Cliff Perry and Laurel Bliss | Old Pal

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Old Pal

by Cliff Perry and Laurel Bliss

Old Time Duet singing with guitar and dobro accompaniment
Genre: Country: Old-Timey
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1. My Clinch Mountain Home
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2. Anchored In Love
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3:14 album only
3. Come Spring
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3:56 album only
4. The Sunny Side Of Life
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2:32 album only
5. Old Pal Of Yesterday
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4:16 album only
6. Faded Coat Of Blue
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7. Cowboy Jack
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3:47 album only
8. Over The Garden Wall
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9. Carter's Blues
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10. See That My Grave Is Kept Green
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11. Katie Dear
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12. Winding Stream
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13. Keep On The Sunny Side
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14. My Texas Girl
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Cliff Perry and Laurel Bliss are recognized vertrans in the bluegrass and old-time music community of the Pacific Northwest, respected by their peer and beloved by their fans. Together they formed the heart and soul of Southfork, a legendary Northwest bluegrass band, who performed for almost two decades in Washington, and up and down the West Coast. They began singing as a duet in the late 1980's, making the recording "Old Pal" in 1993. This recording was awarded "Best Old-Time Recording" in 1994 by County Sales of Floyd, Virginia.

On Old Pal,Cliff and Laurel deliver a delightful collection of understated old-time country duets. Although powerfully influenced by the Carter Family, Perry and Bliss have clearly internalized this material. These titles seem much more than songs to the pair. They sing them with the compelling comfortable sincerity of classic country music. Old-time country music encompasses a myriad of styles and Perry and Bliss opt for a quiet, straightforward duet form that, like the Carters' music, suggests an earlier epoch. Their dobro and guitar instrumentation predates the Montroe Brothers inspired mandolin-guitar hegemony and the instruments participate for one basic purpose-to support the vocals.

In his Old-Time Herald Review in 1994/5, Jody Stecher stated "Old Pal is a great album. I am a bit of a hard case and it takes a special combination of sincerity and musical skill to bring both a gleam and a tear to my eye. If you like harmony singing and are more sentimental than I, and most people are, one chorus of "See That My Grave Is Kept Green" should be enough to reduce you to plasma." He goes on to say: "Cliff and Laurel have a special combination, all right. They have their own spin on the music and sound like no one else, not in vocal timbre, style of harmony or enev instrumentation. How many albums of duet singing have you heard where every guitar break was backed exclusively (and beautifully) by rhythm dobro? Their forthright and tuneful singing is decorated in the most beautiful ways imaginable. Ornaments are subtle, delicate, and free from cliche. Marmonies are unexpected and gorgeous. The most predictable thing in their music is the high quality of delivery and of their repertoire. Most of the latter, on this album, anyway, is from the Carter Family but Cliff and Laurel's musical lstyle is not much like the Carters. They each have a distinctly differnt style of singing lead but a similar approach to harmonizing which is as hard to describe as it is to sing. Neither starkly "lonesome" or overtly sweet, nor rustic, nor urbane, it is highly skillful singing. The voices tend to move independently, ornamenting and turning in a non-synchronous way. What I'm trying to say, friends, is they don't wiggle their notes at the same time. Their long resting notes are often harmonized unusually, reating thrilling suspensions, and they come off their final words beautifully. They don't "blend" like the Louvins, but somewhat more like the various Bill Monroe duets of the '50's: two vical patterns interact to make a third pattern".

John Miller describes the music in the liner notes to the album: "music of unusual clarity, both with regard to the directness with which emotions are expressed, and the sheer strength and beauty of the sound."


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Mr LOVAINE DONALDSON

Great sounds
How good is this album? Just take a listen and enjoy these marvelous duets.

Kathleen Rushing

Sweet, sweet album
I love this album, maybe my favorite. Every song is so full of emotion, harmony, beautiful lyrics. A perfect album.

James Buford Poates Quarles

Old Pal
I've loved this record since first getting it in 1996. It is simply beautiful and so tasteful.

Jens Jensen

Old Pal
Hey this is a real difficult review because I am taking a bluegrass course from Mr Perry in Seattle and had no idea of this CD until it was mentioned in class about a Folk song concert and heard about the CD so I googled it.Cliff is a really down to earth as well as a great teacher. Heck Im 64 yrs young and just started singing on account of him.I enjoy Ralph Stanley music along with Jim & Jesse.
I see one problem with the star rating it should go to 10 , so Cliff I will give you all 10's.

JJ 2008

William Woolet

Old Pal
Great old time stuff that is very hard to find. Received the CD in record time.

Roland Berg

Impeccable
I have to go back to Dottie West&Don Gibson in the late sixties to find a male/female duo as good as Bliss&Perry. The performance is flawless and the songs very well selected.

Jim Prange


This is a fantastic CD with many of the old Carter Family songs. This CD is right up there with Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin when it comes to top-quality acoustic music. I would love to hear more.

mred@nac,net

excellent
some old time music & singing at its best