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Our Kind of Country

  • 1. Under Your Spell Again
    2. Wasted Words
    3. Foolin' Around
    4. Voice of My Darling, The
    5. Heartaches by the Number
    6. Heart Over Mind
    7. Lovin' Machine
    8. Same Old Me, The
    9. Til These Dreams Come True
    10. I've Got a New Heartache
    11. End of My Rainbow, The
    12. Invitation to the Blues
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1108

  • Credits
    ProducerJesse McReynolds; Jim McReynolds
    EngineerJohn Nicholson; Ben Surratt

    Personnel: Jesse McReynolds (vocals, mandolin); Jimmy Capps (guitar); Jeff Newman (steel guitar); Little Willie Rainsford (piano); John Gardner (drums).
    Audio Mixers: Jesse McReynolds; Jimmy Tarbutton.
    Liner Note Author: Eddie Stubbs.
    Recording information: Hilltop Studios, Nashville, TN.
    Photographer: Alan Mayor.
    Jim & Jesse McReynolds have always had their own take on the bluegrass tradition. Like their contemporaries the Osborne Brothers, they've always pushed the envelope of the mainstream while never completely losing their aura of old-time traditionalism. This album will change all that. Teaming up with the stage band from the Grand Ole Opry, the McReynolds brothers deliver a program of classic honky tonk country music, complete with steel guitar and Telecaster accompaniment. (Interestingly, the band uses an upright instead of an electric bass -- an ironic twist, given that Jim & Jesse use an electric instrument in their bluegrass ensemble.) The songs are mostly well selected -- there are a couple of great tunes from the Buck Owens catalog ("Foolin' Around," "Til These Dreams Come True"), a Mel Tillis chestnut ("Heart Over Mind"), and others from Roger Miller and Don Gibson, not to mention a few McReynolds originals played in that 1950s country-shuffle style. There's only one misstep (the inexcusably smarmy "Lovin' Machine"); for the most part, this is a completely charming album that may leave hardcore bluegrass fans cold but will appeal greatly to fans of pre-'70s country. ~ Rick Anderson

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