JANEY’S MUSIC REVIEW
BY: BETTY JANE DODRILL
By: Jim & Jesse
This is Jim and Jesses final live
studio project and by the time I received it for review,
I was sorry to learn that Jim had passed away. He was
born February 13th, 1927 and passed away December 31st,
2002. Jim was born in a small settlement called Carfax,
Virginia near the town of Coeburn, Virginia. Coeburn is
a little mining town which used to be connected to the
rest of the world by the Norfolk and Western Railroad.
It is situated approximately 25 miles down
the railroad from the tiny area of Finney, Virginia where
I grew up where the Clinch River flows and the Clinch
Mountains rise. While I had met Jim many times over the
years at various festivals throughout the East and West,
and although I did not know him personally, somehow his
passing made me feel a kin to him and I truly
felt that I had lost a brother and the music and bluegrass
world has lost a legend and we are all so fortunate for
the gift of his music and talent that he has left us.
Having grown up in the same area of Virginia, I have always
considered Jim and Jesse to be the epitome of a true Virginia
Gentleman. While depression years were lean and
times were hard, we were taught to save our best for Sunday
and special occasions. Jim and Jesse always dressed accordingly
and you didnt have to look twice to see that they
felt their fans deserved the best. Kinda like an old time
Virginia Preacher, had to put on a white shirt and tie
in order to preach, Jim and Jesse had to put on a white
tie in order to sing. What a great duet with such harmony
only brothers could achieve. Now back to their last live
studio project, Tis Sweet To Be Remembered,
there are twelve songs on this CD and of course I like
Whether you are a bluegrass collector or not, you will
not want to miss out on this keepsake CD.
Tis Sweet To Be Remembered -
Includes some good mandolin playing by Jesse and the
words and vocals by Jim bring tears to you eyes and
an ache to your heart.
As Long As I Live - This has
good fiddle music by Glen Duncan who seems to make the
fiddle cry at the appropriate time while the vocals
make you cry when you realize As Long As I Live
has passed for Jim.
Standing at the End of My World
- Good song with good mandolin but again very sad.
Before I Met You - Good song,
Cora is Gone - An old time song
done in such a way, you never tire of it.
I Couldnt Believe It Was True
- Good harmony with the traditional bluegrass sound
Mississippi Moon - I found this
to be a good blues style song that I enjoyed
Shes Running Wild - Lots
of good harmony complimented by good bluegrass fiddle.
Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia
Boys are booked by: J&J Music, P. O. Box 1385, Gallatin,
TN 37066, Ph: 615 452-7321, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org