Lessons in Stone

Lessons in Stone

by LongviewLongview

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Overview

Longview is something of a bluegrass supergroup, consisting as it does of former members of the Seldom Scene, the Johnson Mountain Boys, the Lonesome River Band, Clinch Mountain Boys, and even Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys. The band's third album finds it working in the same vein of traditional but forward-looking bluegrass that it has had success with in the past, combining old standards with new compositions and delivering everything with an effortless instrumental virtuosity and stirring vocal prowess. So why isn't the album better than merely very good? In part because of some unfortunate production choices, among them an unnecessary amount of echo and reverb. And in part because a couple of these songs fall a bit flat -- notably the maudlin title track and a strange rendition of "When the Golden Leaves Begin to Fall," on which lead singer Dudley Connell and the rest of the band part harmonic ways for a moment and didn't bother to go back and fix the problem. But on their hard-driving rendition of "Hills and Home," and especially the grittily powerful "I've Lived a Lot in My Time" (featuring the spectacular James King on lead vocals), the band shines brightly enough to overcome the album's few minor missteps. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/12/2002
Label: Rebel Records
UPC: 0032511178022
catalogNumber: 111780
Rank: 119840

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Longview   Primary Artist
James King   Vocals
Glen Duncan   Fiddle,Choir, Chorus,Baritone (Vocal)
Dudley Connell   Guitar,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal)
Marshall Wilborn   Bass
Don Rigsby   Mandolin,Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal)
Joe Mullins   Banjo,Tenor (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Carl Story   Composer
Tom T. Hall   Composer
Jim Reeves   Composer
Glen Duncan   Composer
Tom Gray   Composer
Jimmy Martin   Composer
John Duffey   Composer
Aubrey Holt   Composer
Longview   Producer
Otis Dillon   Studio Coordinator
Jack Rhodes   Composer
Jan Stolpe   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Lowell Blanchard   Composer
Jerry Stuart   Composer
Carlton Haney   Composer
Dick Reynolds   Composer

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