VARIOUS ARTISTS, “Ray Edwards: Portrait of a Bluegrass Songwriter,” Rural Rhythm. 12 tracks.
Ray Edwards might not be a household name. But he’s been working in bluegrass and country music for more than three decades and his songs have been recorded by artists including George Jones and Tom T. Hall.
Last year, Rural Rhythm Records’ new Sage Brush Music label released an album of 12 songs written or co-written by Edwards.
Edwards and his band, Hard Rock Mountain, perform three of the tracks. But several other bands are also featured on the tribute album.
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out recorded Edwards’ “Hard Rock Mountain Prison (Til I Die)” in 2009 and took it to the top of the bluegrass charts.
All the other songs are new.
One of them, “My Name Is Jimmy Martin (Do You Remember Me?),” is No. 23 on the Bluegrass Unlimited singles chart in January.
Edwards and his band are joined by Marty Raybon, Darrell Webb, Lou Reid and Russell Moore on the song.
“When All The Love We Have Is Gone,” an uptempo song about an unfaithful lover, is performed by the Darrell Webb Band.
Monroeville performs “Heartbreak Hall of Fame.”
Carolina Road does “I’ll Be Over You.”
Nu-Blu takes on “Blue Ridge Mountain Snow.”
Jeanette Williams sings “Blue Ridge Blue.”
Grasstowne performs “Old Steamboats and Trains.”
Special Consensus does the hard-driving “Gettin’ Me Some Gone.”
And Keith Pyrtle and Edwards sing “Will I Stand On the Rock of Ages,” an uptempo gospel number.
Edwards and his band also do “Where My Darlin’ Waits For Me” and “Windy Ridge.”
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