Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass (from the album That’s Why I’m Lonesome available on Patuxent Music)
Bluegrass musician Danny Paisley puts heartache on the menu as a blue-plate special. Heartache has always been a lyrical theme in string bands, and while the genre gets hijacked by jam-bands using its instruments as a base for exploration and improvisation while songwriters use Bluegrass undertones to explore 1970’s AM radio gold, it is high and lonesome musicians like Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass that keep Bill Monroe from tossing harsh vibes the grave. That’s Why I’m Lonesomeis Paisley’s third release for Patuxent Records. The album is another dose of honest bluegrass with the right amount of twang. The title track finds Danny Paisley setting a lyrical base while repeating the line ‘it’s sad but it’s true” as he laments and regrets falling for a pretty girl who quickly made money disappear, followed by “Rainbow of My Dreams” and “Does It Have to End This Way”, both with a classic fiddle intro so recognizable in Bluegrass. “Running Late” then kicks in, a driving instrumental that showcases a equally driven band.
The narrator takes the upper-hand in “Who Do You Think You’re Foolin’”, comfortable on the offensive end of the break-up, followed by a mandolin heavy instrumental in “Mullingar Quickstep.” That’s Why I’m Lonesomeends with “Light at the River” and “Will You Visit Me On Sundays,” a double dose of gospel numbers. Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass get right to the musical point, showcasing efficiency in the same way they exhibit talent. Every song clocks in around or just under three-minutes, each note and every heart-breaking lyric carefully placed. As a repeat listener, you know exactly what is served when it comes to Danny Paisley, and one thing that isn’t messed with on That’s Why I’m Lonesome, or any Paisley record, is tradition. (by Bryant Liggett)
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