Charlie Sizemore keeps looking on new CD
Friday, December 10, 2010
– Charlie Sizemore's "Heartache Looking for a Home" will be out Feb. 15. The disc from the bluegrasser is the follow-up to his 2007 Rounder debut, "Good News."
Sizemore, a native of eastern Kentucky, Sizemore was hired at 17 to take over for the departing Keith Whitley in Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys, with whom he stayed for nine years before leaving to start his own band and to attend college Sizemore, who also is a lawyer, has had songs recorded by Ralph Stanley, Jimmy Martin, Doyle Lawson and Dry Branch Fire Squad. He wrote none of the 14 songs on "Heartache..."
Sizemore is joined on this album by his band - banjo player Josh McMurray, resonator guitarist Matt DeSpain, mandolinist Danny Barnes and bassist John Pennell. "It could be my years with Ralph, but I've never thought of us as anything but a traditional bluegrass band."
"I don't want to make the record I made previously. I just try to keep it interesting for me," said Sizemore.
Songs on the CD are:
1. Down in the Quarter 2:14
2. Red Wicked Wine 2:38
3. No Lawyers in Heaven 3:01
4. Heartache Looking for a Home 1:58
5. Feelin' Like El Paso 2:58
6. Slow Goin' 2:36
7. Walking The Floor Over Me 2:22
8. I Don't Remember Loving You 3:39
9. Poor Rambler 3:01
10. Ashley Judd 2:06
11. Fords of Pittman 2:48
12. Pay No Attention to Alice 3:16
13. Going to Georgia 2:03
14. Crossing Over Into the Valley 2:47
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