Love, Lost and Found

Lost & Found - Love, Lost and FoundLost and Found will have their new CD, Love, Lost and Found, released on Rebel Records on March 24. This will be their first CD in 7 years, and the first since the tragic loss of original mandolinist Dempsey Young in June of 2006.

The band had started this project in 2003 before Dempsey passed away, and it sat incomplete for some time while founding member Allen Mills contemplated the future of the group. When Scott Napier joined the group in 2007, Allen knew he had what he needed to finish the project and start the next chapter for his band, who have been playing heartfelt bluegrass for almost 30 years.

Love, Lost and Found has 13 tracks, six recorded with Dempsey on mandolin, and the remaining 7 with Scott.

Rebel has released a single, That’s What Country Folks Do, in advance of the CD’s street date, which should be popping up on bluegrass radio. It was written by Wanda Dalton, sister of the late bluegrass songwriter Randall Hylton. Many of our readers may have spoken with Wanda over the years, as she was the phone voice you heard when you placed orders from County Sales in Floyd, VA for many years.

Allen gave us some background on the song…

“Wanda has been a close friend of ours for over 20 years. She wrote the song about a neighbor (and friend), my wife Deb and I, and our grandson, Zacrye. Parts of the story are true and some of it is fiction. We do have a big front porch with rocking chairs, and we neighbors do stick together!

And Zacrye does call us Mamaw and Papa.

We recorded it in February and March 2008 with Scott Napier on mandolin.”

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I asked Allen to tell us a bit about other songs they included on Love, Lost and Found.

Letter Stained In Blue is a new song written by Dan Wells, from North Carolina.  It seems to be one that is gaining attention on our road shows.  Some of the lyrics are represented on the cover of the album, with the title being Love, Lost and Found. That song is a solo sung by Scottie Sparks, and includes Scott Napier’s mandolin playing as well.

By request, we re-recorded a song I had written for our first album, If Today Was The Last Day. We changed from the original key of D to G and this allowed me to sing lead. Scottie sang tenor and Ronald baritone on the chorus.”

We’ll be sure to speak with Allen again and get more details as the release date draws nigh. It will be great to have a new Lost and Found CD again.

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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.