Blue Side of the Blue Ridge

Blue Side of the Blue Ridge

by Junior SiskJunior Sisk


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After cutting one album during the 1990s, Rambler's Choice disbanded, and the members went their separate ways. Lead vocalist/guitarist Junior Sisk worked with both Lost & Found and Blueridge, while bassist/singer Tim Massey worked in a variety of bands. Now, some ten years later, Sisk and Massey have put the group back together (apparently minus the apostrophe in "Rambler's Choice") with mandolinist Chris Harris, fiddler Billy Hawks, and banjoist Darrell Wilkerson. While writer Jon Weisberger places Ramblers Choice's music somewhere between the new and old in the liner notes, Sisk's vocal is clearly old school, harking back to Bill Monroe country-tinged nasal. Having said this, the material does mix old and new, drawing from gospel, country, and contemporary sources, with songs about dust on the family Bible, broken love affairs, and making a living by making moonshine. The opener, "The Wolf Is at the Door," is a wry, uptempo number with some fine harmony work on the choruses, while the spry "Steel Rail Rider" brings the album to a joyful close. Ramblers Choice play well as a unit, focusing on the integrity of each song, and keeping the arrangements simple. The production by Ronnie Bowman (who penned or co-penned several of the album's songs) is likewise straightforward. With Blue Side of the Blue Ridge, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice have delivered a solid album that leans toward tradition.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/2008
Label: Rebel Records
UPC: 0032511182524
catalogNumber: 1825
Rank: 66644

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Junior Sisk   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Lead
Wyatt Rice   Rhythm Guitar,Guest Appearance
Tim Massey   Vocals,Acoustic Bass,Vocal Harmony,Lead
Billy Hawks   Fiddle
Chris Harris   Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Darrell Wilkerson   Banjo

Technical Credits

Wyatt Rice   Engineer
Tom T. Hall   Composer
Ronnie Bowman   Composer,Producer
Dick Staber   Composer
Tim Massey   Composer
Benny Cain   Composer
Vallie Cain   Composer
Jon Weisberger   Liner Notes
Patrick McDougal   Composer
Ashby Frank   Composer
Michael Patrick Heeney   Composer
Rick Bartley   Composer

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