Earl, Little Roy… and Lizzy Long

Earl Scruggs, Wayne Haun, Elizabeth Long, Kevin Ward, Janna Ward, Little Roy Lewis (left to right)What sort of talent must it take to convince bluegrass legends like Earl Scruggs and Little Roy Lewis to participate in the label debut release for a 23 year old artist?

Or generate praise like this from Mr. Scruggs?

“I have been traveling for many years, but it is seldom that you see such a talented newcomer as Elizabeth Long. She’ll be a household name among bluegrass fans.”

The talented newcomer, Elizabeth “Lizzy” Long, has her first project with Nashville’s Vine Records set for an April 16, 2007 release. The young fiddler and singer actually has four CDs she has released on her own, and they show her at home with both old time fiddle favorites and songs with a country feel.

The official press materials from Vine describe the new CD, Lifetimes – Lewis, Scruggs and Long, in this way:

Listeners can look forward to traditional bluegrass favourites and instrumentals on this release, as well as original compositions written by Long, Haun, and a list of award-winning writers, including Barry Dean, Don Poythress, Joel Lindsey, Wayne Kirkpatrick, and Mac Wiseman.

The CD is produced by Wayne Haun and Kevin Ward, and will be distributed by Crossroads Marketing.

Thanks to our friend Richard Thompson, who first brought this new project to our attention.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.