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|Johnson Mountain Boys|
Live at the Birchmere
Genres: Country, Pop
When the tapes of the Johnson Mountain Boys performance at the Birchmere on April 5, 1983, were released the following year as Live at the Birchmere the Johnson Mountain Boys' reputation as the best mainstream bluegrass ba... more »
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When the tapes of the Johnson Mountain Boys performance at the Birchmere on April 5, 1983, were released the following year as Live at the Birchmere the Johnson Mountain Boys' reputation as the best mainstream bluegrass band of their generation was firmly cemented. Now that album has finally been released on CD with three previously unreleased numbers from that night thrown in. The new songs include "Big Rufus," "I'm Dying a Sinner's Death," and "I'll Never See You Anymore." The previously released numbers include three Bill Monroe classics, a raucous version of Jimmie Rodgers' "Blue Yodel #3," an original heartbreaker by singer/guitarist Dudley Connell, and "Sugarloaf Mountain Special," Eddie Stubbs's fiddling tribute to the band's Montgomery County roots. --Geoffrey Himes
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Todd A. Gracyk | Petaluma, CA USA | 01/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This great 1983 live recording features the classic Johnson Mountain Boys line-up of Dudley Connell on guitar, Richard Underwood on banjo, Eddie Stubbs on fiddle, David McLauglin on mandolin and Larry Robbins on acoustic bass.The material here is excellent. Included are Bill Monroe's "Highway of Sorrow" and "Get Down On Your Knees and Pray;" the Stanley Brothers' "Let's Part the Best of Friends," and Flatt and Scruggs' "We Can't Be Darlings Anymore." Ray Price's "Wasted Words" is given an excellent high, lonesome treatment and honky-tonk themes are explored with Connell's own "Making Up Stories" and J.D. Miller's "Wild and Wicked World." I love it here, too, when the band goes into a supercharged version of Jimmie Rodgers' "Blue Yodel #3." Another fine Monroe number is heard in "She's Young (And I Am Growing Old)" and the Stanleys are the presumed source for "Tragic Love."On this album JMB tears it up on several instrumentals, my favorite being McLaughlin's "Georgia Stomp." There are also 2 excellent songs on this CD that were not on the original release due to the time contraints of vinyl, Bill Harrell's "I'll Never See You Anymore" and Roy Acuff's "(I'm Dying) A Sinner's Death."
This live show is, to me, what bluegrass music is all about."
Rock solid bluegrass
Joe Sixpack -- Slipcue.com | ...in Middle America | 12/11/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"An dazzling live performance from one of the best truegrass revival bands of the 1980s. This is how bluegrass oughtta be played... Fast, sweet, and with plenty of spirit!"