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Jim Lauderdale & The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys (from the album The Long and Lonesome Letting Go available on Sky Crunch Records) (by Bryant Liggett)
Jim Lauderdale isn’t afraid of collaborating. If you look and listen in to the man’s catalog you’ll see and hear that teaming up with colleagues is a major part of his musical past and present, playing with everyone from hippies Jammers to Roots Rockers. Lauderdale’s latest partnership finds the man reaching back to the golden era of Bluegrass with The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, a group who traces lineage to the music of Bill Monroe. The Long and Lonesome Letting Go is Bluegrass in its traditional form; hard hitting, high, and lonesome.
The record is loaded with being alone. From the title track where they’re joined by Del McCoury to “You Fell Off the Face of the Earth” to the mid-tempo but super sad “That’s Was When We Were Together”, the latter a cut you’ll want to ride out to the end for the happy ending. “A Better Place” is a Roots Gospel cut, delivered without you knowing it, the band foregoing overt messages via the lyrics, “She’s The Light” is a chase-the-girl love song, and Jim and The Boys closing with an absolute paint-peeling ripper in “Drop the Hammer Down”, exactly what they do musically. The track is a high energy Bluegrass cut that’s all out fast and furious.
The Long and Lonesome Letting Go is straight up Bluegrass record. No extended jams nor fluffy ballads, just shredded instruments, flying fiddle riffs, and thick harmonies laid over melodies that move. this is Bluegrass that sticks close to the formula Bill Monroe created decades ago. (by Bryant Liggett)
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