My Home Ain't in the Hall of Fame

My Home Ain't in the Hall of Fame

by J.D. Crowe & the New SouthJ.D. Crowe & the New South


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In the late '70s, banjo virtuoso and bandleader J.D. Crowe was one of several forward-looking bluegrass artists looking to expand the music's stylistic boundaries. Bands like the Country Gentlemen and the Seldom Scene did so by taking rock & roll songs and giving them relatively traditional bluegrass settings; Crowe's approach, at least temporarily, was to bring steel guitar, electric bass, and drums to bear on bluegrass material. The resulting sound on this 1978 recording was completely different from most of what was then being called "progressive bluegrass", and in fact, to call this album "progressive bluegrass" would be rather misleading. Basically, this is a honky tonk album with a banjo and a few bluegrass numbers thrown in. On "(I'll Be Your) Stepping Stone," singer Keith Whitley sounds like he's building an altar to George Jones, and the band's version of "Lady" sounds like a Bellamy Brothers outtake. Even the relatively straightforward bluegrass number "She's Gone, Gone, Gone" and the heavily bluegrassified arrangement of the old Flying Burrito Brothers number "Sin City" prominently feature pedal steel and drums. None of this is a criticism; in fact, many of these arrangements work beautifully, and the combination of Crowe's brilliant banjo picking (listen to his backup work on "Will You Be Lonesome Too?") and Whitley's even more brilliant singing is pretty much unbeatable. But bluegrass purists should consider themselves duly warned.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2002
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661010321
catalogNumber: 610103
Rank: 70334

Album Credits

Performance Credits

J.D. Crowe & the New South   Primary Artist
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Tony Rice   Guitar,Vocals
Ricky Skaggs   Mandolin,Tenor (Vocal)
Doug Jernigan   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Keith Whitley   Guitar,Vocals
J.D. Crowe   Banjo,Baritone (Vocal),Track Performer
Jimmy Gaudreau   Mandolin,Tenor (Vocal)
Bobby Slone   Fiddle
Jimmy Ashby   Drums
Bill Asham   Drums
Steve Bryant   Electric Bass

Technical Credits

Chris Hillman   Composer
Dan Seals   Composer
Jimmy Buffett   Composer
Gram Parsons   Composer
Bobby Charles   Composer
Joe Dolce   Composer
Sonny Thompson   Composer
Tommy Boyce   Composer
John Ford Coley   Composer
Bobby Hart   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Kyle Lehning   Composer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Parker McGee   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Alton Delmore   Composer
Steve Chandler   Engineer
Abner Silver   Composer
Neil Haislop   Liner Notes

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