The Old Radio

The Old Radio

by Pine Mountain RailroadPine Mountain Railroad


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To outsiders, one bluegrass band sounds a lot like the next. Banjos, mandolins, and high tenors blend together to create a rough mix of backwoods music. To those in the know, however, subtle differences separate the chaff from the wheat. Pine Mountain Railroad, for instance, adopts the music of Bill Monroe, adds a few contemporary touches, and tops it off with genuine emotion on The Old Radio. And like old radio itself, the band mixes traditional songs with originals and throws in an occasional cover just for the fun of it. The upbeat "All the Hay's in the Barn" jump-starts the album with nice group harmony, fancy banjo picking, and a nice lead by writer Jim Whaley. The title cut pays homage to the good old days and the classic bluegrass bands that laid the groundwork for bands like Pine Mountain Railroad. The group offers a real twist with its four-minute version of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing," a song most traditional fans wouldn't admit knowing, although it sounds pretty down to earth here. Pine Mountain Railroad does a good job mixing old and new bluegrass styles without sounding like a watered-down version of either. Bluegrass fans will appreciate this combination of professionalism and feeling on The Old Radio.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/12/2003
Label: Cmh Records
UPC: 0027297873223
catalogNumber: 8732
Rank: 110764

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pine Mountain Railroad   Primary Artist
R.J. Morgan   Guitar,Mandolin,Tenor (Vocal)
Danny Barnes   Mandolin,Tenor (Vocal)
JimBo Whaley   Guitar,Vocals
Clint Damewood   Fiddle,Baritone (Vocal)
Kipper Stitt   Banjo,Vocals,Washboard,Baritone (Vocal)
Bill McBee   Bass (Vocal),Baritone (Vocal),Acoustic Bass,Upright Bass,Electric Upright Bass,Announcer

Technical Credits

Bil VornDick   Engineer
Walter Bailes   Composer
Frankie Bailes   Composer
Karrie M. Miller   Graphic Design,Art Direction
Traditional   Composer
Pine Mountain Railroad   Arranger
Adam Byrne   Graphic Design,Art Direction

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The Old Radio 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Pine Mountain Railroad formed in later 1998, at the request of their local tourism agency, when they assembled for their first practice in the shadow of Pine Mountain near Pigeon Forge, TN. The band is Jimbo Whaley (guitar, lead vocals), Danny Barnes (mandolin, tenor vocals), Clint Damewood (fiddle, baritone vocals), Bill McBee (bass, bass vocals), and Kipper Stitt (banjo, resonator guitar, baritone vocals). Guest Roscoe Morgan provides mandolin, guitar and tenor vocals on various tracks. "The Old Radio" features a large share of original songs written by Whaley, Morgan and Stitt. The opener "All the Hay's in the Barn" was inspired by a football coach's lesson to prepare physically and mentally, and then go as hard as you possibly can. The title cut makes reference to many songs and artists in the bluegrass community. "Break Your Heart With A Bluegrass Song" has a nice hook and builds off analogies between bluegrass instruments and memories of love gone wrong. Life on the road can be hard, and "Tennessee Eyes" is a ballad that reinforces the musician's longing for home. Stitt frails the banjo and adds some washboard to the mix for the story of "M.R.'s Rolling Store" through the Smoky Mountains in the late-1930s. Stitt also demonstrates his abilities on resonator guitar, while Barnes ably handles banjo on "The Legend of Jack Huff." Stitt, the songwriter, contributes a contemporary-sounding "You Don't Need Me Anymore" and ripping "Pine Mountain Railroad." Roscoe Morgan's "Aunt Birdie's Wingback Chevrolet" is a nostalgic journey back to younger, carefree days gone by. The band also covers material from Journey ("Don't Stop Believing"), the Bailes Brothers ("Traveling the Highway Home"), the traditional "Talk About Suffering," and the theme song for Odom's Tennessee Pride Real Country Sausage. Since 2001, the band has been the official bluegrass band for that product. The band's rendition of that theme song is played on radio commercials airing during the Grand Ole Opry. The first new bluegrass act to sign with CMH Records in 15 years, Pine Mountain Railroad has also showcased at the 2002 IBMA World of Bluegrass Tradeshow, and Jimbo Whaley has performed at the IBMA Songwriter Showcase for two consecutive years. The group recorded scenes and music for the upcoming motion picture, "Bell Witch, the Movie." Pine Mountain Railroad has an appealing neo-traditional sound that will help them build a legion of fans. With the support of the CMH label, and appearances at big name festivals like Merlefest, Bean Blossom, and Grey Fox, these energetic up-and-comers are well on their way to "taking a part of the Great Smoky Mountains to folks who may never get to experience them." (Joe Ross)