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All Music Guide - J. Poet
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...
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All Music Guide - J. Poet
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/29/2012
  • Label: Compass Records
  • UPC: 766397458120
  • Catalog Number: 4581
  • Sales rank: 34,203

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
Randy LeRoy Mastering
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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