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Three Kinds of Lonesome

by The Missy Werner Band

With one acclaimed album—the Dwight McCall-produced Drifting And Dreaming (2009)—already to her credit, Missy Werner returns, along with her touring band, with a sophomore project that highlights her ear for an outstanding song.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I'd Rather Love A Memory
2:39 $0.99
2. Endlessly (Feat. Frank Solivan)
4:07 $0.99
3. Leaves in the Wind
3:07 $0.99
4. Three Little Words
3:15 $0.99
5. Three Kinds of Lonesome
3:42 $0.99
6. Last Goodbye Today
2:56 $0.99
7. If I Fall
2:39 $0.99
8. Right Here
2:39 $0.99
9. I Like the Country
3:32 $0.99
10. Let It Go
2:41 $0.99
11. Just the Same (Feat. Chris Jones)
2:33 $0.99
12. My First Mistake
3:03 $0.99
13. Blue Skies and Teardrops
3:05 $0.99
14. Journey to My Savior's Side
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Album Notes
These days bluegrass is changing. Seen by outsiders as the quintessential traditional music form, bluegrass has in fact always been about flux and amalgamating genres. One of the more important changes the music has undergone in the last 25 years or so is the emergence of female bandleaders. A movement pioneered by strong women like Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard was mainstreamed by masters like Lynn Morris, Rhonda Vincent and especially Alison Krauss. Now you have to add Missy Werner's name to that list.

I first encountered Missy's music when I was fortunate enough to play on her Drifting And Dreaming project a few years back. I found her singing to be sweet, yet emotional, perfect for a contemporary bluegrass sound. On this recording, she moves front and center as a bandleader and singer, with a fine set of songs and producer Jon Weisberger in the fold. The results are a joy to hear.

I love the chill in her voice in Mark Simos's brilliant "Three Kinds of Lonesome." This is the kind of song made for someone like Missy, the kind of bluegrass made for the 21st century, with interesting structure: cool chords, guts, and lonesome. What a trio...

Many times, regional bluegrass artists hoping to move to a bigger stage will record with a "supergroup" of studio pros, but this sound might be impossible to duplicate live. Promoters will be pleased to know Missy and Jon decided to use her touring band as the core unit on this record, including Jeff Roberts on banjo, Tim Strong on guitar, Artie Werner on the bass, and Missy herself playing mandolin. They provide stout backup for Missy's vocals, which shine throughout, and they’re supported, not overshadowed, by Mike Witcher and Aaron Till's dobro and fiddle. Two guest lead vocalists include Chris Jones on "Just the Same" and Frank Solivan lending his expressive voice to "Endlessly." Jennifer Strickland adds sterling high harmonies, and Ned Luberecki dropped by to tear one up on the banjo for this fine set of contemporary bluegrass.

And it all sounds good, thanks in no small part to Ben Surratt's masterful hand at the board. Weisberger not only co-wrote a good number of the songs here, but his production touch is deft, allowing the band to breathe in a framework dominated by Missy's vocals.

Three Kinds Of Lonesome is a most welcome addition to Missy's body of work, which will hopefully continue to grow and flower in years to come.

- Tim Stafford



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Joe Ross

Enjoyable album full of vigor, sincerity and clarity
People experience many emotions when they’re alone, forlorn or abandoned. From Ohio, Missy Werner and her band have produced a stellar bluegrass album that keeps revisiting the theme from different directions. It’s a common subject in bluegrass music, and songwriters are always trying to find new, fresh outlooks to capture that state of mind and musical mood. The opening cut (“I’d Rather Love a Memory”) tells us that Missy would rather love a memory than to find somebody new. “Endlessly,” a duet with Frank Solivan, promises that she won’t leave him lonely. A duet with Chris Jones, “Just the Same,” tells us that love knows no bounds. Penned by Mark Simos, the title cut reinforces the reality of loneliness (“you’re gone forever”), that you’re no doubt partly to blame (“I let you go”), and questions the future (“can one ever find the true heart of another?”). The bottomline in Mike Williams’ “Blue Skies and Teardrops” is that “the road says you got to move along.”

While they’re all well played and arranged songs, another real question is whether this body of material is sufficiently creative or innovative that it conveys new messages or concepts that haven’t been heard many times before in bluegrass music. Common song themes are certainly genre-specific, and we come to expect, and even find a level of comfort with them in bluegrass music. They’re not always a bad thing if listeners are looking for oft-heard sentiments, and if they’re communicated in such a manner that we can personalize and relate to them. Thus, one of my favorite cuts on The Missy Werner Band’s sophomore project (their debut being the 2009 “Drifting and Dreaming”) is a song written by Mark Brinkman, “Three Little Words.” Perhaps somewhat inspired by the classic jazz standard of the same name, Brinkman takes his song a step further with several other 3-word phrases. The chorus states, “I was wrong, I still care, Hold me close, I’ll be there, Please don’t leave, I love you, It’s amazing what three little words will do.” Bluegrass simplicity at its best, it’s a fresh perspective that immediately grabs you.

Besides her expressive lead vocals, Missy Werner also plays mandolin although that instrument is relegated to a minor role as a rhythm instrument on this CD. Jeff Roberts is the band’s solid banjo-player. He brings a full resume with thirty years of experience with Earl Taylor, Katie Laur, Charlie Sizemore, Ohio Valley Rounders, and Comet Bluegrass All-Stars. Like Roberts, guitarist Tim Strong comes from Kentucky and has been a member of the Ohio Valley Rounders and Comet Bluegrass All-Stars. Bass-player Artie Werner met Missy in 1990, they married shortly later, and they’ve been playing music since. Their band in the 1990s was called Next in Line. Guests on the “Three Kinds of Lonesome” album include Mike Witcher (Dobro), Aaron Till (fiddle), Ned Luberecki (banjo on “If I Fall”), and Jennifer Strickland (tenor vocals). All in all, an enjoyable album full of vigor, sincerity and clarity. (Joe Ross)