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Album Review

Vocalist Charlie Sizemore, known not only for his solo efforts but for his work with Ralph Stanley, puts his bluegrass polish on the songs of Tom T. Hall on this release. He adds a heart-piercing, emotional spin to a lot of the tracks, as his expressive singing is a far cry from Hall's less-emotive style. Hall even makes a cameo appearance here, as does Kathy Mattea (on "I Flew Over Our House Last Night") and the Oak Ridge Boys (on "Me and Jesus"). Sizemore's boss, Ralph Stanley, even adds his distinctive high-lonesome harmony to "I'll Never Do Better Than You." Since breaking out on his own, Sizemore has made a habit out of releasing fine country/bluegrass albums with a host of top-notch visitors. This tribute to Tom T. Hall is no exception.

Biography

Born: Magoffin County, KY

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Bluegrass singer, songwriter, and guitarist Charlie Sizemore was raised in the Magoffin County region of eastern Kentucky in a family where both his father and grandfather were banjo players, and he understandably grew up fascinated by mountain music and bluegrass. Sizemore's first instrument was the fiddle, which he began playing at the age of six, and by his teens he was good enough on guitar to play with local favorite Lum Patton and to tour with the Goins Brothers Band. He was 16 when he replaced...
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