“Retroviews” Lefty’s Old Guitar

Review of “Lefty’s Old Guitar”

(J.D. Crow & The New South)

 

Lefty's Old Guitar (JDC & TNS) CoverIntroduction:   

Banjo icon J.D. Crowe seems to have had nothing but success in recorded music through the years with his band The New South. While much of their music has reached a truly iconic status, The New South has not been hugely prolific throughout their recording career. J.D. Crowe’s fans were certainly treated to some of The New South’s finest work after a long wait when Lefty’s Old Guitar was released in 2006. I am very excited to share my thoughts about this very fine album in this first installment of “Retroviews”!

Details:

Album: Lefty’s Old Guitar

Band: J.D Crowe & The New South

Label: Rounder

Number: 11661-0512-2

Release Date: October 10, 2006

Producer: J.D. Crowe & The New South

Band Members:

  • J.D. Crowe: Banjo, Vocals
  • Ron Stewart: Fiddle
  • Harold Nixon: Bass
  • Rickey Wasson: Guitar, Vocals
  • Dwight McCall: Mandolin, Vocals

Guests:

  • Doug Jernigan: Steel Guitar
  • Cia Cherryholmes: Harmony Vocal

Track Listing:

  • MISSISSIPPI RIVER RAFT
  • LEFTY’S OLD GUITAR (Feat: Doug Jernigan)
  • JUST LOVING YOU
  • ROVIN’ GAMBLER
  • IN MY NEXT LIFE
  • YOU CAN BE A MILLIONAIRE WITH ME
  • I ONLY WISH YOU KNEW
  • LONELINESS
  • I’M A HOBO
  • TOO OFTEN LEFT ALONE
  • BLUE BONNET LANE
  • SHE KNOWS WHEN YOU’RE ON MY MIND AGAIN (Feat: Doug Jernigan & Cia Cherryholmes)

Review:

Lefty’s Old Guitar presents, in my opinion, some of the strongest work from J.D. Crowe and The New South since their now classic self-titled first album (often affectionately referred to simply as “Rounder 0044”). One of the albums great strengths is that songs blend extremely well with the instrumental and vocal styles of the band members.   It is always important (to me) that musicians completely “embrace” the songs they are singing/playing and that is just what J.D. and his band have done here.  The album is very traditional without sounding fake or copied. You can tell that the band let this music come from within them. Classic songs include “Rovin’ Gambler” (a personal favorite), “You Can Be A Millionaire With Me” and “Blue Bonnet Lane.” These are blended with great new songs like “Mississippi River Raft,” and “I’m A Hobo.” The overall tone of the album is slightly country/swingy with a good dose of classic Flatt & Scruggs. The vocals are especially rich with Rickey Wasson and Dwight McCall providing some great vocals. Instrumental work is all spot on with the Wasson’s guitar and the fiddling of Ron Stewart standing out as great performances. Steel guitar was added to two tracks which might upset some “purists” and while I don’t consider steel guitar to be a Bluegrass instrument it does add a nice touch to these tracks. Overall Lefty’s Old Guitar is a truly great album that I believe will take its place among the classics. Leave your thoughts about this recording in the comments!

Lefty’s Old Guitar Live

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