MARTY RAYBON & FULL CIRCLE, “The Back Forty,” Rural Rhythm. 10 tracks.
Marty Raybon cut his teeth on bluegrass music starting in 1974 with his family band, American Bluegrass Express.
So, even though he’s only 53, this is Raybon’s 40th year as a performer.
He moved into country music from 1985 to 1996 with the group Shenandoah and racked up 13 singles that topped the country charts.
After Shenandoah parted ways, Raybon returned to bluegrass and gospel music and quickly became a headliner on the bluegrass circuit.
“The Back Forty,” his latest album, features five songs co-written by Raybon. That’s half of the 10 tracks.
The first single, “That Janie Baker,” which Raybon co-wrote, is a hard-charging salute to a woman who could move mountains.
Raybon’s other numbers include “The Big Burnsville Jail,” another hard-charging song about a man headed to jail and already plotting his escape; “A Little More Sawdust On The Floor,” a ballad that says what the world needs is more sawdust on the floor and more people kicking up their heels; “Only You, Only You,” a ballad that says she’s the only one for him; and “Mountain Love,” a song about a man in love with the girl across the holler.
Other songs include “She’s Just An Old Love Turned Memory,” a 1977 country hit for Charley Pride; and “Slowly (I’m Falling),” a 1954 hit for Webb Pierce.
“Look For Me (For I Will Be There Too)” is a gospel ballad; “The Late Night Cry Of The Whippoorwill” is a high-lonesome song about missing someone; and “Hurt Me All The Time” is an uptempo love song.
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