Rounder to Release Charlie Sizemore’s Newest Album February 15

Rounder Records press release:

Rounder Records is pleased to announce the February 15 release of Charlie Sizemore’s Heartache Looking for a Home. It is the follow-up to his outstanding 2007 Rounder debut, Good News. A native of eastern Kentucky, Sizemore was hired at age 17 to take over for the departing Keith Whitley in Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys, with whom he stayed for nine years before leaving to start his own band and to attend college.

Sizemore graduated with honors, and now maintains a successful law practice in addition to his musical endeavors. Sizemore is highly regarded as a vocalist, songwriter, instrumentalist and bandleader, his songs have been recorded by Ralph Stanley, Jimmy Martin, Doyle Lawson and Dry Branch Fire Squad to name a few.

While Sizemore didn’t write any of the 14 songs on the new album, there’s a common thread of restlessness, of yearning, in the material chosen so carefully. The people in these songs are all seeking comfort, some momentary peace, in a lover’s arms in “Down in the Quarter,” in a glass of “Red Wicked Wine” or in fantasies of unobtainable women — in the movies (“Ashley Judd”) or the apartment upstairs (“Walking the Floor Over Me.”). And while this isn’t a concept album, our restless soul finds peace at last, closing with “Crossing Over Into the Valley,” a love song of homecoming to the Shenandoah Valley: “Sweet sanctuary, welcome me in.”

Charlie is joined on this album by the four like-minded musicians in The Charlie Sizemore Band — banjo player Josh McMurray, resonator guitarist Matt DeSpain, mandolinist Danny Barnes and bassist John Pennell. There’s no flash-for-flash-sake. All play with the same restrained soulfulness that’s a Sizemore trademark. Even as he reaches beyond bluegrass for material, his Charlie Sizemore Band remains firmly rooted in the sound he was raised on. “It could be my years with Ralph, but I’ve never thought of us as anything but a traditional bluegrass band.”

Heartache covers lots of ground, musically and geographically, which suits Charlie just fine. “I don’t want to make the record I made previously. I just try to keep it interesting for me.”

Track listing for Heartache Looking for a Home:

  1. Down in the Quarter 2:14
  2. Red Wicked Wine 2:38
  3. No Lawyers in Heaven 3:01
  4. Heartache Looking for a Home 1:58
  5. Feelin’ Like El Paso 2:58
  6. Slow Goin’ 2:36
  7. Walking The Floor Over Me 2:22
  8. I Don’t Remember Loving You 3:39
  9. Poor Rambler 3:01
  10. Ashley Judd 2:06
  11. Fords of Pittman 2:48
  12. Pay No Attention to Alice 3:16
  13. Going to Georgia 2:03
  14. Crossing Over Into the Valley 2:47

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