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Part of a Story

by Good Ol' Persons

Among the first bluegrass bands to feature the songwriting, lead playing, and vocal harmonies of women, trendsetters in the incorporation of Latin, swing, and folk musics, with dazzling playing, passionate singing, and some really good ol' songs.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Broken Hearted Lover
2:54 $0.99
2. Easy Substitute
4:18 $0.99
3. My My My
2:45 $0.99
4. I Don't Hurt Anymore
3:27 $0.99
5. Center of the World
1:26 $0.99
6. Grey Eagle
4:03 $0.99
7. It's Gonna Rain
2:13 $0.99
8. You're a Flower
2:51 $0.99
9. Crossing the Cumberlands
4:10 $0.99
10. It Seems There's Nothing I Can Do
3:11 $0.99
11. This Young Boy
3:08 $0.99
12. Part of a Story
3:49 $0.99
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Album Notes
"A fine set of deft picking and some of the smoothest vocal harmonies I've heard in bluegrass.”
- Country Music Journal review of Part Of A Story

Originally released in 1986, the title song is one of Kathy's best-loved compositions, and is one of her five originals (also including "Easy Substitute" and "Center Of the World") on the album. Also notable: Sally leading the band through Bill Monroe’s “Crossing the Cumberlands,” Paul and John tearing up “Grey Eagle,” and memorable covers of the Delmore Brothers’ “Broken Hearted Lover” and Rich Wilbur’s”My, My, My.” The band is smokin' throughout! 1986 release on Kaleidoscope Records; reissued in 1995 on Flat Rock Records.

"When it comes to bluegrass, it doesn't get much better than this."
- Relix Magazine overview of the Good Ol' Persons

The Good Ol' Persons were formed in 1975 as a result of the success of five women performing at a Freight & Salvage (Berkeley, CA) open mic. The name filled a spur-of-the-moment need and provided a wry comment on the dominant bluegrass culture of the era. It didn't take long for a band to form, for men to infiltrate -- and for the music to become more important than a gimmicky name.

The Good Ol' Persons were among the first bluegrass bands to feature the songwriting, lead playing, and vocal harmonies of women, and went on to be trendsetters in the incorporation of Latin, swing, folk, Cajun, and other musical genres into their bluegrass. The band released several albums, toured throughout the US (including Bill Monroe's Beanblossom Festival) and Europe, and had a profound influence on several generations of bluegrassers.

Since the band’s demise in 1995, its members have continued to enjoy successful musical careers (as well as occasional GOP reunions). Kathy, Sally, and John are Grammy and IBMA award winners, Kathy and Paul were awarded Lifetime Memberships by the California Bluegrass Association, and all are outstanding performers, composers, producers, bandleaders, and teachers.

"Kallick is simply a great lead singer, with a voice that vividly expresses with power and clarity whatever emotions a lyric was meant to convey. [She also] displays her knack for writing burning bluegrass songs in a classic mode.”
- Bluegrass Unlimited review of “Good N’ Live"

Kathy Kallick (guitar, vocals) leads The Kathy Kallick Band, has released numerous albums (always placing highly in the national bluegrass charts) filled with her extraordinary compositions, and continues to tour widely.

John Reischman (mandolin, vocals) also leads a band (The Jaybirds), also has released numerous recordings featuring his remarkable tunes, and tours widely.

Sally Van Meter (dobro, vocals) has been a member of the bands of Hillman & Pedersen, Led Kaapana, and Jorma Kaukonen, and performed/recorded with everyone from Jerry Garcia to Mary Chapin-Carpenter to the Nashville Bluegrass Band to Leftover Salmon.

After playing for many years with Lost Highway, Paul Shelasky (fiddle, vocals) is currently a member of two outstanding SF Bay Area bands (Blue & Lonesome and The David Thom Band), and about to release his second album of fiddle tunes.

"This is a gem of an album, full of lyrical truth and simple beauty.”
- Calendar Magazine review of Part Of A Story

Good Ol' Persons discography:

Good N' Live (Sugar Hill/1995)
The Bluegrass Suspects (Kaleidoscope/1990 – out of print)
*Anywhere the Wind Blows (Flat Rock/1989)
*Part Of A Story (Flat Rock/1986)
*I Can't Stand To Ramble (Flat Rock/1983)
*Good Ol' Persons (Bay/1977)

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