Clinch Mountain Echo

V/A - The Stanley Tradition: Tribute To A Bluegrass Legacy

(Doobie Shea DS-CD-1001) 1996


Stanley Tradition: Tribute To A Bluegrass Legacy
Rear Cover CD Tray

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For my money this is the best 'Stanley' tribute album yet to surface (or at least the best of those I've heard). It includes two original songs and nine from the Stanley Brothers / Ralph Stanley back catalogue, and features a stellar list of performers from the contemporary bluegrass genre.

Tim Austin, Don Rigsby, Ronnie Bowman and Dan Tyminski provide the majority of the vocals, but CMB's alumni Charlie Sizemore & Ernie Thacker also sing lead on a couple of cuts and James Alan Shelton plays on a couple too. Honorary CMB James King also appears, as does Scottie Sparks and Bluegrass Cardinal David Parmley. The backing instrumentation is equally as impressive, with Tim Austin, Barry Bales, Aubrey Haynie and Craig Smith...

The material is handled sensitively throughout, capturing much of the 'stanley' feel, but without attempting to make a carbon copy or stray too far from the CMB blueprint.

On the final track, The Only Way To Save Goodbye, Ernie Thacker, Scottie Sparks, Ronnie Bowman, Charlie Sizemore, Don Rigsby and Dan Tyminski share lead vocals on the verses, whilst Ronnie B. sings lead on the choruses.

Apparently this CD got a well deserved Grammy nomination, and it's obviously a labour of love for all involved.

PS: As an aside, Ernie Thacker was out of the music business when he got the call asking him to sing from the Lonesome River Band's Tim Austin. So it acted as an impetus to get his Route 23 band together, and start performing professionally again.[1]

Track:
Title:
Time:
Lead Vocal:
Tenor Vocal:
Baritone Vocal:
Guitar:
Banjo:
Fiddle:
Mandolin:
Bass:
Lead Guitar:
1
Bootleg John
02:56
Don Rigsby


Tim Austin
Craig Smith
Aubrey Haynie
Dan Tyminski
Barry Bales
Wyatt Rice

Marvin Charles Davis
2
I'm Better Off Now That You're Gone
02:41
Scottie Sparks Don Rigsby

Tim Austin
Craig Smith
Aubrey Haynie
Dan Tyminski
Barry Bales
James Alan Shelton

C. Stanley / R. Stanley
3
This Weary Heart You Stole Away (Wake Up Sweetheart)
02:33
Dan Tyminski
Don Rigsby Ronnie Bowman
Tim Austin
Craig Smith
Aubrey Haynie
Dan Tyminski
Barry Bales


C. Stanley
4
Home In The Mountains
03:12
Charlie Sizemore
Dan Tyminski Ronnie Bowman
Tim Austin
Craig Smith
Aubrey Haynie
Dan Tyminski
Barry Bales
James Alan Shelton

Rick Stanley
5
Loving You Too Well
02:37
David Parmley
Don Rigsby Jim Haley
Tim Austin
Craig Smith
Aubrey Haynie
Dan Tyminski
Barry Bales
James Alan Shelton

C. Stanley
6
Gonna Paint The Town
01:43
James King
Don Rigsby Keith Tew
Tim Austin
Craig Smith
Aubrey Haynie
Raymond Legere
Barry Bales


R. Stanley
7
Medicine Springs
02:47
Don Rigsby

Tim Austin
Craig Smith
Aubrey Haynie
Dan Tyminski
Barry Bales
Dan Tyminski

Bill Grant / R. Stanley
8
Is It Over Now
04:11
Ronnie Bowman
Dan Tyminski Dan Tyminski Wyatt Rice
Craig Smith
Aubrey Haynie
Dan Tyminski
Barry Bales
James Alan Shelton

William Bowman / Don Rigsby
9
Sharecropper's Son
02:45
Ernie Thacker
Dan Tyminski Keith Tew
Tim Austin
Craig Smith
Aubrey Haynie
Dan Tyminski
Barry Bales


C. Stanley / R. Stanley
10
Your Selfish Heart
02:19
Scottie Sparks
Scottie Sparks Shawn Lane
Tim Austin
Craig Smith
Aubrey Haynie
Dan Tyminski
Barry Bales


Ruby Rakes / Al Elliot
11
The Only Way To Say Goodbye
03:11
ET, SS, RB, CS, DR, DT
Don Rigsby John 'Buckwheat' Green
Tim Austin
Craig Smith
Aubrey Haynie
Dan Tyminski
Barry Bales
Dan Tyminski

Tim Austin / William Bowman / Don Rigsby

 


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