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LARRY EFAW & THE BLUEGRASS MOUNTAINEERS – She Left Me On A Mountain

LARRY EFAW & THE BLUEGRASS MOUNTAINEERS

She Left Me On A Mountain

 

She Left Me Standing On A Mountain – Little
Mountain Home – Eight Steps Toward the Lord – Let The Whole World Talk –
The Beautiful Shore – Silver Bells – Our Darling’s Gone – One Kiss Away
From Loneliness – Waves On The Sea – Will He Wait A Little Longer –
Give Me Time To Think It Over – Sea Of Regret – Broken Heart and A
Worried Mind – Don’t You Call My Name – Old Brown County Barn
 
Just think on this a minute.  Six children, twelve
grand-children, and twelve great-grandchildren.  Just think on this a
minute, this same person was incredibly influenced by Carter Stanley,
Ralph Stanley, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, and of course somewhere in
there Bill Monroe.  We’re talking about the acoustic rhythm guitar
picker in the Bluegrass Mountaineers.  His name?  Beanpole.  Well,
that’s what it used to be when he formed his band at the age of 22. 
Edward Efaw is his real name, and he still loves traveling and playing
bluegrass music as well as composing it.  Joining him is Larry Efaw. 
Hard to say if he’s child or grandchild, but he’s here in fine form, and
takes care of business.  His background is pretty incredible,  He’s
playing mandolin.  Stanley Efaw is Larry’s son.  He plays the fiddle and
sometimes bass.  Joining in is Tom Isaac who is their banjoist; John
Bryan on acoustic guitar; Anthony Prater is the upright bass player, and
keeping everyone in line is Christopher Wilcox, the 8-year old
great-grandson of Edward. Whew, this is a FAMILY bluegrass band, and
they are terrific.  This album was recorded at the Castle Ford Studios
in Boone, NC, and put out by Blue Circle Records, the company founded by
Tom T. Hall and his wife Dixie.  The Bluegrass Mountaineers have
certainly paid their dues, and this particular CD is definitely going to
the Rural Roots Music Commission for their consideration of Bluegrass
CD of the Year.  They make their home in Ohio, but they have traveled
and worked with some of the very best in bluegrass music.  Name droppers
they are not, but let it be known they have worked with some incredible
names including Goldwing Express, Rhonda Vincent, Bill Monroe, Jimmy
Martin, Lewis Family, and Del McCoury to name just a few.  I really like
how they can play a high-powered and high-driving traditional
bluegrass, and then swing into some absolutely beautiful soft sad songs
like “One Kiss Away From Loneliness.”  Mandolin on this one is super. 
Much continued success on the bluegrass circuit for the Bluegrass
Mountaineers.
 
Record Review by Bob Everhart www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine 

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