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Midnight Call

  • 1. Those Gambler's Blues
    2. Midnight Call, The
    3. Carved Our Names in Stone
    4. Blood on My Hands
    5. Dying to Hold Her Again
    6. Muddy Water
    7. What Lays Down the Road
    8. Green Briar River
    9. Green Ivy Vine
    10. Look Out Below
    11. Come in out of the Rain
    12. Little White Cross Out on Highway 13
    13. I've Already Turned That Page
    14. [Untitled Hidden Track] - (hidden track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3958

  • Credits
    ProducerDon Rigsby
    EngineerJan Stolpe

    Personnel includes: Don Rigsby (vocals, guitar, mandolin); Jim Hurst (guitar); Ben Isaacs (bass); Kenny Malone (percussion).
    Recorded at Brickshy Audio, Leipers Fork, Tennessee.
    Personnel: Don Rigsby (vocals, guitar, mandolin); Jerry Salley, Ronnie Bowman (tenor, baritone); Jeff White, Jim Hurst (guitar); Randy Kohrs (slide guitar, resonator guitar); Ron Rigsby, Rob McCoury, Carl Jackson (banjo); Stuart Duncan (violin, fiddle); Glen Duncan , Vassar Clements (fiddle); Kenny Malone (percussion).
    Audio Mixer: Jan Stolpe.
    Editor: Jan Stolpe.
    Photographer: Randy Evans.
    Unknown Contributor Role: Don Rigsby.
    Don Rigsby kicks off The Midnight Call with a gutsy, high-lonesome version of Jimmie Rodgers' "Those Gambler's Blues." His no-holds vocal, backed by a spunky band that includes fiddler Stuart Duncan and slide guitarist Randy Kohrs, just about jumps out of the speakers. The choice of a lesser-known Rodgers piece is also a smart one. If The Midnight Call disappoints at all, it's because most of what follows, as good as it is, fails to match the energy of the opener. The follow-up track, "The Midnight Call," cozies up much closer to contemporary bluegrass, sounding like a country hybrid that's knocked the rougher edges off traditional music. This impression is reinforced with "Carved Our Names in Stone," a song that wouldn't be out of place on country radio or as a CMT video. Rigsby's an intense singer, and this shows through even on a mid-paced ballad like "Blood on My Hands." He delivers each lyric with convincing emotion and his highs are always piercingly clear. In fact, his voice leads back to great tenors like Bill Monroe and Bobby Osborne. Too often, however, he submerges this powerful tool for a more subdued, radio-friendly twang. The Midnight Call will please old Rigsby fans and will undoubtedly receive lots of radio play, but traditional bluegrass fans will be left wishing for more red meat. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford Jr.

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