Keep on Going: The Rebel & Melodeon Recordings

Keep on Going: The Rebel & Melodeon Recordings

by Red AllenRed Allen


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While it's common, and perhaps unfair, to judge new music against classics from yesteryear, the process is inevitable. It's the handful of recordings by a handful of artists that serve as touchstones for everything that follows, and remind reviewers, critics, and listeners just how far many new artists have to go. The early- to mid- '60s recordings that Red Allen made for Rebel and Melodeon fit into that rare category, qualifying as fabulous bluegrass that also serves as an acid test to post-millennium purveyors of jazzed-up mountain music. Many factors -- great pickers, good material -- work toward the overall effect, but the secret ingredient on Keep on Going is Allen's ability to inject everything he touches with lots of country soul. There's nothing particularly special about the lyric of "I Don't Know Why," but Allen's lead, and his harmony with Wayne Yates on the chorus, turn each line into a sad refrain that reaches down deep. The cuts with brothers Billy and Wayne Yates, in particular, sound as old-timey as 1946, while the earlier material with mandolinist Frank Wakefield combines old-timey singing with cutting-edge instrumental work. Keep on Going reminds listeners that while bluegrass certainly benefits from instrumental proficiency and smoothly blended harmony, the truly great musicians fill their music with a depth of feeling and inspiration. Allen's work will also remind listeners how bluegrass was made back in the old days, and teach aspiring musicians exactly what it takes to make a classic.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/2004
Label: Rebel Records
UPC: 0032511112729
catalogNumber: 111127
Rank: 84575

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Red Allen   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Frank Wakefield   Mandolin,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Chubby Wise   Fiddle
Bill Emerson   Banjo,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
Porter Church   Banjo
Jim Cox   Bass,Double Bass
Pete Kuykendall   Guitar,Double Bass
Scotty Stoneman   Fiddle
Tom Morgan   Bass,Double Bass
Wayne Yates   Mandolin,Bass (Vocal),Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
Billy Baker   Fiddle
Bill Yates   Bass,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal),Double Bass
Ralph (Robbie) Robinson   Banjo,Vocals

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
Ralph Stanley   Composer
Jimmie Davis   Composer
Benny Martin   Composer
Frank Wakefield   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Jimmy Wakely   Composer
Johnnie Wright   Composer
Red Allen   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Charles R. Freeland   Producer,Audio Production
David Freeman   Executive Producer
Pete Kuykendall   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Ira Louvin   Composer
Wayne Raney   Composer
Jack Anglin   Composer
Jon Hartley Fox   Liner Notes
Alton Delmore   Composer
Rabon Delmore   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Jon Hartley Fox   Liner Notes

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