Don't Cry to Me

Don't Cry to Me

by Jimmy Martin

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Don't Cry to Me

Along with Ralph Stanley, Jimmy Martin is the foremost living link to bluegrass music's ground zero: His five-year stint with Bill Monroe produced some of the genre's landmark recordings, to which Martin lent not only his aggressive approach to rhythm guitar but also the vocal style that was dubbed "high lonesome." After leaving Monroe and forming his own Sunny Mountain Boys, Martin quickly set himself apart by virtue of his music's insistent drive and the fierce commitment underpinning his vocals. These virtues are on ample display in this 16-track collection of mostly vintage recordings; these songs also comprise the soundtrack to a forthcoming documentary film about Martin's life and career. Apart from a 1954 studio track cut with Monroe, the heartfelt love song "On and On," most of the cuts are live performances, including several previously unreleased takes from the Louisiana Hayride and some rare 1960 recordings made by Mike Seeger in Pennsylvania's Sunset Park. The past, present, and future meet here, as Martin regularly employed musicians who took the music in directions even he hadn't imagined. J.D. Crowe's furious banjo fusillade on 1958's "John Henry" points the way to the progressive movement he would pioneer more than a decade later. The merciless attack the band mounts behind Martin's spiteful vocal on "You Don't Know My Mind" lends rock 'n' roll fury to the tune -- it's some serious bluegrass declaiming and picking all at once. At the other end of the emotional spectrum, the tight, keening harmonies on the traditional gospel plea, "Who'll Sing for Me," will raise chills on a listener's body and bring sinners to their knees. Energizing and mesmerizing, this is bluegrass to the bone and through the bone, as defined by one of the absolute masters of the form.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/04/2004
Label: Thrill Jockey
UPC: 0790377014525
catalogNumber: 70145

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Martin   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Marty Stuart   Mandolin
J.D. Crowe   Banjo

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Mike Seeger   Engineer
Keith Allison   Composer
Mark Lindsay   Composer
Jimmy Martin   Composer
Ralph Rinzler   Engineer
Robinson   Composer
Alton Delmore   Composer
Paul Williams   Composer
Cliff Carnahan   Composer
Harold Donny   Composer
Harkins Frye   Composer
Billy Cole   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Edria A. Humphrey   Composer
George Goehl   Producer

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