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Old Lonesome Sounds

by The Ball Sisters Band

Bluegrass and acoustic Appalachian music.
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1. Old Lonesome Sounds
3:53 $0.99
2. Dusty Miller
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3. Only Him or Me
2:32 $0.99
4. Lonesome Moonlight Waltz
3:45 $0.99
5. A Daddy's Love
3:31 $0.99
6. Ragtime Annie
1:46 $0.99
7. Roses and Rust
2:53 $0.99
8. Never Say Goodbye
2:35 $0.99
9. Let the Heartache Start
3:18 $0.99
10. Hotel California
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11. The One Thing That is True
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Old Lonesome Sounds

With the 2007 release of Old Lonesome Sounds, The Ball Sisters Band continues to expand there musical experience. Jessica and Cris are both now in the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Program. Randy was selected to be in the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2004 Songwriters Showcase. John is as steady as always on bass. Supporting are special guests Audey Ratliff and James Alan Shelton. Five of the eleven songs are originals. Two traditional fiddle songs are included, along with a special version of Lonesome Moonlight Waltz dedicated to “Tater” Tate, one of Jessica’s fiddle instructors. Another special selection is Townes Van Zandt’s Only Him or Me. It was a privilege to record the Kim Williams/Larry Shell/Tim Stafford ballad, Roses and Rust.

Tim Stafford of Blue Highway says,” I expect you’ll hear more from the members of this group down the road!”

Jeanene Van Zandt says, “Townes would have Loved you guys!”



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Xavier P. for RadioIndy

Excellent bluegrass CD. Pick up a copy today!
“Old Lonesome Sounds” by The Ball Sisters Band is a soothing collection of classic bluegrass tunes. With the addition of five original songs, this albums displays the ability of The Ball Sisters Band to both skillfully cover classics and create their own memorable compositions. Amazing instrumentation is undeniable on this record, as the peaceful sounds of the violin and acoustic guitar gracefully complete songs like “Lonesome Moonlight Waltz” and “A Daddy’s Love.” Another strong element of “Old Lonesome Sounds” is the passionate vocals that are sure to stir up deep emotions. Furthermore, the production of this record finds the perfect balance between instruments and voices, allowing both the leading musical riffs and melodies to share the center-stage. All in all, this collection is sure to impress lovers of bluegrass music.

Joe Ross

Down-home family entertainment
Playing Time – 34:00 -- From Rogersville in the hills of East Tennessee, The Ball Sisters Band began playing as a trio in 1988 with Jessica Ball (fiddle, vocals), her sister Cris (mandolin, guitar, vocals), and their father Randy Ball (guitar, vocals). Ever since the kids were just knee high to grasshoppers, the family has made music together as a creative, entertaining and educational outlet. John Skelton (bass) joined in mid-1998. With scholarships to East Tennessee State University’s Bluegrass Program, Jessica makes regular appearances with their performing ensemble. She also gives lessons, does studio work, and plays flute. Cris was voted “most talented senior” at her high school where she also sang in high school choir. She plays clarinet, gives lessons, and also attends ETSU’s bluegrass program.

Randy showcased his original songs at the 2004 IBMA Songwriters Showcase, won third place in the 2005 “Workin’ Fools Songwriting Contest,” and has had three of his songs cut by indie artists. Besides the title cut on this album, Randy penned or co-penned A Daddy’s Love, Never Say Goodbye, Let the Heartache Start, and The One Thing That is True. Guest Audey Ratliff (builder of Ratliff Mandolins) sings lead about the never-ending and eternal lasting power of “A Daddy’s Love.” Another guest, James Alan Shelton picks guitar on “Lonesome Moonlight Waltz” and “A Daddy’s Love.” From Kingsport, Tn., he’s a well-known bluegrass musician who has played guitar and sung with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys since 1994. Before that, he performed with The Bluegrass Travelers, Larkin Brothers, Southern Grass, and Flint Hill. Shelton has called the Ball Family “good, down home people…who love what they do!” The band’s devout Christian faith is sweetly expressed in the CD’s original closer, “The One Thing That is True.” Covered songs come from Townes Van Zandt, Larry Shell/Tim Stafford/Kim Williams, The Eagles, and other sources. While liking variety, they respectfully assume a traditional tone reminiscent of the 1930s or 40s on the bonus cut, “Angel Band.” Their strength may be their stripped-down, raw, melancholic approach to music, emphasizing delicate arrangements and presentation over hard drive. Playing and singing with pensive personality and well-mannered attitude, they recreate a type of authentic, rootsy sound heard on the front porches or around the fireplace at Tennessee homesteads many decades ago before radio, rock, rap and reality TV redirected America’s families. Do they sound a bit unrefined and anachronistic? Sure, and that is really much of what creates their alluring charm and piquant 1940s vibe.

The Ball Sisters Band has put out many albums over the years to document each milestone in their continuing development. Many previous Ball Sisters albums have included Jim Bowman, and his banjo would have been a welcome embellishment on many of the songs on “Old Lonesome Sounds.” Their music needs banjo, and it wouldn’t hurt to hear some old-time frailing with some of it. Performing about 100 shows annually at fairs, festivals, restaurants and churches in their region of Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina, The Ball Sisters Band isn’t out to wow us with flashy licks and soaring vocal virtuosity. Their objective is down-home family entertainment that simply emphasizes the calm, untroubled nature of acoustic tradition. Without tricks or gimmickry, arrangements become simple and understated. The Ball Sisters are helping to keep the mountain music tradition alive. As they continue their growth and maturity, we can certainly expect their limpid nature to assume an even greater spiritual and compelling glow. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)