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Randy Kohrs - I'm Torn

I'm Torn

Randy Kohrs

LDR005

Lonesome Day Records
143 Deaton Rd.
Booneville, KY 41314

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Allen Price
(al@squirrelheads.com)

Randy Kohrs is one of the hottest Dobro players around these days. He has played on over 300 studio recordings, including Dierks Bentley's hit, What Was I Thinking. His name can be found in the credits of recordings by folks like Dolly Parton, John Cowan, Tom T. Hall, Rhonda Vincent and many more.

This recording showcases Kohrs as a solo artist. His voice has the soulful earnestness of some of the great of bluegrass and country music. His duet with Dolly Parton, It Looked Good On Paper shows he is up to standing along one of American music's brightest stars, his duet being favorably compared to Parton's classic duets with Porter Wagoner.

The music is contemporary bluegrass, with the classic bluegrass drive. Hurry Back Jesus speaks of the troubles of the time, and the need for Jesus' guidance. Fifty Good Years is a touching ballad of a woman who, "after fifty good years" is missing her man.

The first time I played this recording, I replayed three or four times through before stopping. It is easy to forget when listening to this that not only is Kohrs singing on this recording, that's his sparkling work on the Dobro, often playing songs he wrote or co-wrote. Lovers of contemporary bluegrass music will find this a must-have for their collection.

Track List:

  • I'm Torn (Shawna Larkin Kohrs/Randy Kohrs)
  • Take Me Back (Mike Ramsey)
  • It Looked Good On Paper (Carl Jackson/Pam Tillis) (duet with Dolly Parton)
  • I See How You Are (Randy Kohrs)
  • Handmade Nails And Homemade Love (Shawna Larkin Kohrs/Randy Kohrs/Danny Goodwin)
  • Hurry Back Jesus (Susan Hill and Randy Kohrs)
  • Fifty Good Years (Susan Hill and Randy Kohrs)
  • Passion's Price (Randy Kohrs)
  • I'd Be Over You By Now (Randy Kohrs)
  • That's What I've Learned (From Loving You) (Randy Kohrs)
  • Mountain Stone (Randy Kohrs)

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2005, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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