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Lonesome River Band - No Turning Back

No Turning Back

Lonesome River Band

Rural Rhythm Records- RHY-1040

Available from Lonesome River Band's web site.

A review written for the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
by Frank Gutch Jr.

Take the best of Hot Rize and Jimmy Martin and Doyle Lawson and Flatt & Scruggs and every other great bluegrass band you've ever heard, blindfold them and turn them until they're dizzy, throw a playlist in front of them with a good mixture of standard bluegrass and good ol' country and there you have it—No Turning Back. No surprise, though. The Lonesome River Band have been a festival favorite for years and have burned rubber on many of the backroads of the US of A, spreadin' the news, I guess you could say. They've hoe-downed and jigged and reeled their butts off, I guess, and it's strange that you don't hear more about them. Of course, that is slowly changing, the roots having grabbed the country by the emotional 'nads, and there aren't many genres that have more roots than bluegrass.

LRB mixes it up nicely, for those with a toe in both country and bluegrass. None of that modern Nashville stuff, of course, which is fine (some are even thankful), but some fine country tunes served up by a string of songwriters, most notably LRB's own Brandon Rickman, and carefully picked. The Great Depression is handled very well in We Couldn't Tell (when you have nothing and then you have nothing, you ask 'what depression?'). Love songs are seldom written to an instrument, though there have been a few, and "Wires and Wood" is among the best. A great idea turned great music. They even throw in the cry-in-your-beer sobber (and it's a good one), Flowers. Down-and-out is occasionally fodder for a good song.

This is a good album for bluegrassers who like a bit of country, or country people who like a bit of bluegrass. Well-recorded, very well played, beautifully sung… Some days, you hear music this good and you have to say, it just doesn't get any better than this. Warning: Not for punks or metalheads.

Track List:

  • Them Blues/Bob 'Cadillac' Holmes (Paul Craft Music/BMI)
  • Like a Train Needs a Track/Marvin Clark & Jerry Salley (Whoville Music/BMI & Country Gentlemen Music/SESAC)
  • Dime Store Rings/Brandon Rickman & Charley Stefl (Brandon Rickman Music/BMI & Charles Stefl Music/SESAC)
  • One Little Teardrop/Marvin E. Clark (Whoville Music/BMI)
  • Wires and Wood/Larry Cordle & Leslie Satcher (EMI Blackwood Music Inc & New Songs of Sea Gayle & Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/BMI)
  • Somebody's Missing You/Ginger H. Boatwright (Laurel Mountain Music & Universal Songs of Polygram/BMI)
  • I'm Not There Yet/Brandon Rickman & Jerry Salley (Brandon Rickman Music/BMI & Country Gentlemen Music/SESAC)
  • Long Way From Here/Brandon Rickman & Kevin Denney (Brandon Rickman Music/BMI & Disney Music Pub & KRD Music & Craven Music/BMI)
  • We Couldn't Tell/Brandon Rickman & Amanda Williams (Brandon Rickman Music/BMI & Sony Cross Key & Kim Williams Music & Hollohart Music/ASCAP)
  • Molly/Larry Cordle & Connie Leigh (EMI Blackwood Music & Graham Sullivan Music & New Songs of Sea Gayle/BMI)
  • Darkness Wept/Dee Gaskin & Rebecca Bowman (Dee Light Music & R I Bowman Music/BMI)
  • I'd Worship You/Ralph Stanley (Fort Knox Music & Trio Music/BMI)
  • Struttin' To Ferrum/Unknown (Arr. Gene Parker/Fairystone Pub./BMI)
  • Flowers/Billy Yates & Monty Criswell (Hillbillion Music & Music of Stage Three & So Bizzy Music & Songs of Universal/BMI)

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2009, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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