It's Just the Night

It's Just the Night

by Del McCouryDel McCoury




Not for nothing is the Del McCoury Band regarded as one of the most formidable aggregations in bluegrass, and every note on It's Just the Night proves this long-established truth. Picking up right where 2001's powerful Del and the Boys left off, this new album finds the incomparable quintet offering some lived-in lessons on love and heartbreak, the working life, and the spiritual life. Again finding common ground with the eloquent British singer-songwriter Richard Thompson -- whose "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" was a highlight of Del and the Boys -- the band put their stamp on two more Thompson gems: a breakneck version of "Dry My Tears and Move On" and a keening take on "Two-Faced Love," with fiddler Jason Carter's wailing lines evoking the inner turmoil of which McCoury sings. The tight ensemble work driving "My Love Will Not Change" is the ideal backdrop for Del's solid, straightforward testifying, and the loping rhythm of "Zero to Love" gets the toes tapping as McCoury sings a beautiful melody and lyric telling of the wonder of sudden, unexpected, overwhelming true love. On a topical note, the ebullient pace of "Mill Town" stands in contrast to a cautionary tale concerning the drudgery and hopelessness of life in a paper mill, which Del delivers with a pamphleteer's urgency. The Fairfield Four lend deep, haunting harmonies to the somber title song, which limns some sinister goings-on in the wee small hours. All of which is balanced out by the lovely harmonizing on the spare gospel celebration "I Can Hear the Angels Singing." It sounds like real life through and through, and no one does real life better than the Del McCoury Band.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/12/2003
Label: Mccoury Music
UPC: 0829305000122
catalogNumber: 1


  1. Dry My Tears and Move On
  2. Asheville Turnaround
  3. Let an Old Racehorse Run
  4. Hillcrest Drive
  5. It's Just the Night
  6. My Love Will Not Change
  7. Fire and the Flame
  8. Zero to Love
  9. I'm Afraid I Forgot the Feeling (That I Had for You)
  10. Man Can't Live on Bread Alone
  11. I Can Hear the Angels Singing
  12. Same Kind of Crazy
  13. Mill Towns
  14. Two-Faced Love

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Del McCoury   Primary Artist
Fairfield Four   Guest Appearance
Isaac Freeman   Bass,Guest Appearance,Group Member
Wilson Waters   Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance,Group Member
Joe Rice   Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance,Group Member
Robert Hamlett   Guest Appearance,Group Member
J.D. Fizer   Baritone,Guest Appearance,Group Member

Technical Credits

Delbert McClinton   Composer
Del McCoury   Producer
Verlon Thompson   Composer
Richard Thompson   Composer
Mark Howard   Engineer
Don Reno   Composer
Shawn Camp   Composer
Austin Cunningham   Composer
Brent King   Engineer
Ronnie McCoury   Composer,Producer
Pat McInerney   Composer
Jeff Presley   Composer
Stan Strickland   Art Direction
Brad Rodgers   Composer
Rick Tiger   Composer
Gene Ellsworth   Composer
Erick Anderson   Art Direction
David Francey   Composer
Van Eaton   Composer
H.R. Cook   Composer

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