Sugar Hill Records, Inc.
PO Box 55300
Durham, NC 27717-5300
A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Allen Price
If you're the type of person that likes a good lying and cheating song, Lonesome As It Gets is for you. Lonesome Standard Time manages to mesh bluegrass and country in such a way as to bring out the best of both. These guys can really play! With Glen Duncan on fiddle, Butch Baldassari on mandolin, Keith Little picking banjo, Robin Smith on bass, and guitarist Larry Cordle handling lead vocals, Lonesome Standard Time is the kind of band folks might discover as a gateway into other bluegrass groups.
They offer a couple of fine covers in John Prine's "Grandpa Was A Carpenter" and the great Jimmie Rodgers tune, Mother The Queen of My Heart. Duncan's Blues is an uptempo instrumental that is as bluegrass as it gets, but the ballads, co-written by Larry Cordle, are what stand out most on this album. The title song puts Duncan and Cordle up front with some fine harmonies and features their instrumental work. They play back and forth with great touch and timing. Another song co-written by Cordle that promises to make it into future living room picking sessions is Possession's Nine-Tenths Of The Law, which is as fine a lonesome love song as you'll hear anywhere. Songs like this are countered by upbeat tunes like Anything Southbound (another tune co-written by Cordle), Blue Field and Bream.
Lonesome As It Gets demonstrates why Lonesome Standard Time is a contemporary bluegrass group that will provide us with tunes we'll be picking and singing for a very long time.
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Edited by Paula Gregorowicz