The Bluegrass Storyteller

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
While artists often seem to randomly name their latest effort, James King has carefully aligned content with title on Bluegrass Storyteller. The music, let there be no doubt, is traditional bluegrass, harking back to Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley. And the 13 songs, from "Coldest Day of Winter" to "Just as the Sun Went Down," each tell a story. Singer James King and his stories are backed by fine ensemble work by mandolinist Kevin Prater, banjoist Bernie Green, bassist Jerry McNeely, and fiddler Adam Haynes. King has borrowed songs from a number of writers, from Tom T. and Dixie Hall to Carl Jackson to Fred Eaglesmith. "Echo Mountain" tells the heartbreaking tale of a...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
While artists often seem to randomly name their latest effort, James King has carefully aligned content with title on Bluegrass Storyteller. The music, let there be no doubt, is traditional bluegrass, harking back to Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley. And the 13 songs, from "Coldest Day of Winter" to "Just as the Sun Went Down," each tell a story. Singer James King and his stories are backed by fine ensemble work by mandolinist Kevin Prater, banjoist Bernie Green, bassist Jerry McNeely, and fiddler Adam Haynes. King has borrowed songs from a number of writers, from Tom T. and Dixie Hall to Carl Jackson to Fred Eaglesmith. "Echo Mountain" tells the heartbreaking tale of a father who believes the family dog, who is covered in blood, has killed his infant son. The father shoots the dog, only to find the baby safe and two dead wolves at the backdoor. Other songs -- fathers meeting daughters they never knew they had, newlyweds meeting a bitter divorced man -- specialize at surprising and pulling the listener's heartstrings. Since this is a country/bluegrass album, the last song -- "Just as the Sun Went Down" -- is the obligatory religious number, and should please traditionalists. Bluegrass Storyteller is a fine outing with good singing, solid instrumental work, and great stories.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661055124
  • Catalog Number: 610551
  • Sales rank: 927

Album Credits

Performance Credits
James King Primary Artist, Vocals
Jerry McNeely Bass, Bass (Vocal)
Kevin Prater Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Bernie Green Banjo, Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal)
Jerry McNeely Double Bass
Ben Greene Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Adam Haynes Fiddle
Technical Credits
Tom T. Hall Composer, Author
Fred Koller Composer
James King Composer
Larry Cordle Composer
David Olney Composer
Dudley Connell Author
Bob Ferguson Composer
Ken Irwin Producer, Audio Production
Carl Jackson Composer
Robert Earl Keen Jr. Composer
Buddy Miller Composer
Toby Mountain Mastering
Fred Eaglesmith Composer
Scott Alarik Liner Notes
Jon Randall Composer
Terry Kitchen Song Notes
Steve Chandler Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Mel Besher Composer
Don Wayne Composer
B.J. Anderson Composer
Traditional Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    James King is great on this cd, and amazing to hear in person! His voice is smooth, but with just enough grit to be really interesting to listen to. Great songs, and great artist and band.

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