Cool Blue Outlaws: Rogues, Rascals, and Rapscallions

Cool Blue Outlaws:
Rogues, Rascals, and Rapscallions

(Sugar Hill)

First Appeared at The Music Box, July 2002, Volume 9, #7

Written by John Metzger


Heartache and loss are, perhaps, the most common underlying themes to country and bluegrass songs. But most frequently, the stories themselves revolve around bandits, outlaws, and thieves. Sometimes, itís to relay a moral. Sometimes itís to find sympathy in the downtrodden. And sometimes, itís just to entertain.

Such are the songs of Cool Blue Outlaws, a compilation of sorts from the exquisite Sugar Hill catalog. As with most of the labelís compilations, highlights abound. On Ruby Ridge, Peter Rowan revisits the scene of the infamous FBI shootout; Ronnie Bowman (with help from Union Stationís Dan Tyminski) tears into Jailhouse Blues with a vengeance; and The Seldom Scene show off their vocal and instrumental brilliance on Woody Guthrieís Philadelphia Lawyer (just listen to those gorgeous harmonies and that stirring bass line!). In other words, although this isnít exactly the definitive collection of outlaw songs, it does shed some light on those that might have been forgotten. starstarstar

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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!


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