Lonesome Pine Fiddlers

14 Mountain Songs Featuring 5-String Banjo

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14 Mountain Songs Featuring 5-String Banjo, a nice, solid recording of mostly mid-tempo numbers, was among the first full-length albums cut by Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, who, although active performing as far back as 1938, didn't start recording until the mid-'50s. Fiddler Ray Cline is sometimes the soaring voice that brings the group's music to life; at other times it is the comforting, captivating rhythm they bring to material such as the corny "Eatin' Out of Your Hand." Membership changed quite a lot over the years with this group; for this album there are the two sets of brothers Cline and Goins, and it seems to be a pretty good match-up of talents. Despite the prestige of liner notes by bluegrass messiah Bill Monroe, the packaging sets new lows even for the ultra-cheap Starday folks. The front cover is pasted on the back by mistake, the songs titles are printed in a nearly illegible bright yellow typeface, and "High Fidelity" is printed in type five times the size of the group's name. And the album's title must have been designed to attract accountants.

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