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Lefty's Old Guitar

J.D. Crowe & The New SouthAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 10, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • ASIN: B000FKO5E2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,480 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mississippi River Raft
2. Left's Old Guitar
3. Just Loving You
4. Rovin' Gambler
5. In My Next Life
6. You Can Be A Millionaire With Me
7. I Only Wish You Knew
8. Loneliness
9. I'm A Hobo
10. Too Often Left Alone
11. Blue Bonnet Lane
12. She Knows When You're On My Mind Again

Editorial Reviews

At the age of 69, J.D. Crowe enters his fifth decade of recording surveying the past and the present--and seeing nothing but pure bluegrass. Even when employing nonstandard instruments like pedal steel (played by Nashville genius Doug Jernigan) or breaking the rules of Scrugg-style banjo all over again, Crowe continues to draw on the sound and style that made the first New South album (Rounder 0044) a landmark. The low- and high-tenor blend of Rickey Wasson and Dwight McCall echoes the classic harmonies of Tony Rice and Ricky Skaggs, and the instrumental brilliance is always subordinate to good songs--contemporary in feel yet indebted to an honest, rural-based lyricism and durable, flexible old-time traditions. The band rocks through the public domain "Roving Gambler," jumps freights nimbly on "I'm a Hobo," and then subverts the myths on "In My Next Life," a devastating portrait of rural, working life and dreams. Cindy Walker's chestnut "Blue Bonnet Lane" is a showcase for McCall's sugary-smooth high lead singing and, of course, Crowe's wicked little banjo fills, while the title track, a highlight of New South live sets for years, is especially welcome. The album's only stumble is "You Can Be a Millionaire with Me," which makes an unfortunate equation between capital accumulation and soul salvation. Ultimately, music this rich doesn't need saving. --Roy Kasten

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Stuff! November 18, 2006
Format:Audio CD
JD Crowe has struck gold with this CD! This CD sounds contemparary without sacrificing the traditional bluegrass sound. This CD contains great arrangements that fit bluegrass but leave the listner guessing at what may happen next. This is the best I have heard from Crowe since the Skaggs/Rice days. The song selections, vocals and instrumentations are as good as anything else current in bluegrass today. JD's banjo picking sounds very youthful and full of that great tone that has set him apart from other pickers of his generation for so many years. To me Scruggs, Crowe and Fleck are what define great banjo playing. Thanks JD for a great CD!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By J. Ross
Format:Audio CD
Playing Time - 34:10 -- From Kentucky, J.D. Crowe began his career as a member of Mac Wiseman's band in 1955. Thus, "Lefty's Old Guitar" is also somewhat of a half century celebratory milestone for J.D. After an early stint with Jimmy Martin, he formed his own group in 1968, The Kentucky Mountain Boys (with Doyle Lawson and Red Allen). The New South first took the stage in 1974 with Tony Rice, Ricky Skaggs and Jerry Douglas. Abut 2002, Rounder Records re-released "My Home Ain't in the Hall of Fame" (the band's seminal 1978 album). Over the years, band alumni have included Keith Whitley, Jimmy Gaudreau, Paul Adkins, Wendy Miller, Gene Johnson (Diamond Rio), Tony King (Brooks and Dunn), and many others. In 1999, J.D. and The New South put out the album "Come on Down to My World," that introduced us to Dwight McCall's singing and mandolin playing. A year later, however, some of their bandmates left to form another stellar group, Wildfire. That 1999 album was the band's last studio album until "Lefty's Old Guitar" hit the mark.

Today, the award-winning banjo player's band is comprised of some masterful pickers and singers - Dwight McCall (mandolin, vocals), Rickey Wasson (guitar, vocals), Ron Stewart (fiddle), and Harold Nixon (bass). Crowe, of course, also typically sings a baritone harmony in choruses. Their vocal blends are resonant, full of joy or sung with pathos, when needed. For their highest, lonesomest sound, check out "She Knows When You're On My Mind Again," that lays in Cia Cherryholmes' high baritone harmony on the very top. While Wasson does most of the lead vocalizing on "Lefty's Old Guitar," McCall's sumptuous high voice belts out the verses' lyrics on his own self-penned "I Only Wish You Knew," Larry Sparks' "Just Loving You," and Cindy Walker's "Blue Bonnet Lane.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars L O G short review... April 6, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Good stuff from JD and his band, now with acoustic bass. Also has some nice steel (Doug Jernigan) that bluegrass purists probably won't like but its only on two songs, deal with it. As usual, JD's backup work is exemplary and Ron Stewart plays nice fiddle. If you like semi-traditional bluegrass, you won't be disappointed with this CD. Erik The Pope recommends it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music December 14, 2013
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Love the harmony and all the instrumentals. I world recommend this to any BG enthusiasts. Get it for your library
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