Lou Reid & Carolina: Live At The Down Home

Lou Reid & Carolina: Live At The Down HomeLou Reid has announced that his 20th Anniversary album with Carolina is expected to hit in August. It’s a live concert recording, captured in December of 2012 at the famed Down Home in Johnson City, TN, containing 12 tracks drawn from Reid’s two decades in bluegrass.

A debut single, Heart Of A Little Mountain Girl, is set for an August 8 release. The Marshall Wilborn song is one Reid recorded with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver in 1982 on Quicksilver Rides Again. At the time, Lou was on bass, but now he is playing mandolin, with his wife Christy on bass and Trevor Watson on banjo. Kevin Richardson played guitar at the time, a spot recently filled by Skip Cherryholmes. Justin Moses supplied fiddle and resonator guitar for the live show.

Other songs from previous Reid releases include When It Rains, the title track from his 1992 solo album, I Call Your Name from his Carolina Blue project that same year with Terry Baucom, and Time, title track from his 2005 record. Amanda Lynn was first cut on his 2007 album, My Own Set Of Rules, and Oh Lord Have Mercy On My Soul from his 2009 Gospel release, Sounds Like Heaven To Me.

Lou Reid & CarolinaThere are also versions of favorites like She’s More To Be Pitied and Long Black Veil, plus prior Reid numbers Carolina Moonshine Man and Grass Lover, all cut live on stage at the Down Home.

The official world premiere will be on August 7 when Lou visits Kyle Cantrell at Sirius XM for a first play-through on Bluegrass Junction. Heart Of A Little Mountain Girl will be available to radio programmers the next day from Airplay Direct, with the album shipping sometime later that month from KMA Records.

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