Bluegrass has always had a strong respect for tradition, while also embracing innovation, though the two impulses may sometimes be in conflict. But we all love to see a popular band taken over by a member of the next generation. We are delighted to watch the success of Danny Paisley, who is continuing a tradition started by his father, Bob – and likely to eventually be handed over to Danny’s son, Ryan – and The Travelin’ McCourys keeping the McCoury sound alive for when Del steps aside.
That is exactly what Larry is doing, maintaining the sound and the band name his father bequeathed to him, a mountain music heritage in the Stanley style.
Torn Love comes from Ed Efaw, who stayed active in bluegrass into his 80s. Upon his retirement, Larry assumed management of The Bluegrass Mountaineers, with whom he had performed since he was a young man.
Larry says this one came in the nick of time to make the next record.
“I was in the studio and had the music down for the last song. Then dad sent Torn Love to me late that night. I was listening to it, and for some reason it wouldn’t leave me. It just reminded me of something that Carter Stanley would have written, and the Stanley Brothers would have recorded. I’m a big fan of original material. At 91, Dad Still loves to write and it makes him proud when I record one of his songs. I really don’t know why but this song still won’t leave my head.”
These days the Mountaineers are Logan Leab on guitar, Curtis Coleman on banjo, Adam Burrows on fiddle, and Mikayla Burrows on bass. Larry plays mandolin and sings lead with Mikayla adding the lonesome duet harmony.
Have a listen to the new single…
It will also be included on the next Larry Efaw & The Bluegrass Mountaineers album, The Old Home.