Southern Roots & Branches (Yesterday & Today)

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All Music Guide - J. Poet
During his years as lead singer for Shenandoah, Marty Raybon gave voice to the traditional side of country when many other acts were chasing the sound of country-rock looking for crossover success. Shenandoah stayed close to the sound of old-time country music, and since he left the band and went out on his own, Raybon has stayed on the traditional side of the street. This album could be marketed as roots music just as easily as it could be called bluegrass, with Raybon's down-home style shining throughout. The album is divided between familiar hits and newer tunes, all played perfectly by a studio band of A-list musicians. There are two Bill Monroe tunes: "Rocky Road Blues" is...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Poet
During his years as lead singer for Shenandoah, Marty Raybon gave voice to the traditional side of country when many other acts were chasing the sound of country-rock looking for crossover success. Shenandoah stayed close to the sound of old-time country music, and since he left the band and went out on his own, Raybon has stayed on the traditional side of the street. This album could be marketed as roots music just as easily as it could be called bluegrass, with Raybon's down-home style shining throughout. The album is divided between familiar hits and newer tunes, all played perfectly by a studio band of A-list musicians. There are two Bill Monroe tunes: "Rocky Road Blues" is given a straightforward midtempo performance, while "White House Blues" is played at a lightning-fast tempo and showcases the high end of Raybon's vocals and the blistering fretwork of the band. Flatt & Scruggs' "Down the Road" is taken at a rolling, bouncy tempo and features fine lead guitar by Bryan Sutton. Raybon's "Get Up in Jesus' Name" is a spiritual that urges us to do our best in troubled times, while "Big Pain" is a tale of lost love that Raybon delivers with a raw vocal that's close to a wail of agony. He also reprises several Shenandoah hits in fine acoustic arrangements, including "Next to You, Next to Me," which gets a jaunty treatment that brings to mind an early Hank Williams session, and "Ghost in This House," which still sounds shattered and hopeless in the tradition of all desperate country songs of lost love.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2012
  • Label: Rural Rhythm
  • UPC: 732351109728
  • Catalog Number: 1097
  • Sales rank: 58,644

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marty Raybon Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Paul Franklin Fiddle
Rob Ickes Dobro
Terry Smith Bass
Tim Stafford Guitar
Mark Fain Bass
Paul Brewster Vocal Harmony
Bryan Sutton Guitar, Mandolin, Lead
Tim Raybon Vocal Harmony
Ashby Frank Mandolin
David Talbot Banjo
Scott Napier Mandolin
Kenny Smith Guitar
Shad Cobb Fiddle
Glenn Harrell Fiddle, Vocal Harmony
Edgar Loudermilk Bass, Vocal Harmony
Justin Moses Banjo, Dobro, Fiddle, Mandolin
Donnie Allen Guitar
Matt Leadbetter Dobro
Chris Robbins Percussion
Patton Wages Banjo
Lewell Molen Bass
Craig Flecher Fiddle
Technical Credits
Lester Flatt Composer
Bill Monroe Composer
Earl Scruggs Composer
Rodney Crowell Composer
Squire Parsons Composer
Robert Ellis Orrall Composer
Buck White Composer
Curtis Wright Composer
Tim Austin Engineer
Brent King Engineer
Jimmy Martin Composer
Hugh Prestwood Composer
Marty Raybon Composer, Producer
Paul Williams Composer
Jerry Salley Composer
John Fountain Composer
Alan Schulman Engineer
Melissa Peirce Composer
Michael A. Curtis Composer
Mike Curtis Engineer
Lewell Molen Engineer
Sammy Passamano III Radio Consultant
Jimmy Placio Mastering
Billy Droze Composer
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