Clouds Over Carolina

Clouds Over Carolina

by Larry Rice
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Clouds Over Carolina

Larry Rice has always held tighter to tradition than his brother Tony, even when he's singing more contemporary material like Gordon Lightfoot's "Rainy Day People." Perhaps that's why Rebel, as opposed to Rounder, released Clouds Over Carolina. It's a good fit. Rice, as is his habit, unfurls his songs at a relaxed, easygoing pace. His vocal style on a song like Fred Rose's "We Live in Two Different Worlds" is so calm that one might think of it as "mellow grass." Rice's distinctive style also allows him to put his stamp on a familiar favorite like Elizabeth Cotten's "Freight Train" and the traditional "Little Maggie." Unlike a number of contemporary bluegrass hybrids, however, Rice's mellow style never forgets its roots. He's careful to never over-polish his material, meaning that songs like "If You Only Knew" and "Never Meant to Be" retain a rustic edge. The mandolin/banjo/Dobro/guitar arrangements keep things simple, and mandolinist Rice is joined by solid pickers like banjoist Sammy Shelor, fiddler Rickie Simpkins, and guitarist Tony Rice. Add to this a good mix of Rice originals, a couple of classics, and a great instrumental ("Burnt Rice"), and listeners are left with an album that offers a fresh turn on tradition.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/19/2005
Label: Rebel Records
UPC: 0032511180124
catalogNumber: 111801
Rank: 227059

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Larry Rice   Primary Artist,Mandolin,Vocals
Tony Rice   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Wyatt Rice   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Frank Poindexter   Dobro
Sammy Shelor   Banjo
Rickie Simpkins   Fiddle
Ronnie Simpkins   Bass
Jeff Parker   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Tony Rice   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Elizabeth Cotten   Composer
Gordon Lightfoot   Composer
Larry Rice   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Pete Kuykendall   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Arthur Hancock   Composer
Wesley Easter   Engineer

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Clouds Over Carolina 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Playing Time – 40:06 Songs - If You Only Knew, Never Meant To Be, Sunday Silence, Freight Train, We Live In Two Different Worlds, Don't Be Careful What You Wish For, Down Where The Still Waters Flow, Burnt Rice, Clouds Over Carolina, Rainy Day People, You're Not A Drop In The Bucket, Little Maggie The opening cut, Larry Rice’s “If You Only Knew,” brings back memories of another milestone --Tony Rice’s seminal Cold on the Shoulder album. Fact is that the Rice Brothers have had significant impact on bluegrass music over the years. The Rice Brothers (Larry, Tony, Ron and Wyatt) were from Virginia &North Carolina, but they grew up in California. Their father played bluegrass with The Golden State Boys (with Vern and Rex Gosdin.) As early as 1963, Larry, Tony, and Ron had a group called The Haphazards. “Clouds Over Carolina” is a solo project which most prominently features the oldest of the Rice Brothers, Larry, mandolin player, lead singer and songwriter. Besides the opener and the title cut, Larry also penned Don’t Be Careful for What you Wish For, and the snappy instrumental Burnt Rice. It’s a treat to see him joined by his brothers Tony (guitar) and Wyatt (guitar), along with Rickie Simpkins (fiddle), Ronnie Simpkins (bass), Sammy Shelor (banjo), Frank Poindexter (dobro), and Jeff Parker (harmony vocals). Some of their covered songs come from Elizabeth Cotton, Fred Rose, Pete Kuykendall, Gordon Lightfoot, and others. Back in the 1960s, Larry played in a Southern California band called Aunt Dinah’s Quilting Party, and in 1969 he began his pro career with J. D. Crowe’s “Kentucky Mountain Boys.” In 1975, Larry joined the Dickey Betts Band. He retired from music for several years, but returned to record multiple solo albums, a Rice Brothers album, and to form The Larry Rice Band. He has recorded and performed with brother Tony, Chris Hillman and Herb Pederson as “Out of the Woodwork” or “Rice, Rice, Hillman and Pederson.” I believe that this is Larry’s fourth solo album. His first was Mr. Poverty on the King Bluegrass label. Nearly a decade has passed since his last solo album. Growing up out west gave the Rices considerable leeway to experiment and push the bluegrass envelope into certain uncharted waters. On one hand, this project gives us a traditional standard like “Little Maggie,” but it also shows more adventurous tastes with the likes of Gordon Lightfoot’s “Rainy Day People.” The newer songs sit comfortably between those that give a nod to bluegrass music’s forefathers. I must say, however, that “You’re Not a Drop in the Bucket” doesn’t seem quite the same without the bass plunking the proverbial drop at the appropriate points in the chorus. While Larry is the center of attention on this project, he’s joined by some of bluegrass’ elite, and the result is striking. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)