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We Just Called Him King- New music with James King in mind
Donald Teplyske | May 31, 2017
The Po' Ramblin' Boys have released a song honouring their friend James King, the near-legendary bluegrass vocalist who passed away a year ago. "We Just Called Him King" was written by a life-long friend of King's, Roscoe Morgan, a bluegrass stalwart based in Maryville, TN, and Morgan takes the lead vocal position on this number shining a most positive light on 'The Bluegrass Storyteller.'
The Po' Ramblin' Boys come to this song naturally. They toured with King, and considered him a mentor and friend. The group has been known to perform a tribute set to King during festival appearances.
Emphasizing the more savory aspects of King's troubled life, this is a powerful bluegrass piece and a fitting tribute to King. "Some strife" and a hint toward 'where the money went' are the only allowances made while emphasizing King's ability to feel a song. The song concludes with a creative echo from one of King's signature songs, "Bed By the Window."
"We Just Called Him King" follows The Po' Ramblin' Boys' previous release, a powerful rendition of "Just After the Sun Went Down," a song King made his own on his 2005 album, "The Bluegrass Storyteller." Morgan also appears on this number.
Both songs are available from digital outlets; it took some looking, but I found mine at iTunes.