J. D. Crowe and The New South with Keith Whitley
  • I'll Be Your Stepping Stone (3:43)(Featured APD Showcase Vol 4 Track)
  • My Home Ain't In the Hall of Fame
  • She's Gone, Gone, Gone
  • Railroad Lady
  • Sin City
  • Will You Be Lonesome Too?
  • Lady
  • Showboat Gambler
  • Tennessee Blues
  • My Window Faces the South
  • I'll Be Your Stepping Stone (3:43)(Featured APD Showcase Vol 4 Track)
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (03:43) [8.51 MB]
  • My Home Ain't In the Hall of Fame
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (03:39) [8.37 MB]
  • She's Gone, Gone, Gone
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:36) [5.95 MB]
  • Railroad Lady
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:55) [6.69 MB]
  • Sin City
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (03:15) [7.46 MB]
  • Will You Be Lonesome Too?
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:58) [6.81 MB]
  • Lady
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (03:18) [7.56 MB]
  • Showboat Gambler
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:39) [6.07 MB]
  • Tennessee Blues
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (04:06) [9.38 MB]
  • My Window Faces the South
    Genre: Country
    MP3 (02:53) [6.61 MB]
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Biography

For more information:
Ashley Moyer
amoyer@rounder.com

Rounder Records

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Band
J.D. Crowe: Banjo, Baritone (Vocal), Mixing, Performer, Primary Artist
Jerry Douglas: Dobro
Tony Rice: Guitar
Bobby Slone: Fiddle
Keith Whitley: Guitar, Vocals
Doug Jernigan: Dobro, Steel Guitar
Jimmy Gaudreau: Mandolin, Tenor Vocal
Steve Bryant: Bass
Bill Asham: Drums
Jimmy Ashby: Drums

J.D. Crowe and The New South with Keith Whitley

In the late '70s, banjo virtuoso and bandleader J.D. Crowe was one of several forward-looking bluegrass artists looking to expand the music's stylistic boundaries. Bands like the Country Gentlemen and the Seldom Scene did so by taking rock & roll songs and giving them relatively traditional bluegrass settings; Crowe's approach, at least temporarily, was to bring steel guitar, electric bass, and drums to bear on bluegrass material. The resulting sound on this 1978 recording was completely different from most of what was then being called "progressive bluegrass," and in fact, to call this album "progressive bluegrass" would be rather misleading.

Basically, this is a honky tonk album with a banjo and a few bluegrass numbers thrown in. On "(I'll Be Your) Stepping Stone," singer Keith Whitley sounds like he's building an altar to George Jones, and the band's version of "Lady" sounds like a Bellamy Brothers outtake. Even the relatively straightforward bluegrass number "She's Gone, Gone, Gone" and the heavily bluegrassified arrangement of the old Flying Burrito Brothers number "Sin City" prominently feature pedal steel and drums. None of this is a criticism; in fact, many of these arrangements work beautifully, and the combination of Crowe's brilliant banjo picking (listen to his backup work on "Will You Be Lonesome Too?") and Whitley's even more brilliant singing is pretty much unbeatable. But bluegrass purists should consider themselves duly warned.
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  • Members:
    Rickey Wasson, Dwight McCall, John Bowman, Steve Thomas
  • Sounds Like:
    Jerry Douglas, Tony Rice, Ricky Skaggs
  • Influences:
    Rodney Crowell, Gordon Lightfoot, Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson
  • AirPlay Direct Member Since:
    06/29/17
  • Profile Last Updated:
    11/01/19 18:41:00
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