Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time

Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time
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Most widely known as a writer, Kentucky native Larry Cordle has had songs recorded by RickySkaggs, Garth Brooks, Alison Krauss, AlanJackson, George Strait, The Osborne Brothers,and many others. At last count, Cordle's songshad appeared on projects that had sold acombined total of more than 50 million records.Equally as impressive is Cordle’s performingcareer. Founded in 1990, Lonesome StandardTime began as a joint venture between long-time friends Larry Cordle and Glen Duncan. Successcame quickly for the band, yielding a Grammy nomination for the group’s debut album. In 1995,Larry’s songwriting commitments and Nashville’s increasing demand for Glen’s talent in the studioled the duo to take a hiatus from the road and focus on other aspects of their careers.In 1999, Larry decided to reform the band and with the newly assimilated Lonesome Standard Time,released Murder on Music Row in 2000. The project was nominated for another Grammy, reached#1 on both the Americana and Bluegrass charts, and the title track was named Song of the Year bythe Country Music Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association. The band alsoenjoyed attention from major media, including reviews in USA Today and People, as well as countryand bluegrass music publications.With Songs from the Workbench, Cordle continued the trend that had proven successful: recordheart-felt, original songs that feature his trademark singing, while spotlighting the impressivecontributions of his band. The album’s first track, “Anything Southbound” was nominated for IBMA’sSong of the Year in 2003.Lonesome Skynyrd Time (2004) offered a unique opportunity to pay tribute to rock ‘n’ roll giant,Lynyrd Skynyrd. Cordle, being a long-time fan of the southern rock band, approached the projectwith a sense of duty to respectfully represent this legendary material in a bluegrass context, whilemaintaining the integrity of the original recordings. The result is a powerful homage to theendurance and influence of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s music.Lonesome Standard Time now includes Booie Beach on guitar, Kim Gardner on dobro, Mike Anglinon bass, and Kristin Scott Benson on banjo. Each musician is established and respected in thebluegrass community, offering a sense of professionalism that is easily recognized on and off thestage. Larry simply states, "They are just some of the finest players I've ever heard." A band of thiscaliber opens up all sorts of musical possibilities and Cordle is eager to explore them. "I don't wantanybody to take this the wrong way, but just the term 'bluegrass' is so limiting. Yeah, we're abluegrass band, but there's just so much that can be done within the realm of acoustic music."Cordle’s exceptional body of original material and passion for performing, combined with theunparalleled talent of Lonesome Standard Time, result in an explosive stage show that wows crowdseverywhere.

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