Longview regroups with J.D. Crowe, Lou Reid
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
– After six years, bluegrass Longview returns on April 8 with "Deep in the Mountains" (Rounder). This is the band's fourth recording, but the first with new members J.D. Crowe, Ron Stewart, and Lou Reid. The disc includes traditional bluegrass from the southern mountains; to the first classic ensembles of Bill Monroe, Jim & Jesse, and the Stanley Brothers and extending into the newgrass revolution ignited by Crowe's band, The New South.
Longview was originally meant to be a one-time-only gathering of Don Rigsby, James King, Dudley Connell, Marshall Wilborn, Joe Mullins and Glen Duncan. They came together at the request of Rounder Records cofounder Ken Irwin, to mark the label's 25th anniversary. The CD reached the Top 15 on Gavin's Americana chart, and won the International Bluegrass Music Association's 1998 Recorded Event of the Year and Song of the Year awards.
On "Deep in the Mountains," harmonies remain as the centerpiece of Longview. Reid takes Connell's place singing tenor on "Old Log Cabin" and Rigsby adding high baritone to "Weathered Grey Stone," a song written by Connell. King's baritone takes the lead.
Crowe still leads The New South. Stewart (fiddle) is a prolific session musician and a multi-instrumentalist. Guitarist Reid plays with the Seldom Scene and was a founding member of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver and a member of Ricky Skaggs' band. Wilborn has played bass for the Johnson Mountain Boys, Lynn Morris and Jimmy Martin. King is considered one of the best male ballad singer in bluegrass and mandolinist Rigsby is a veteran of the New South and Lonesome River Band.
"When I'm playing," Rigsby said, "my goal is to make them all sound good; and that's their goal, too. Because if I can't make them sound good, they're not going to be able to make me sound good. That's just one of the laws: the whole is no greater than the sum of its parts. That's bluegrass physics."
The songs are:
1. Eating Out of Your Hand
2. Weathered Grey Stone
3. Room at the Top of the Stairs
4. Don't Leave Me Alone
5. Old Log Cabin
6. Cotton Eyed Joe
7. I'll Love Nobody but You
8. Baptism of Jesse Taylor
9. I'm Gonna Love You One More Time
10. At the First Fall of Snow
11. I Love You Yet
12. Georgia Bound
Deep in the Mountains
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