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I Feel Like Singing Today
Jim Lauderdale, Ral Stanley
I Feel Like Singing Today
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
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Jim Lauderdale is among the most creatively expansive of Nashville's commercially bankable songwriters. Ralph Stanley is an ageless bluegrass icon. Put 'em together and you have one of the finest country albums to come out...  more »


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All Artists: Jim Lauderdale, Ral Stanley
Title: I Feel Like Singing Today
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rebel Records
Original Release Date: 9/14/1999
Release Date: 9/14/1999
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
Styles: Bluegrass, Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 032511175526

Jim Lauderdale is among the most creatively expansive of Nashville's commercially bankable songwriters. Ralph Stanley is an ageless bluegrass icon. Put 'em together and you have one of the finest country albums to come out in 1999, not to mention a feather in Lauderdale's cap as a recording artist. Unlike Steve Earle, who put out an excellent bluegrass album (The Mountain with Del McCoury) earlier in '99, North Carolina-born Lauderdale sounds like he grew up singing this stuff. He wrote or cowrote 9 of the 15 tracks, including the gospel-sounding title track and the a cappella "Like Him." When Stanley comes in with his otherworldly high harmonies and ringing banjo, you may feel like singing today as well. --Rick Mitchell

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I feel like singing today.
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is one of the best CDs of last year, bluegrass or any style. Ralph Stanley, as always, is stunning, and Lauderdale proves himself as one of the finest songwriters in the business. "I Feel Like Singing Today" is the kind of song people could be singing 100 years from now. "Like Him" is one of the most beautiful gospel songs I have ever heard recorded. It's hard to believe the song isn't 100 years old. With Steve Earle's "Mountain" and Dolly Parton's "The Grass is Blue" both also coming out last year, my CD player isn't getting much rest. All three CD's are great, but this one is hard to top."
Powerful Music
Steve Vrana | Aurora, NE | 02/28/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Teaming up with the reigning patriarch of bluegrass music Ralph Stanley and his Clinch Mountain Boys isn't a guarantee for success, but Jim Lauderdale makes this pairing an absolute joy from start to finish. Unlike another album that came out the same year using the same formula (Steve Earle's pairing with the Del McCroury Band), Lauderdale wrote (or co-wrote) only about two-thirds of these songs, and will on occasion take a back seat to Stanley, who takes the lead vocal on the a capella "Like Him," one of nine Lauderdale originals.Lauderdale slips into the bluegrass genre like he was born into it. The opening track, "I Feel Like Singing Today," is another Lauderdale original that begins the album on an upbeat toe-tapping note. Lauderdale's songwriting partner on a couple tracks is none other than Grateful Dead Lyricist Robert Hunter. They penned the rollicking "Joy, Joy, Joy" and "I Will Wait for You."Lauderdale's originals hold up well along such bluegrass chestnuts as "You'll Find Her Name Written There" and "What About You," perhaps more closely associated with Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs respectively. In addition there are a pair of Carter Stanley gems, "Harbor of Love" and "Who Will Sing for Me."The album closes on a high note with Ralph Stanley taking the lead vocal on the Lauderdale original "Who Thought the Railroad Wouldn't Last." This is powerful music. In his liner notes Lauderdale says he wants to "celebrate and share" the music of Ralph Stanley. He has succeeded gloriously. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED"
Classic Bluegrass Sound, Great Bluegrass Variety
Alison Peveto | Buna, TX United States | 02/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've always felt that there are two types of bluegrass music. There is the high, lonesome sound filled with dark lyrics that are most appropriate when driving down a dark, windy road among tall, Southern pines. On the other side of the spectrum, there is the joyful, feel-good kind of bluegrass that puts you in the mood to make homemade ice cream on a sunny Sunday afternoon. When Jim Lauderdale teams up with Ralph Stanley, you can set high expectations for a well-written vocal masterpiece that puts you in the mood for making some ice cream and you will not be disappointed. Ralph Stanley, affectionately called Dr. Ralph by his hard core fans, has been making bluegrass music for fifty-five years, but has recently become nationally recognized due to the success of the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack. Jim Lauderdale is a country traditionalist who has penned songs for such stars as George Strait, the Dixie Chicks and Mark Chesnutt. Jim and Dr. Ralph have recently teamed up on I Feel Like Singing Today, an album recorded on the Rebel Records label. I Feel Like Singing Today is true to it's title. Halfway into the first song, coincidentally the title track, your toe is tapping and you find yourself harmonizing with Dr. Ralph, Jim and the Clinch Mountain Boys. About half of the songs on the album are gospel songs, while the other half of the songs are made up of topics such as love, loss and the highway intruding upon one man's land. Of the gospel songs, the most breathtaking piece is "Like Him." "Like Him" is written by Lauderdale and sounds much like a hymn written a century ago. The harmony is chilling as Lauderdale, Stanley and the band lay down their instruments and bring the listener into a magical world. Stanley's high harmonies complement the low voices of Lauderdale and the Clinch Mountain Boys on this a cappella piece. As the next track, "I Wish That Today Could Be Tomorrow," plays, you once again become aware of your surroundings and are transported from your "Like Him" trance into reality. "I Wish That Today Could Be Tomorrow" is a playful track that describes the impatience of two young lovers waiting on their wedding day. Every track on the album is special and time simply does not allow for an apt description of every great tune. Nine of the 15 tracks are written or co-written by Lauderdale, who seems to move with ease from his regular honky-tonk repertoire to bluegrass. The vocals mingle together as if Dr. Ralph and Jim were made to sing together and the upbeat songs just make for a good time. I Feel Like Singing Today is one of the best albums of recent times and should be in every bluegrass fan's collection."