Although it is known as a genre filled with sad and lonely songs – “plumb pitoyable” is a phrase often heard – it is nonetheless true that bluegrass music, like classic country, also has room for. the ironic, self-deprecating song about lost love. . And when an artist like the winner Lonely river strip grabs a skillfully written song from the pen of a favorite writer, what comes out is a song that can bring a sad smile to a listener’s face, even if their foot gives way at an irresistibly well-being beat .
Written by Adam Wright, who has found similar favor with Country, American and Bluegrass artists and audiences, “Love Songs” portrays a frustrated songwriter who just can’t write the joyous love songs the market demands. – because, as the eminently catchy chorus notes, “They say write in what you know / And all I really know is loss and going and the left.” Sung by Lonesome River Band guitarist Brandon Rickman, who perfectly captures the vibe of melancholy resignation, it’s a fun slice of humor that nonetheless works on multiple levels and rings true to everyone.
“’Love Songs’ is another great song written by our friend Adam Wright,” said band leader Sammy Shelor. “It tells the story of a songwriter who has had bad experiences with love and can’t find a way to be positive about it. Adam adds a comedic touch to selling sad songs, and Brandon portrays it in his own unique way. “
Yet, as clever as the song itself is, it is ultimately the fluid but catchy recording of the quintet that makes “Love Songs” such a satisfying record. From the instantly recognizable banjo kick off from Shelor – recipient of the Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Bluegrass and Banjo and multi-year recipient of the International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year – to the vivid solos and energetic mandolinist Jesse Smathers and veteran violinist Mike Hartgrove, and a strong but refined vocal trio of Rickman, Smathers and bassist Barry Reed, this is Lonesome River Band at its best, surrounding the melody and lyrics of a song. well written with its signature blend of power and finesse.
Remarkably, this is a group that is approaching the 40th anniversary of its founding and the 30th anniversary of its groundbreaking Carrying The Tradition, a project that has catapulted LRB into the ranks of the most influential groups in the history of the bluegrass music. Today, one listen to “Love Songs” is enough to tell every listener that this is a band that does not want to rest on its laurels – and that there is still a lot of music to come. .
Listen to “The Love Songs” HERE.