The Bluegrass Storyteller

The Bluegrass Storyteller

by James KingJames King


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While artists often seem to randomly name their latest effort, James King has carefully aligned content with title on Bluegrass Storyteller. The music, let there be no doubt, is traditional bluegrass, harking back to Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley. And the 13 songs, from "Coldest Day of Winter" to "Just as the Sun Went Down," each tell a story. Singer James King and his stories are backed by fine ensemble work by mandolinist Kevin Prater, banjoist Bernie Green, bassist Jerry McNeely, and fiddler Adam Haynes. King has borrowed songs from a number of writers, from Tom T. and Dixie Hall to Carl Jackson to Fred Eaglesmith. "Echo Mountain" tells the heartbreaking tale of a father who believes the family dog, who is covered in blood, has killed his infant son. The father shoots the dog, only to find the baby safe and two dead wolves at the backdoor. Other songs -- fathers meeting daughters they never knew they had, newlyweds meeting a bitter divorced man -- specialize at surprising and pulling the listener's heartstrings. Since this is a country/bluegrass album, the last song -- "Just as the Sun Went Down" -- is the obligatory religious number, and should please traditionalists. Bluegrass Storyteller is a fine outing with good singing, solid instrumental work, and great stories.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2005
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661055124
catalogNumber: 610551
Rank: 60057


  1. Coldest Day of Winter
  2. Echo Mountain
  3. She Took His Breath Away
  4. Stumbling in My Father's Footsteps
  5. Jerusalem Tomorrow
  6. Flowers in the Dell
  7. Second Handed Flowers
  8. Saginaw, Michigan
  9. Garage Sale
  10. Carroll County Accident
  11. Cold Hard Facts of Lies
  12. Whatever Happened to Julie?
  13. Just as the Sun Went Down

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James King   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jerry McNeely   Bass,Bass (Vocal)
Kevin Prater   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Bernie Green   Banjo,Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal)
Jerry McNeely   Double Bass
Ben Greene   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
Adam Haynes   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Tom T. Hall   Composer,Author
Fred Koller   Composer
James King   Composer
Larry Cordle   Composer
David Olney   Composer
Dudley Connell   Author
Bob Ferguson   Composer
Ken Irwin   Producer,Audio Production
Carl Jackson   Composer
Robert Earl Keen   Composer
Buddy Miller   Composer
Fred Eaglesmith   Composer
Scott Alarik   Liner Notes
Jon Randall   Composer
Terry Kitchen   Song Notes
Steve Chandler   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Mel Besher   Composer
Don Wayne   Composer
B.J. Anderson   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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