Former Clinch Mountain Boy Charlie Sizemore signs with Rounder Records
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Former Clinch Mountain Boy Charlie Sizemore signs with Rounder Records

Wednesday, June 13, 2007 – Charlie Sizemore, a long-time member of Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys, inked a record deal with Rounder Records with an album due in August.

"Good News," Sizemore's first new studio album in five years, drops Aug. 4. The disc was produced by Sizemore and acclaimed country producer/songwriter Buddy Cannon (Kenny Chesney, George Jones, Reba McEntire).

A songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Stanley, Jimmy Martin, Doyle Lawson and Dry Branch Fire Squad, Sizemore contributes four new originals, including the tongue-and-cheek "Alison's Band" reflecting Sizemore's dry sense of humor fans have to come to love. Other cuts include songs by Dixie and Tom T. Hall, Harley Allen and Hank Cochran.

A native of eastern Kentucky, Sizemore was hired at age 17 to take over for the departing Keith Whitley in Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys, with whom he stayed for 9 years before leaving to start his own band and to attend college. He graduated with honors, and now maintains a successful law practice in addition to doing music.

Stanley said, "Charlie Sizemore gave me nine and a half years of honest and dependable service as lead singer in the late '70s and early '80s. He was one of my top lead singers that I have had through the years. Charlie knows music and knows how to make it right."

Since leaving Stanley 20 years ago, Sizemore has appeared on two Grammy nominated albums (Stanley's "Saturday Night & Sunday Morning" and "The Stanley Tradition: Tribute to a Bluegrass Legacy") and received a Dove award nomination (for a track from 2002's "The Story Is...The Songs of Tom T. Hall").

The Charlie Sizemore Band is currently on tour and will perform at the 2007 I.B.M.A. World of Bluegrass Conference this fall. The band consists of Sizemore (lead vocals, guitar), Danny Barnes (mandolin, vocals), Matt DeSpain (Dobro), John Pennell (bass) and Wayne Fields (banjo).

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CD review - Heartache Looking for a Home From start to finish, Charlie Sizemore's "Heartache Looking for a Home" is a potent bluegrass album. With a voice that would be equally effective in country music, Sizemore is very much the Vern Gosdin of the bluegrass world: a favorite of fellow singers and instrumentalists, he is seemingly underappreciated by the masses. Recording with his touring band - bluegrass Danny Barnes (mandolin, clawhammer banjo), Matt DeSpain (Dobro), Josh McMurray (banjo) and John Pennell (bass) - ...
CD review - Good News Though an alumnus of Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys as lead singer for the better part of a decade, Charlie Sizemore does not confine his repertoire solely to a mountain or high lonesome sound. While this recording is assuredly bluegrass, it also toggles back and forth with classic sounding country tunes, such as "I Won't Be Far From Here" or "Blame It On Vern." Sizemore delivers convincingly. In reality a successful attorney, one would swear he'd ...
Tom T. Hall has been one of country music's most prolific songwriters for more than 30 years. Known for his love of bluegrass, many of his recordings of his own songs included dobro and banjo in their arrangements. His songs have always translated well into the bluegrass genre. In recent years, many have been recorded by bluegrass artists. It's no surprise then that a bluegrass artist would record an all-Tom T. Hall album. Sizemore, best know for his years in Ralph Stanley's band, has recorded ...

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