There is a concept--or at least a theme--behind Lonelyville: all the songs are in one way or another about loneliness, and most contain the word "lonely" or some variation thereof. "Have You Ever Been Lonely," "Lonely Street," "Oh Lonesome Me," and "Seven Lonely Days" are obvious choices once the idea presents itself, but Dudley himself contributes "Lonely Corner," and Tom T. Hall's name appears on four others (the only ones, incidentally, that don't contain the magic word, suggesting that they weren't made to order for the album). The songs are slow and somber--quite a departure from the good-time trucking songs for which Dudley is remembered. The title track was a respectable hit, showing that Dudley could attempt other kinds of material and performing styles (ballad singing in particular) without completely losing his audience.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Adams