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Larry Richardson & Blue Ridge Boys[CD]
REVIEWS: 'Larry Richardson, who passed away this year at the age of 80, was one of the premier banjo pickers and singers of the early years of Bluegrass. Learning the style in the 1940s, he was one of the founding members of the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers and played banjo for Bill Monroe in 1951-1952. He also played with Carl Sauceman and made a classic 78rpm record with old-time banjo picker Happy Smith before starting his own band. From the mid 1950s to the late 1960s his band was a regular winner at the big Fiddler's contests in Virginia and North Carolina, and he and his band were one of the first Bluegrass groups to secure a regular television show (over a station in Winston-Salem, N.C.). He later became a banjo picking evangelist based in Florida in a new career that lasted over 25 years. This disc is a re-issue of the very first Bluegrass LP to come out on the David Freeman's County label (in 1965), and it contains fine, vibrant traditional Bluegrass with a solid band that included the great fiddler Buddy Pendleton and Ronnie Prevette on mandolin (he later was a member of Jimmy Martin's Sunny Mountain Boys.) The final six tracks showcase Buddy Pendleton's powerful and imaginative fiddling. Buddy also played with Bill Monroe. His banjo player is another gifted musician, Jimmy Arnold.' Dave Freeman, County Sales ' If your tastes run to great traditional hard driving bluegrass music that will keep you on the edge of your seat then this project should be at the top of your list. This superb collection of songs from several 1965 releases incorporated with a 1971 session will keep you coming back for more. The pairing of master banjo player, vocalist, & guitarist, Larry Richardson with extraordinary fiddler Buddy Pendleton keeps you mesmerized the entire time this project is playing. The way this band plays music it has that certain something that is missing from the bands of today. The song selection is top notch, again the musical capability of this band cannot be touched!! I have played this project 10x & I am finding new and different things each time I play it...A must for hard core bluegrass fans & novices alike. On a scale of 1 to 10, this is a sure fire 14!! It can't be touched!' Al Shusterman, KCBL Radio, BACKROADS BLUEGRASS, Fair Oaks, CA.
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