Some Old Day
This CD was recorded LIVE in the studio. It was important to capture the life and verve of a group recording. With such a talent pool the CD seems a bit diverse with four lead singers but by recording it live we were able to capture the "Band" sound that B&L produces. There is a groove and a lope to all of the songs and tunes that is distinctly B&L. No matter who is singing lead the band sound is there. It was important to feature all of the major talent in this group. Especially check out the double fiddle tune "High Country" Paul & Ed. Fiddle fans will love this one. Two words frequently used to describe bluegrass music, with it's many moods and emotions, are 'Blue' and 'Lonesome.' Together they make a powerful and accurate name for a traditional bluegrass band of the highest order: Blue & Lonesome. In the 21st Century, bluegrass music, still young and healthy at 60-something years, has withstood the vagaries of the music business and fickle public tastes, surviving the ups and downs caused by the emergence of Rock'n'Roll, commercial folk music, Disco, the Nashville Sound, and other popular styles and forms, to land firmly on it's feet as a marketable niche under the catch-all "roots music." Lately the term "bluegrass" has come to mean many things, and what constitutes true bluegrass is hotly debated within that niche. Ideas range from very strict to widely inclusive, but for those of a certain mindset, "bluegrass" means music that stays close to the styles and sensibilities of it's earliest practitioners: Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, The Stanley Brothers, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Don Reno and Red Smiley, The Osborne Brothers, and a few others. And that's where to look when the name Blue & Lonesome comes up. While the guys in Blue & Lonesome have been involved in all parts of the bluegrass spectrum, their main focus here is the way the pioneering musicians thought and played. The goal is not necessarily to imitate, but to pay homage with interpretations of the classic form from the golden-era of bluegrass -- roughly the mid-1940s through the late-1950s - and with a nod to more recent compositions that reflect the same musical values. Where do the songs on this CD come from? Blue & Lonesome has reached back to the music of Bill Monroe for "Summer Time Is Past and Gone," "Good-Bye Old Pal"and "Rocky Road Blues." From the Flatt and Scruggs repertoire come "Some Old Day," "The Old Home Town," and "No Mother or Dad." "My Walkin' Shoes" is a Jimmy Martin standard, and Johnny Bond's "Love Gone Cold," was featured in live performances by Lester Flatt both as a member of Bill Monroe's band and later with partner, Earl Scruggs. "There Is a Trap" is from the Stanley Brothers, "Roll on Buddy" is a bluegrass standard, and "Poison Love," written and recorded by Johnny Wright and Jack Anglin, was introduced into bluegrass by Bill Monroe. To showcase their instrumental prowess Blue & Lonesome romp through Frank Wakefield's "New Camptown Races," Kenny Baker's "High Country," and the traditional fiddle tune, "Salt River." Welcome, then, to the world of Blue & Lonesome. In an era when anything with a banjo might be called bluegrass, here you'll always find a deeply-felt reminder of where it all comes from. Join Ed, Mike, Larry, Paul and Jeff as they share with you their love for those classic sounds on Some Old Day. Frank Godbey April, 2009.