Rebel Records Releases A New Single for Jeremy Stephens’ Fans I’m Lonesome.
Riding the momentum of his highly lauded solo release How I Hear It, Jeremy Stephens rolls into 2022 with a new single from the album. I’m Lonesome, comes from the pen of the late Larry Richardson, a heralded banjo player, singer and songwriter out of the Galax, Virginia area who was a key figure in the formative years of bluegrass music.
I’m Lonesome, is a relatively obscure bluegrass number that I’ve loved since I first heard it. I learned it from Larry Richardson and Happy Smith’s recording of it on the Blue Ridge label, which I’m grateful to have a copy of in my personal record collection. I thought it would be a good one to include on my new solo album as a solo vocal feature, which I rarely do – Jeremy Stephens.
Stephens’ smooth vocal is front and center on I’m Lonesome as he sings of the pain of losing his love to another man. Additionally, Stephens’ musical prowess is on full display as he handles both guitar and banjo duties on the track backed by MIke Bub’s steady bass. Ever the humble musician, Stephens praises his wife who also joins him on the song: “I’m playing banjo and guitar, but the most important part on this song to me is the fiddle, which is played by my much-better half, Corrina Rose Logston, who got to be around the fiddler on the original recording, Roger Smith. She knew Roger in his later years and he always took an interest in her fiddling. Corrina does a phenomenal job playing some of Roger’s licks and putting herself into it as well. I hope the listeners enjoy this one as much as I did recording it.”
Jeremy Stephens first solo album in twenty years, How I Hear It is a collection of traditional numbers that have captured his interest and attention through the years. His fresh takes on obscure bluegrass, old-time and traditional country material have been enthusiastically received by fans and critics alike.
This album is a treasure of expertly played bluegrass that captures the passion, exuberance, inspiration and mastery of multi-instrumentalist and singer Jeremy Stephens – Joe Ross of Roots Music Report.
Both Stephens and the album were recently featured in the November issue of Bluegrass Unlimited while The Bluegrass Situation and Bluegrass Today also posted detailed exposés on the recording. In wrapping up the year, Donald Tepylske selected How I Hear It as his #2 Favorite Bluegrass Album of 2021 on his Fervor Coulee blog site.
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