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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sierra
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By J. Ross
Format:Audio CD
Total Playing Time - 55:47 -- Pick up this 14-track CD and relive the excitement of the Kentucky Colonels in 1965 as they play two Hollywood, Ca. venues, The Cobblestone Club and Ash Grove. While the group originally started in the early fifties (as "The Country Boys") after the four White kids (Roland, Clarence, Eric and Joann) moved from Maine to Los Angeles, it was in the early sixties that the band reached the pinnacle of its career. A 1964 trip back east found them playing at the Newport Folk Festival and Martha's Vineyard. By 1965, the Kentucky Colonels featured Clarence White (guitar), Roland White (mandolin), Bill Ray Lathum (banjo), Roger Bush (bass), and Scott Stoneman (who had just joined the band on fiddle after Bobby Slone left the group). Stoneman was a catalyst that supercharged the other pickers, like throwing dry tinder on a bluegrass wildfire. The players challenged each other to greater musical heights. The result was some of the most exciting music to be heard for quite some time. The Colonels eventually broke up in 1965 when it proved impossible to make a living as bluegrass musicians in California. An attempt to reform in 1966 as The White Brothers and Kentucky Colonels was unsuccessful.
Calvin "Scotty" Stoneman was born in Galax, Virginia on August 4, 1932, one of 23 children of Ernest "Pop" Stoneman. Scotty was a five-time national fiddle contest champion when he died, on March 4, 1973 from overuse of a medication (librium) taken to avoid alcohol. Scotty's first professional experience had been with Mac Wiseman in the early fifties, and as a member of The Blue Grass Champs after winning the fiddle category in Connie B. Gay's "National Hillbilly Music Contest" in Warrenton, Va. Scotty also helped The Stoneman Family win the 1957 Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts Show.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The shooting star of bluegrass music - Scotty Stoneman February 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Scotty was the scion of the famous Stoneman family. He was also one of the bad boys of bluegrass, known for some outrageous behavior and a strong love of drink. The latter cut his life short. Scotty passed through this life quickly and intensely like a shooting star.
This live recording of Scotty with the Kentucky Colonels is a bit rough on the sound side, but infinitely enjoyable to listen to anyway. It is probably the best showcase of Scotty's work on CD. The fiddle tunes represented here display the fire and intensity of his playing. The vocal tracks like "Once a Day" and "A Wound Time Can't Erase" reveal a rich, soulful voice I wish we could have heard more of.
Of course the CD features the enormous talents of the White brothers and the Colonels. Fans of bluegrass fiddle have missed out on a pillar of the artform until they have aquainted themselves with the playing of Stoneman. This CD is a great forum to do so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 8, 2014
Format:Audio CD
Great service from the seller-one of the best live fiddle CD's.
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