Life Stories

Life Stories

by Larry StephensonLarry Stephenson


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There are a number of things to recommend Larry Stephenson's approach to traditional bluegrass, but above them all stands his high and lonesome lead vocals on Life Stories. Whatever his background, his vocal style sounds authentic, leaving the impression that he grew up in the South where he rose early each morning to work on the family farm. The stories that grace the album likewise leave the impression of an older rural culture where folks sat around the stove in the evening telling tales. These stories, "Poor Old Cora" and "The Knoxville Boy," cover the gauntlet of human tragedies, from a girl left at the alter by her true love to the treachery of a cold-blooded murderer. All of these songs are backed with aplomb by spry banjo, mandolin, guitar, fiddle, and bass, creating an intoxicating mix that reminds one of the best qualities that made groups like Jim & Jesse so successful. While all musicians play well, the emphasis on Life Stories has been placed on the songs themselves, and few of them extend very far over the three-minute mark. Other winning cuts include "Veil of White Lace," "Deep Water," and the closer, "Waiting on the Sun to Shine." Life Stories will remind bluegrass fans that traditional music played in a traditional fashion has some life left in it yet.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/05/2006
Label: Pinecastle
UPC: 0755757115520
catalogNumber: 571155
Rank: 109007

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Larry Stephenson   Primary Artist,Mandolin,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Rob Ickes   Acoustic Guitar,Weissenborn
Missy Raines   Acoustic Bass
Shad Cobb   Fiddle
Aaron McDaris   Banjo,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Lester Flatt   Composer
Tom T. Hall   Composer,Liner Notes
Jim Reeves   Composer
Larry Stephenson   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Tom Riggs   Executive Producer
Fred Rose   Composer
Larry Shell   Composer
Tim Stafford   Composer
Kim Williams   Composer
Jack Rhodes   Composer
Damon Black   Composer
Ben Surratt   Producer,Engineer
Aaron McDaris   Composer
Herb Schucher   Composer
Dick Reynolds   Composer

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