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Single Of The Day-Jimmy Martin “I Cried Again”

Greetings from Asheville, where good music is always found on the turntable or in the CD and MP3 players. Our Single Of The Day takes us down a bluegrass route, for one of the many releases of Jimmy Martin from his Decca days.

Like many bluegrass greats, Jimmy Martin got his start as a member of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys, replacing Mac Wiseman in 1949, before striking out on his own in the mid 1950’s. A highly influential artist, he made subtle changes in the genre with his sound, using his famous guitar runs, mixed with strong banjo parts that utilized talents of banjo masters such as J. D. Crowe. He also wasn’t afraid of drums, using them on most of his recordings, as well. Another thing about Jimmy Martin, he was equally at home doing a more mainstream country sound, as he was a traditional bluegrass favorite; he could handle both, admirably.

In fact, it’s one of those more mainstream songs that appear on today’s Single Of The Day. The 1971 release “I Cried Again” wasn’t a hit for Jimmy, nor anyone else. What a shame. The Autry Inman-written track may well be one of the best songs you’ve likely never heard. Perhaps the closest it got to any kind of fame, was as the B-side to Porter Wagoner’s 1961 hit “Misery Loves Company”. Good, bouncy rhythm with a great melody. I like this one.

The flip side is a song written by Tom T. Hall titled “Chattanooga Dog”. Again, quick-paced and catchy rhythm. Not a bad work, though I think the flip side is stronger. Both sides are good bluegrass.

Saving vinyl, one record at a time.

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