy Weeks' "Can't Let Go" (originally waxed by Lucinda Williams on her "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" LP), and a bluegrass rewrite of Blackfoot's mid-70s rock hit "Railroad Man." The latter is duty-bound for pairing with Dolly Parton's reworking of Blackfoot's "Train, Train." ¶ Cordle provides notes of each song's genesis, either their writing roots, or their journey through others' recordings to the band's repertoire. The latter, which includes digressions on chord selections and a healthy dose of name dropping, lends a folkie air to the liner notes. Cordle's originals speak sweetly of life's simple pleasures ("Anything Southbound"), essay human loneliness ("All I've Got is Lonesome" "That's Why They Call 'Em the Blues" "Heartbreak Hurricane"), and praise with gospel tones ("Lost as a Ball in High Weeds"). His cover selections, including Jim Rushing's "Workin' End of a Hoe" follow similar fundamental themes. ¶ The band's singing and playing is fine throughout, with the instrumental "Cleanin' Off the Porch" providing a showcase for their hot picking. Cordle's songwriting, and his selection of covers, provides Lonesome Standard Time a unique flair.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.