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What Really Matters
     

What Really Matters

by Larry Stephenson
 
Singer/songwriter and mandolin picker Larry Stephenson has one of the most soulful voices in all of bluegrass, and although he sings contemporary tunes, they're all delivered with timeless arrangements that hew closely to the traditional sounds that first attracted him to the music in his youth. With the help of co-producer Ben Surratt, he

Overview

Singer/songwriter and mandolin picker Larry Stephenson has one of the most soulful voices in all of bluegrass, and although he sings contemporary tunes, they're all delivered with timeless arrangements that hew closely to the traditional sounds that first attracted him to the music in his youth. With the help of co-producer Ben Surratt, he's crafted a sound that's a perfect balance of contemporary polish and down-home, back porch spontaneity. His road band -- Kenny Ingram on banjo and harmony vocals, lead guitarist and singer Kevin Richardson, and Danny Stewart on bass and bass vocals, joined here by fiddler Aubrey Haynie -- supplies a subtle muscle to the tracks that keeps the focus on Stephenson's compelling vocals. Woody Guthrie's "Philadelphia Lawyer" features a guest lead vocal from Sam Bush and a lively performance from the ensemble with outstanding solos by Richardson and Haynie that add to the song's arch feeling. Merle Haggard's "Seashores of Old Mexico" sounds like a folk-pop hit from the '70s; there's a hint of ragtime in the arrangement of "You're Too Easy to Remember," with Haynie contributing some smooth, blues-drenched fiddling; while "Before I'm Over You" sounds like a cross between Texas swing and a '60s AM country radio hit. The album's one original, "God Will," is an inspirational tune featuring the band's smooth Southern gospel harmonies, Ingram's tasteful banjo, and short sharp instrumental interludes by Stephenson, Haynie, and Richardson. The diversity of styles and arrangements here is most impressive, and there's not a single weak track on the album.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/29/2012
Label:
Compass Records
UPC:
0766397458120
catalogNumber:
4581
Rank:
118065

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Larry Stephenson   Primary Artist,Mandolin,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Sam Bush   Fiddle,Vocals
Jerry Kimbrough   Bass
Robby Turner   Steel Guitar
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
Kenny Ingram   Banjo,Vocal Harmony
Rob Crawford   Snare Drums
Kevin Richardson   Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Danny Stewart   Bass (Vocal),Acoustic Bass

Technical Credits

Merle Haggard   Composer
Woody Guthrie   Composer
James O'Gwynn   Composer
Larry Stephenson   Composer,Producer
John Wiggins   Composer
Harley Allen   Composer
J.D. Crowe   Composer
Wayland Holyfield   Composer
Randall Hylton   Composer
Dickey Lee   Composer
Jimmy Martin   Composer
Ronnie Reno   Composer
Eddie Lynn Snodderly   Composer
Eddie Stubbs   Composer
G.T. "Dad" Speer   Composer
Wally Fowler   Composer
Ben Surratt   Producer,Engineer
Dreama Stephenson   Direction
Betty Sue Perry   Composer
Harold Gray   Composer

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