Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time - Murder On Music Row

Murder On Music Row

Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time

SPCD 1001

Shell Point Records
816 18th Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37203
phone: 615-782-8200
fax: 615-782- 8210

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Guntram Gudowius

Bluegrass fans alert! This is hot and fun stuff! It has come to my attention (way over in Germany) that the title song covered by George Strait and Alan Jackson is raising quite a stir in the world of countrypoprock and is being boycotted by commercial country radio. I guess the lyrics bemoaning the pop influence on today´s country music hit too close to the truth.

Well then, this collection of songs and instrumentals is alive and kicking in the best classical style with the exquisite team work and soloing of the musicians and fine lead and harmony vocals . The lyrics approach the topics of lost love, Kentucky miners, an old variety of guitar strings and bar life with a fresh twist and lightness. Larry´s voice is equally at home singing the slow "heartwrenching" and the faster bluegrass songs. In the liner notes he writes that the title track is not a real bluegrass song, so we might call it acoustic country in the old fashioned style, he sings it in a way that makes me want to send flowers... If they had only half as much fun recording this CD as I do listening, I would still have twice as much fun. If you haven´t been a bluegrass fan before, this recording easily could make you one, so give it a spin!

Track List:

  • I Know How It Feels (L.C. & Rusty Morrell)
  • Black Diamond Strings (L.C. & Larry Shell)
  • I´m Not The First (L.C., Larry Shell & Melba Montgomery)
  • When It´s All Said And Done (L.C. & Melba Montgomery)
  • Black Jack (J.D. Crowe & Doyle Lawson)
  • Jesus And Bartenders (L.C. &Leslie Winn Satcher)
  • Hard Times (music: Carter Stanley - lyrics: Carl Jackson & Marty Stuart)
  • I Wonder Where You Are Tonight (Johnny Bond)
  • Buck´s Run (Buck White)
  • Long Enough To Make Me Blue (Mike Anthony & L.C.)
  • Old Kentucky Miners (written & performed by Bert Colwell)
  • Deep Mine Blues (Lionel Delmore, Nick "Stump" Stamper & Frank Schapp)
  • Murder On Music Row (L.C. & Larry Shell)


rhythm guitar & lead vocal - Larry Cordle
doghouse bass & tenor vocal - Terry Eldredge
banjo & baritone vocal - David Talbot
lead guitar - Booie Beach
mandolin - Dave Harvey
fiddles - Fred Carpenter
dobro - Gene "The Red Onion" Wooten (track 13)
produced by Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time

Edited by: Virginia Wagner

Copyright 2001, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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