Lorraine and Eddy Raven making "I Got Mexico" video
Lorraine and band with The Kentucky Headhunters
Lorraine and Jim Ed Brown doing vocals on "You Can Have Her".
Lorraine with John Conlee in studio
Lorraine and Lee Greenwood after
Lorraine listening to Marty sing his lines
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Here is a new venture into bluegrass music by well know country music stalwart TG Sheppard. According to his website he has always had an unstoppable passion……..
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Bluegrass crowd favorites Lorraine Jordan & Carolina have turned a lot of heads with their latest project, Country Grass. The band continues to leave their mark on…………
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Bluegrass crowd favorites Lorraine Jordan & Carolina have turned a lot of heads with their latest project,……………
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Lorraine Jordan has dropped another music video from her current Country Grass project, this time featuring country hitmaker T.G. Sheppard……..
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Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road with John Conlee – Common Man ……
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Crowd favorites Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road continue to bring their hard-driving bluegrass sound to audiences nationwide with their new music video for “Common Man,” featuring……
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Kentucky country music fans will enjoy this latest collaboration of John Conlee along with Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road. For Lorraine’s latest project………
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Country Music’s T.G. Sheppard who charted no less than 43 Billboard hits with 29 landing in the top ten and 14 scoring at the top of the charts has lent his star power to help Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road with a bluegrass remake of………
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“Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road have the best live show for bluegrass on stage
right now. The smoothest vocals, the tighest instruments and the most entertaining
stage show. They do all this and keep it traditional with a fresh approach.”
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As songwriter and performer, Louisiana-born Eddy Raven (Futch on his birth certificate) has recorded in a variety of styles over the course of his long life. He is best known, though, for a string of country hits in the 1980s. In those days I was listening to country radio — it still had something to offer the discerning listener — and just about every Raven release was a treat. The songs were solid, and his easy baritone, adept at telling ordinary-guy stories, was always welcome in the ear.
On All Grassed Up he has what — as far as I know — is his first bluegrass release. I confess I had never thought of “Eddy Raven” and “bluegrass” at the same moment or (till now) placed them in the same sentence. I certainly would not have associated him with Lorraine Jordan’s excellent trad-grass outfit, Carolina Road (see my review in this space on 31 August 2013). It proves a happy pairing, this marriage of Raven’s country soul and Carolina Road’s bluegrass muscle.
This sort of thing doesn’t always work, however logical it may seem on paper. A genre with its own requirements, bluegrass is not really a form of country but an entity onto itself. Often, even listenable would-be ‘grass outings by seasoned honkytonkers (e.g., Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson) turn out to be neither fish nor fowl, but more like hybrid curiosities.
Make no mistake: this is bluegrass of a high order. If the opener and title tune, a Raven original (with David Stewart), is any clue, Raven knows the music. He name-drops Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, the Osborne Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs and Ricky Skaggs. Of course, anybody can have heard of these giants. The proof is in the doing, and Raven does it as if he’s been doing it forever.
It helps that the songs, mostly Raven’s (sometimes co-written), are consistently worthy, more so than on a typical bluegrass disc, on which too much material can feel like little more than an exercise in picking and harmonizing. Those who know Raven’s work will recognize old friends decked out in grassy duds, notably “Good Morning, Country Rain,” “Who Do You Know in California,” “I Should Have Called” and “I Got Mexico.” The one cut to step outside a strict bluegrass format, the folkish “Island,” draws Kenneth Barrier’s Hawaiian lap steel into a memorably lovely arrangement.
Let me put it this way: I’m already hoping for a sequel. – Ethan Burkhardt