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Hopes and Dreams

by The Linville Ridge Band

Some folks say this is North Carolina piedmont bluegrass, relying heavily on mandolin and banjo breaks and trio harmonies, but we also include a duet along with dobro and fiddle work and a new flatpick guitar stylist with a modern, rhythm-slamming sound,
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1. I've Lost The Will To Try
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2. River Of Love
2:57 $0.99
3. Spanish Oak
2:16 $0.99
4. When Uncle Came Home From The War
3:46 $0.99
5. The Grave Could Not Hold Him
3:01 $0.99
6. Back To Dixie
2:47 $0.99
7. Lift Him Up
2:54 $0.99
8. Never Again
2:39 $0.99
9. Why He Went To Calvary
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10. Old Joe Clark
3:18 $0.99
11. Time Is A Healer
3:03 $0.99
12. I'd Rather Die Young
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Album Notes
We are honored to be able to present you a new recording of The Linville Ridge Band, titled Hopes and Dreams. As usual, we have included some original songs along with some songs from years past. Bluegrass, both Gospel and secular, presented with a blend of contemporary and traditional styles. Some folks say this is North Carolina piedmont bluegrass, relying heavily on mandolin and banjo breaks and trio harmonies. There are also songs with duets, a bit of fiddle and modern flatpicked guitar. Then, there's dobro or as it is known now, resophonic guitar. Upright bass forms the foundation from which the rest of the instruments spring forth.

Much of the music on this recording draws inspiration from the music of Bill Monroe's band of the mid-forties. We have not tried to emulate or copy Mr. Monroe's songs, but have been influenced by his musical vision. Growing up here in western North Carolina, we have also been influenced by the music of Flatt & Scruggs, The Stanley Brothers and their band mates George and John Shuffler, and other musical heroes, some of whom happen to be neighbors and friends.

David Wiseman has joined The Linville Ridge Band and brings a wealth of mandolin playing and wonderful tenor and lead singing. David sings lead on Pete Goble's "Back to Dixie" and on the song "I'd Rather Die Young." His tenor soars on the remainder of the cuts with the exception of "The Grave Could Not Hold Him" and "When Uncle Came Home From the War." David also does a wonderful job playing fiddle on "Old Joe Clark."

Perry Woodie handles banjo and dobro duties and sings "The Grave Could Not Hold Him," "Never Again," and his own composition, "I've Lost the Will to Try." In choruses of other songs, Perry can be found singing lead or baritone parts, with the exception of "The Grave Could Not Hold Him," where Perry sings the tenor line on the chorus.

Mike Ramsey sings lead on two of his own original songs. "Lift Him Up" is a Gospel tune resurrected from the recordings of Damascus Road. Mike gets to sing a duet with his son, Aaron, on
"When Uncle Came Home From the War." This song tells the story of Mike's great uncle, Louis Ramsey, a World War II veteran, who still resides in Rutherford College, North Carolina.

Aaron Ramsey has moved to the guitar since the last recording of The Linville Ridge Band. His mandolin can be heard on the above mentioned song about Louis Ramsey, along with dobro work, on that song, as well. On this recording, Aaron steps forth to sing lead on three cuts: "Why He Went to Calvary," "Time is a Healer," (both Perry Woodie songs) and a song from the catalog of John Denver, "River of Love." Aaron also contributes baritone parts to most of the rest of the recording.

One highlight for this record is to include our friend, neighbor and hero, Herb Lambert of Glen Alpine, North Carolina. Years ago a couple of young upstarts by the names of Grisman and Bush would pick Herb's brain when they would encounter him at some of the contests held here in North Carolina. Herb has also been a friend and mentor to Dempsey Young of The Lost and Found. We were thrilled to get Herb to help us record the instrumental, "Old Joe Clark." That cut was recorded live into a stereo microphone with no overdubs. It is our hope that, through this recording, others will get to experience and appreciate Herb's continued zeal and excitement for this music as he now approaches his 80th birthday, as well as his abilities on mandolin.



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Joe Ross

A-plenty here to thrill bluegrass audiences
Playing Time – 33:44 -- Together since 2002, The Linville Ridge Band takes their name from a significant geographic landmark near their western North Carolina home which is also known for a rich traditional and bluegrass music heritage. Preserving this heritage is one of the goals of band members Aaron Ramsey (guitar, dobro), David Wiseman (mandolin), Perry Woodie (banjo, dobro), Michael Ramsey (bass). Three of the musicians had previously performed for a decade in the band, Damascus Road Acoustic Gospel. Playing his Lebeda mandolin, Aaron won the 2002 Merlefest mandolin contest.

All four are snazzy pickers who also share the lead vocal responsibilities on 2-3 songs apiece. While none of them have simply killing knockout voices, they capitalize on their individual vocal strengths to arrange each song for maximum benefit. Also, more emotion seems apparent when a songwriter sings his own compositions as Mike Ramsey does on “Life Him Up” and “When Uncle Came Home from the War.” The latter, sung with his son Aaron, is a hard-hitting ballad which tells the story of Mike’s great-uncle returning from World War II with some provocative questions about the sacrifices and value of war. Perry Woodie penned four originals for this project, and he sings lead on the opener “I’ve Lost the Will to Try” which is a good song with the potential to be covered by a national bluegrass act. Woodie’s “Time is a Healer” is a contemporary bluegrass composition with some good insight and advice when loves goes wrong. Woodie also wrote the flashy instrumental “Spanish Oak,” a high-test offering that allows the banjo, mandolin and guitar players plenty of room to demonstrate their adept, nimble-fingered skill. Some of the songs on “Hopes and Dreams” could’ve been embellished with a little hot fiddling, either by Wiseman or a guest artist. They take this approach on “Old Joe Clark” by featuring David’s fiddling, as well as enlisting the support of their friend and octogenarian Herb Lambert on mandolin.

The Linville Ridge Band performs primarily in North Carolina, but they also occasionally travel further afield to appear throughout adjacent southeastern states. With a variety of traditional, contemporary, and Gospel material in their repertoire, the group offers . The album also confirms that bluegrass is deep within their hearts. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

Bluegrass Unlimited

Over the past couple of years, the Linville Ridge Band has evolved into one of the most prolific bluegrass groups in the state of North Carolina, and "Hopes And Dreams" is clearly their best recording effort to date. The band's current lineup includes David Wiseman (mandolin and vocals), Mike Ramsey (bass and vocals), Perry Woodie (banjo, resonator guitar, and vocals), and Aaron Ramsey (guitar and vocals). The Linville Ridge Band has found a comfortable niche that balances both secular and gospel material. The majority of the dozen titles were composed by bandmembers Perry Woodie and Mike Ramsey, including "When Uncle Came Home From The War," "Lift Him Up," "I've Lost The Will To Try," and "Time Is A Healer." There are also impressive versions of Pete Goble's "Back To Dixie," "Never Again," and the instrumental "Old Joe Clark." From just about every aspect, "Hopes And Dreams" amply demonstrates that it could very well be the breakout project for the Linville Ridge Band.