The Long And Lonesome Letting Go
Jim Lauderdale has earned his reputation as the consummate collaborator over the course of his career and his latest collaboration with bluegrass powerhouse The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys (PRB) banks as one of his best in his extensive 36 album discography. The album is one of the best traditional bluegrass albums I have heard in a long time. It is a delightful blend of traditional country and bluegrass music. The album opens with the title track with Del McCoury guesting and his voice blends seamlessly with Lauderdale’s while PRB lays down rock solid background that hits all the right notes.
The album includes a classic duet on a cheating number called… “ I’m Only So Good At Being Good” with PRB’s fiery fiddler Laura Orshaw, adds beautiful heartfelt harmonies. Each of the album’s 12 songs was co-written by Lauderdale with PRB’s guitarist Josh Rinkel adding his writing talents on six of the songs. One highlight of the album is “Ghost Of A Rose” which has all the sounds of a classic. It tells the story of a man whose love has moved on. PRB provides moving harmonies and perfect accompaniment to this song of heartbreak.
Throughout the album, Lauderdale and PRB demonstrate mastery of their respective instruments. The banjo, fiddle, and mandolin solos are executed with precision and flair, adding depth and texture to each song. The musicianship is truly top-notch and it’s clear that these artists have a deep love and respect for the traditions of country and bluegrass music.
Another standout track on the album is “When Carolina Comes Home Again,” a beautiful ballad that showcases Lauderdale’s soulful vocals and the band’s tight harmonies. The lyrics paint a vivid picture of longing for home and the emotions are palpable in every note. It’s a song that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt a deep connection to their roots. The album closes out with a smoking number aptly called “Drop The Hammer Down” and that’s exactly what the group does. C.J. Lewandowski, PRB’s mandolin player lays down his best Bill Monroe and Jereme Brown adds fuel to the fire with his incendiary banjo with bassist Jasper Lorentzen doing what he does best… holding it all down.
Overall, the new Jim Lauderdale and PBR album is a must-listen for fans of traditional country and bluegrass music. With its stellar musicianship, heartfelt performances, and well-crafted songs, it’s a testament to the enduring power of these genres. Whether you’re a longtime fan or new to their music, this album is sure to leave a lasting impression.