CHARLIE SIZEMORE, “Heartache Looking for a Home,” Rounder. 14 tracks.

There is a growing subgenre in bluegrass and country music today that blends traditional country music with traditional bluegrass in a sound that fans of both can enjoy.

And nobody does it better than Charlie Sizemore.

Sizemore is 50 now, his voice honed to perfection with decades of singing behind him.

He was a 16 when he replaced Keith Whitley in Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys in 1977; 25 when he struck out on his own.

Sizemore headed for college in 1986 and became a lawyer, playing bluegrass on the side for years.

In the mid-1990s, he stopped performing to concentrate on his law practice.

But in 2002. Sizemore returned to bluegrass in a big way with “The Story is…The Songs of Tom T. Hall,” followed by the critically acclaimed “Good News” in 2007.

“Heartache Looking for a Home” is just as strong as the last two albums.

It kicks off with the hard-driving “Down in the Quarter,” a song about a wealthy man who’d give it all just to be back with the woman in loves in New Orleans.

Ralph Stanley joins Sizemore on “Red Wicked Wine,” a song that Sizemore first recorded in his Clinch Mountain Boys days.

“No Lawyers in Heaven” is a comic look at lawyers. And “Ashley Judd” is comic song that finds a man in love with a woman he knows he can’t have. Think of it as a sequel to “Alison’s Band,” Sizemore’s song about a picker with a crush on Alison Krauss.

Trivia note: Judd and Sizemore were students at the University of Kentucky at the same time.

“Feelin’ Like El Paso,” one of the best songs on the album, was written by John Pennell, Sizemore’s bassist. It finds a woman coming home from Hollywood to the cowboy she loves.

“Walking The Floor Over Me” is an old Alan Jackson song and “I Don’t Remember Loving You” was a 1982 hit for John Conlee. But Sizemore makes it sound sadder.

“Pay No Attention To Alice” is a Tom T. Hall song that’s described as two old drunks sitting around talking about a third.

The only bad thing about “Heartache Looking for a Home” is it will probably be another three years before the next Charlie Sizemore album.

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One Comment on “CHARLIE SIZEMORE, “Heartache Looking for a Home,” Rounder. 14 tracks.”

  1. Ron Moores Says:

    Charlie Sizemore is not only one of the most under rated vocal stylists of our time, he is also a fine gentleman in an era when these are disappearing.

    Ron Moores
    Host, The Back 40
    CKCU 93.1 FM
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

    Host, Sounds Atlantic
    Valley Heritage Radio
    CJHR 98.7 FM, Renfrew, Ontario

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