Ken Tucker
May 10, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Lost in Lonesome Pines

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Jim Lauderdale, Ralph Stanley
Producers
BMG
genre
Country

We gave it an A-

Jim Lauderdale, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys Lost in the Lonesome Pines (Dualtone) On his own, Lauderdale cranks out another CD of tuneful twang too good to pass as the Nashville product it will become when bigger yet lesser stars inevitably cover its songs. (A hit in a better world: ”There and Back Again.”) Then, harmonizing with seventysomething bluegrass hero Stanley (and writing a couple with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter), Lauderdale skirts the doom-laden mood of old Stanley Brothers records in favor of a lovely lyricism of romantic comfort and a pro’s playfulness. (A hit in a better world: ”Quit That.”) Both: A-

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