Stevie Barr with Friends – Along the Crooked Road

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De leader van de bluegrass band ''No Speed Limit" brengt hier wat vrienden bijeen om zich te 'laten gaan' in de old-time musictraditie zoals die nog nu nog leeft in Appalachen-country. Amusement met soms toch een bijbelse wending.

Stevie Barr comes from the musically rich town of Galax, Virginia. Here he gathers his friends from around the area to display some of that deep cultural background on this album, which is steeped in the old-time and bluegrass traditions of the area, as well as some unusual twists and turns (Foggy Mountain Breakdown on banjo and piano!). Banjo tunes, fiddle tunes, gospel songs, old ballads, and new songs are all tied together by the talented musicians of the area and Stevie's banjo.

Track Listing:
1. Lonesome Road Blues – A - 3:01    2. Fortune – A - 2:16    3. He Was Born in Bethlehem - F - 2:40    4. Sally Ann - A - 2:55    5. Bye Bye Blues - D - 2:37    6. It's Sinful to Flirt - G - 3:14    7. Old Jimmy Sutton - A - 2:26    8. Viagra Blues - B - 2:54    9. No Place Like Father's House - F - 1:58    10. Uncle Joe - A - 4:15    11. Mary in the Wild Moore - C - 2:44    12. At Calvary - E - 2:08    13. Durang's Hornpipe - A - 2:11    14. Barbara Allen - C - 6:42    15. Sweet Sunny South - A - 4:15    16. Train #1262 - D - 3:09    17. Dust on the Bible - G - 2:23    18. Shane's Reel - A - 2:24    19. I Wonder If I Done My Best for Jesus - B - 5:20    20. Foggy Mountain Breakdown – I - 3:36    21. Leaving Grayson - H - 2:08

Stevie Barr ‚ banjo with: A)Eddie Bond, Dennis Hall, Katie Golden;   B)Jesse Lovell, Alan Maston, Donald Hill, Reid Robertson;   C)Martha Spencer, Steve Spencer Strickland, Herb Key, Gerald Anderson;   D)Wayne Henderson, Herb Key, Steve Spencer Strickland, Gerald Anderson;   E)Congregation of the Independent Baptist Church with Rev. Ted Bartlett, Audine Lineberry;   F)Audine Lineberry, Rev. Bartlett;   G)Becky Barr, Tom Barr;   H)banjo solo;   I)Jeff Little


1.  AllMusic by Richie Unterberger
First established on record as leader of the bluegrass band No Speed Limit, banjo player Stevie Barr went solo for the 2007 release Along the Crooked Road. It's not a conventional solo album in which the leader plays with a set or nearly set group of musicians, however. Instead, the 21 tracks were recorded with a rotating cast of friends from around his base of Galax, VA. It's not a conventional studio album, either, since -- in the words of Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz in the liner notes -- it was recorded "informally at various locations in contrast to formal or controlled studio settings." Also, while Barr handled banjo on all cuts, and most of them feature vocals, Barr himself doesn't sing, the vocal chores being shared by five of the musicians he used. It's an accomplished, straight-ahead bluegrass album, strongly weighted toward traditional songs. The presence of several different combinations of musicians yields more variety than many traditional bluegrass albums bear, and at times the material gets into gospel, though usually it's in a more standard bluegrass mold. Even the song titled "Viagra Blues," written by Jesse Lovell (who sings and plays guitar on some of the album), turns out to be a fairly unsurprising bluesy instrumental. Some of the other song selections could have been more imaginative, however; it's unlikely many listeners are pining for more versions of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" and "Barbara Allen."

2. Victory Review by Tom Peterson
“Woooooooooooooooooooohaaa! REAL Bluegrass! No hyphenations, to cross-genre guests, no electronic tricks or studio slickery, no acoustic versions of ‘70s Glam Rock, no Nashville Sound crooning, no “relevant” lyrics, no bodhrans. What a concept! For those who have been in despair, fearing that the whole genre has irrevocably sunk into the dishwater, crossed the tracks, or jumped the shark, young Stevie Barr is your savior.”

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