Don Rigsby - Empty Old Mailbox

Empty Old Mailbox

Don Rigsby


Sugar Hill Records, Inc.
PO Box 55300
Durham, NC 27717-5300

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Allen Price

From his days with J.D. Crowe & The New South to his current work with the Lonesome River Band and Longview, Don Rigsby has been an integral part of some great contemporary bluegrass music. Just how integral becomes apparent in his second solo album, Empty Old Mailbox. He is joined by a who's who of bluegrass, including Jerry Douglas, Tim Stafford, Larry Sparks, Crowe, Sammy Shelor and - on clawhammer banjo- Stuart Duncan. And this is just a small part of the entire list. It is an amazing lineup.

While his first album (A Vision) was all gospel, this effort is more in the line of the work of Lonesome River Band. It contains mostly modern tunes with a country/bluegrass feel. The title tune, written by Tom T. Hall & Dixie Hall, is a great piece of four part harmony in 3/4 time. Rigsby kicks into high gear with a killer version of Sparks' These Old Blues. It opens with the unmistakable sound of Sammy Shelor on banjo, and lifts right off the launching pad with Douglas' Dobro work.

With Empty Old Mailbox, one gets the opportunity to hear and experience the range and artistry of Don Rigsby. It's a treat to see him step up to the front for a whole album. And a great treat to hear him as well with this extraordinary collection of musicians and vocalists.

Song List:

  • I Won't Be There (Dale Ferguson & Don Rigsby)
  • Bluestone Mountain (Mark "Brink" Brinkman")
  • Empty Old Mail Box (Tom T. & Dixie Hall)
  • Son Of A Gun (Marvin Davis)
  • These Ole' Blues (Larry Sparks)
  • Poor Little Rich Man (Carl Jackson & Don Rigsby)
  • Dust To Dust (Monty Powell & Jimmy Sloas)
  • Louise (Paul Craft & Cadillac Holmes)
  • Don't Sell The Land (John Morris & Larry Rousseau)
  • Bad Day In Akron (Pete Goble & Leroy Maxey Drumm)
  • If I'd Had A Mother Like You (Bo Jamison)
  • I Am A Little Scholar (pd, arr. Don Rigsby)
  • Here I Am In Love Again (John Hartford)
  • Precious Love (Gordon Kennedy)

Edited by David N. Pyles

Copyright 2001, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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