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Jim Rooney has been making music for over 50 years starting in his Boston home where he managed the Club 47 in the 60s and was a director of the Newport Folk Festival. Subsequently he managed Albert Grossmans Bearsville Studios in Woodstock and then later moved to Nashville where he has produced John Prine, Iris DeMent, Nanci Griffith and Peter Rowan amongst many others. Along the way, hes been in a number of different groups and continues with Rooneys Irregulars, a rotating group of musicians who split their time between Nashville and Ireland. Rooney is also the author of several highly regarded books about music.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. You Asked Me To
  2. Lord Lovell
  3. Hello Baby It's You
  4. Roving Gambler
  5. Devil's Level
  6. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
  7. Music Makin' Mama
  8. One Morning In May
  9. Gone Girl
  10. Pretty Fair Maid
  11. Point Of View
  12. House Of Gold
  13. Waymore's Blues

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 12, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Appaloosa
  • ASIN: B000063J8N
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,409 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Jim Rooney ---I have been a solid fan of this ebullient and soulful (yes, and if you don't believe this, just listen to his almost unbearably intense rendition of Tramp on the Street on his Rounder album One Day At a Time) singer since his and pal Bill Keith's Living on the Mountain came out on Prestige in the early 1960s. That album, with its totally Whoa, What is THAT?? second half of Bill Keith's banjo break on Salty Dog Blues, heralded a whole new chapter in the Bluegrass saga.

Jim Rooney may not be a BG singer as we think of them --- Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Jim and Jesse, et al --- nope, he ain't high lonesome Southern, but he sure does know what country music's about --- and we have it in the Northeast--- and how to get it across. His versions of Hank Williams songs are as far as I am concerned the best there is. Which reminds me, when are "they" ever going to re-release that classic Sweet Moments With the Blue Velvet Band in an affordable CD format? That is a hidden gem if there ever was one.

But all of Jim's recordings are first rate (with Sweet Moments primus inter pares). Try to find the Woodstock Mountain Review albums, especially Music from Mud Acres, that contains his wonderful sweet-sad duet with, I think, Maria Muldaur, on Cora Is Gone.

All of this is by way of saying, I am so glad I accidently ran across this relatively recent recording of his on Amazon. There are good new songs here as well as his reprise of One Morning in May. His accompanying musicians are unquestionably professionals, though perhaps a tad modest here for my tastes, which gives the always sui generis Mr. Rooney the full center stage. [Edit: Upon further repeated listenings, I take that "tad" bit back.
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