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Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time - Lonesome Skynyrd Time

Lonesome Skynyrd Time

Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time


CMH Records
PO Box 39439
Los Angeles, CA

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

The promotional notes on this disc suggest it be filed under Lynyrd Skynyrd, and I suppose that makes sense. There will undoubtedly be a number of folks who will be drawn to this disc because it is a Skynyrd tribute. Not me. I was drawn to it because it's Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time. When you have a banjo player like Dave Talbot, and Booie Beach playing guitar, your band is going to rock no matter what you're playing.

It turns out that Larry Cordle is seriously into Skynyrd. He even writes the notes on each tune on the disc, offering notes that verify his passion for these classic tunes and an in-depth knowledge of the band. Ever true to himself, Cordle and company keep it acoustic, and retain the edgy sound that has been a trademark of LST from day number one.

The obligatory jam classics Sweet Home Alabama (6:38) (include "turn it up" on the into) and Freebird (8:47) are here. Larry kicks things off with a killer version of They Call Me the Breeze, setting the tone right from the start. Andy Leftwich's opening riff on I Know A Little is simply red hot. Cordle and longtime partner Larry Shell also make sure we are not deprived of a tune from them with Southern by the Grace of God, a musical history of Skynyrd. In his notes, Larry says, "I hope we got it right...cause we certainly have a ton of respect for them and the things they accomplished."

Not to worry, Larry. You not only got it right, you knocked it right out of the park.

Track List:

  • Call Me the Breeze (JJ Cale)
  • Sweet Home Alabama (R. Van Zant, G. Rossington, E. King)
  • Things Going On (R. Van Zant, G. Rossington)
  • Southern By The Grace of God (Cordle and Shell)
  • Tuesday's Gone (A. Collins, R. Van Zant)
  • I Know A Little (S. Gaines)
  • The Ballad of Curtis Loew (A. Collins, R. Van Zant)
  • Gimme Three Steps (A. Collins, R. Van Zant)
  • The House At the End of the Road (R. Killough, L. T. Wilson)
  • Saturday Night Special (E. King, R. Van Zant)
  • Freebird (A. Collins, R. Van Zant)

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2004, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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