Window of Time

Window of Time

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by The Lonesome River Band
     
 

Although it's hard to know exactly why one would recommend this uniformly excellent release over most of the others in their catalog, not to mention the majority of the likeminded rank and file of the genre, there is no denying that the Lonesome River Band play to the status quo of the bluegrass elite exceptionally well. As…  See more details below

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Although it's hard to know exactly why one would recommend this uniformly excellent release over most of the others in their catalog, not to mention the majority of the likeminded rank and file of the genre, there is no denying that the Lonesome River Band play to the status quo of the bluegrass elite exceptionally well. As always, their picking and harmonies are found to be in tremendous form, even with the lineup changes that continue to reshuffle the band's lineup. Continuing its return to the foundational tenets of the music, with driving rhythms and themes of home, love, and God provided in abundance, the band clearly ranks among the absolute best in the genre, whether plowing through a high-energy rendition of the Delmore Brothers' "Honey I'm Ramblin' Away" or finding an easygoing, more contemporary feel with the plaintive "Missed It By a Mile." All in all, you're unlikely to hear anything here that isn't exactly what you'd expect from these guys, and for most of their fans, that should be more than enough

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Release Date:
08/27/2002
Label:
Doobie Shea
UPC:
0615141400628
catalogNumber:
4006

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Window of Time 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ONE OF THE BEST BLUEGRASS GROUPS TODAY AND THIS CD PROVES IT. EVERY SONG IS HARD HITTING AND A JOY TO LISTEN TOO.
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From Virginia, the Lonesome River Band originally formed in 1983 and has included many of the top young players in bluegrass over the years. In 2001, the band underwent a major personnel transition with four out of five members departing. To keep the band going, banjo-player Sammy Shelor recruited Brandon Rickman (guitar), Jeff Parker (mandolin), Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Irl Hees (bass). "Window of Time" is the 2002 debut project of this new LRB lineup, and the band's managed to not lose one iota of momentum. Lead vocals are shared by Rickman (seven cuts) and Parker (five cuts). On two songs (Give The Devil An Inch; Don't Go Out Tonight My Darlin), their harmony arrangements have Rickman grabbing the lead vocal just on the chorus. Bandmember Irl Hees composed "How I Long To Be In The Mountains" and Rickman penned another original, "Rounder's Spirit." Parker and Rickman sound like a couple of brothers on the hard-driving "Weary Day" and the Delmore Brothers' "Honey I'm Ramblin Away." The band's cover of Harley Allen's "Stray Dogs and Alley Cats" actually provides a nice melodic and slower respite from the frenetic openers. There is some impressive, crisp picking throughout, but it's the moderate-tempo'ed "Tune Of A Twenty Dollar Bill" that gets the toes-a-tapping with its banjo hammer-ons and pull-offs. A minor criticism is that their material on this project is largely of similar tempo - fast. The album's only instrumental, Tommy Jackson's "Tomahawk," closes the project with the band members all grabbing a part of the hoedown. This latest LRB configuration likes to pick in high gear. With their throttles wide open, and picking at full steam, this band is hard to stop. They've clearly got their sights set on big things ahead, and a new, exciting chapter is now being written for the Lonesome River Band anthology. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)