Clinch Mountain Echo

Jim Lauderdale & Ralph Stanley - I Feel Like Singing Today

(Rebel REB-CD-1755) 1999


I Feel Like Singing Today
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This is the first of two decent collaborations between Jim Lauderdale and Ralph, and was recorded at Maggard Sound studios in Big Stone Gap, Va. It was nominated for a Grammy.

The song selections are broadly split between old Stanley Brothers material and songs written or co-written by Jim Lauderdale.

I must confess I don't really know anything about Jim, but he apparently was a bluegrass / Stanley Brothers fan as a child, and had become a prolific Nashvile singer-songwriter, with several albums within the Country/Americana field.

Jim had sung If I Lose with Ralph on the 1997 Clinch Mountain Country project, and in the same year Ralph and the CMBs helped Jim record I'll Lead You Home on his 'Whisper' CD.

A couple of the tracks (Joy, Joy Joy and I Will Wait For You) were co-written between Jim and Robert Hunter, the Grateful Dead's lyricist.

You'll Find Her Name Written There is an old Bill Monroe classic. It was written by Harold Hensley, who was a veteran fiddle player from White Top Mountain, Va. He had a stint on the Opry in 1943/44 and later moved to LA, performing on the weekly TV show 'Town Hall Party'. He went on to become a well respected session musician and songwriter and died in 1988.[1]

Jim's Like Him is an interesting a cappella number, with Ralph twisting his lines old time gospel fashion, and Jim periodically doing an old-time field 'holler'.

Ralph (I think) plays clawhammer on the closing track Who Thought The Railroad Wouldn't Last.

Jim later appeared with Ralph guesting on I Feel Like Singing Today on the Merlefest 2008 CDR, and co-produced the Cracker Barrell Man Of Constant Sorrow CD in 2014.

Track:
Title:
CD:
(37:03)
1
I Feel Like Singing Today

Jim Lauderdale
2
You'll Find Her Name Written There

Harold Hensley
3
Maple On The Hill

Gussie L. Davis
4
Fly, Lovebird Fly

Frank Dycus / Jim Lauderdale
5
Joy, Joy, Joy

Robert Hunter / Jim Lauderdale
6
Like Him

Jim Lauderdale
7
I Wish Today Could Be Tomorrow

Ollie O'Shea / Jim Lauderdale
8
Another Sinner's Prayer

Jim Lauderdale
9
Highway Through My Home

Jim Lauderdale
10
What About You

Jack Anglin / Jim Anglin / Johnnie Wright
11
This World Is Not My Home

Brumley & Sons
12
Harbor Of Love

C. Stanley
13
I Will Wait For You

Robert Hunter / Jim Lauderdale
14
Who Will Sing For Me

John Thomas Ely
15
Who Thought The Railroad Wouldn't Last

Jim Lauderdale

Go To Top Of Page [1] Neil V. Rosenberg & Charles Wolfe's 'The Music Of Bill Monroe' book (p.97)