Alan Laney | Livin On The Edge

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Livin On The Edge

by Alan Laney

An all original combination of traditional and progressive bluegrass, with an exceptional vocal style, accompanied by some of the best musicians bluegrass has to offer.
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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1. Livin' On The Edge
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2. Blueridge Mountain Range
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3. Emmaline
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4. Flower in The Desert
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5. Georgia Peaches
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6. Hand of The Highest Power
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7. Mr. Fireman
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8. Smokey Mountain Girl
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9. When The Walls Come Tumblin' Down
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10. When I Get Wings
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11. Ain't No Use
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12. Little Place Back in The Hills
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Album Notes
Alan Laney is no stranger to the Country and Bluegrass music community. Most people know him as a singer/songwriter. He had songs recorded by both Country and Bluegrass artists such as Charlie Louvin, Joe Diffie, Kix Brooks, Shania Twain, Brad Martin, Rosie Flores, Chad Austin, Seldom Scene, Tim Graves and Cherokee, James Monroe,The Special Consensus, and others. He has also given performances in 3 made for TV movies.

Alan has recorded his projects with many well known musician and producers (to include Don Gant, Garth Fundis, Bernie Leadon and Carl Jackson), as well as having catalogs with publishers such as Horipro Ent., High Seas Music, BMG Music, Three Sons Music Group., Tri-Moon Music, Bill Lowry Music Group, and Acuff Rose Publishing throughout his career. His roots, however, trace back to the hills of East Tennessee, where during and after his high school years he sang and played with Country and Bluegrass bands until heading off to college. He spent time in the U.S. Army, a few years in the cattle business, and brief stints in and out of bands and studios in between until eventually settling down in Nashville to focus on his love for songwriting.


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excellent cd would recommed to any bluegrass lover

Joe Ross

Acoustic Americana from a talented Nashville picker, singer, & songwriter
Total Playing Time - 36:07 -- Alan Laney's bluegrass roots go back to bands he played in during his high school days in the hills of east Tennessee. After college, a stint in the army, a few years in the cattle business, and some band work, he eventually settled in Nashville to focus on songwriting. Laney's proficient country music craftsmanship got his songs recorded by the likes of Charlie Louvin, Joe Diffie, Kix Brooks, and Shania Twain. His songs have also been picked up by the Seldom Scene, Tim Graves and Cherokee, James Monroe and The Special Consensus. On this project, nine of the twelve songs were written or co-written by Laney. Two of his songwriting collaborators (Carl Jackson and Bill C.Graham) also appear on this album. Jackson plays lead guitar, banjo and sings harmony on seven cuts. Graham plays fiddle on seven songs. Other musicians include Randy Kohrs (resophonic guitar, Weisenborn guitar, harmony vocals), Jon Randall (rhythm guitar), Jenee Keener (fiddle on 4 cuts), Larry Paxton (bass), and Lona Heins (harmony vocals on five cuts). Besides composing, Laney is also a solid mandolin player.

The album's title cut kicks off with a punch, and offers a reflective treatise about life -- at least you'll know where the edge is as a result of wild and free living. "Blueridge Mountain Range" and "Smoky Mountain Girl" are beautiful ballads that interweave instrumental fills with stories of a heart that longs for places and love left behind. Alan Laney, the storyteller, treats us with "Emmaline," a hard-hitting and eery tale of how a coal-truck driver finds a unique way to dispose of his burdens. The uptempo gospel offering, "The Hand of a Higher Power" features a four-part chorus and some hot fingerpicking from Carl Jackson. "Mr. Fireman" illustrates how a contemporary bluegrass train song ought to sound today. A different cast of supporting musicians back up Laney on "A Little Place Back in the Hills," a nostalgic recollection of his home in the hills of Tennessee.

While Alan Laney may be best known for his songwriting, this acoustic/bluegrass collection shows that he's also a fine singer and picker. His pleasant and smooth vocal delivery indicates that Laney is equally comfortable with acoustic country and bluegrass music. He's assembled some good Nashville musicians for this project that showcase his many musical skills. "Livin on the Edge" will be very well received on the Americana market. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)