Various – Cool, Blue And Lonesome – Bluegrass For The Broken-Hearted
Larry Cordle, Glen Duncan & Lonesome Standard Time: 1 Lonesome Standard Time - 2:43 Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver: 2 Mis'ry River - 2:50 Nashville Bluegrass Band: 3 All Alone - 2:47 Boone Creek: 4 Can't You Hear Me Callin' - 3:03 Alan Bibey: 5 Close By - 2:30 Don Rigsby: 6 Bad Day In Akron - 3:54 Hot Rize: 7 Walk The Way The Wind Blows - 3:36 Unknown Artist: 8 Used To Be - 2:04 Seldom Scene: 9 I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome - 2:57 Lonesome River Band: 10 Flat Broke And Lonesome - 2:42 Ricky Skaggs & Tony Rice: 11 Bury Me Beneath The Weeping Willow - 2:41 The Osborne Brothers: 12 Listenin' To The Rain - 2:40 Jerry Douglas & Peter Rowan: 13 Tuck Away My Lonesome Blues - 2:58 Dudley Connell & Don Rigsby: 14 Short Life Of Trouble - 3:14 Jim Mills: 15 There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight - 3:30 Unknown Artist: 16 Sittin' Alone In The Moonlight - 3:17 Mike Auldridge: 17 Drivin' Nails In My Coffin - 3:05 The Seldom Scene: 18 Another Lonesome Day - 2:33
Tim O'Brien (vocals, tenor, guitar, mandolin, fiddle) , Ricky Skaggs (vocals, tenor, guitar, mandolin) , Don Rigsby (vocals, tenor, mandolin) , Mollie O'Brien (vocals, tenor) , Sammy Shelor / Ben Eldridge (vocals, guitar, banjo) , Lou Reid / Peter Rowan (vocals, guitar, mandolin) , Dan Tyminski / Dudley Connell / Jimmy Haley / John Duffey / Kathy Kallick / Kenny Smith / Larry Cordle / Paul Brewster / Tony Rice / Wes Golding (vocals, guitar) , Fred Travers / Mike Auldridge (vocals, dobro); Alan O'Bryant / Sonny Osborne / Terry Baucom (vocals, banjo) , Doyle Lawson / Bobby Osborne (vocals, mandolin) , Nick Forster / Ronnie Bowman / T. Michael Coleman (vocals) , Glen Duncan / Laurie Lewis (tenor, fiddle) , Carl Jackson (tenor); Wayne Southards / Tim Surrett (baritone) , Jerry Douglas (guitar, dobro) , Jim Nunally / Jack Lawrence / Tim Stafford / Pat Enright / Charles Sawtelle (guitar) , Ron Rigsby / Jim Mills / Mike Bub / Pete Wernick / Tony Trischka (banjo) , Adam Steffey / John Reischman / Alan Bibey / Roland White / Ronnie McCoury / Butch Baldassari (mandolin) , Ronnie Stewart / Gabe Witcher / Richard Greene / Aubrey Haynie / Stuart Duncan / Blaine Sprouse (fiddle)
1. AllMusic - Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.
Released close to Valentines Day, Cool, Blue and Lonesome: Bluegrass for the Broken-Hearted may be just the ticket for those surviving without red roses and heart-shaped candy boxes. After all, who wants to listen to some cheerful soul sing about their true love's kisses when their heart has been trampled on? Indeed, as soon as Larry Cordle starts singing "Lonesome Standard Time," the listener has found a bit of solace for his or her mangled self-esteem and salty tears. Doyle Lawson pours more sadness into that great big empty hole with "Mis'ry River," while the Nashville Bluegrass Band agree that there's no lower feeling than being "All Alone." From the sampling here, more men seem to have been left behind than women, which leads one to believe that Sugar Hill will eventually release a collection by women who were glad to see them go. For the occasional woman who isn't glad to be left alone and blue, Kathy Kallick and Laurie Lewis team up on "Used to Be," testifying that lonesomeness isn't completely gender related. While Cool, Blue and Lonesome is perfect for a train-wrecked relationship, the happily connected shouldn't avoid it. It a good collection of top-notch bluegrass artists, and besides, it doesn't hurt to have a first-rate, lonesome album in one's collection -- just in case.
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