By Lyons Bluesologist, David McIntyre
Lyons Recorder, March 2011
Yes, we (David Richey’s fans) have all waited a long time for this CD, “ No Peace of Mind,” from one of the best country singers around these parts.
Not to downplay his great dobro and guitar playing, but for me it’s that voice. David’s voice is the perfect vehicle for any soulful, lonesome, sorrowful, or lonely country tune he wraps his vocal cords around, as witnessed on this wonderful CD. They say good things take a long time, so it is fitting that this CD has been a long time coming.
Not only has David picked fabulous tunes for this work, but has surrounded himself with a bevy of some of the best pickers and singers in Colorado. David, with the help of Sally Van Meter and Gene Libbea, produced this record and such notables as Dave Talmage, Chris Elliot, Jordan Ramsey, Eric Thorin, K.C. Groves, Brad Folk, Nate Swartz, and Nate Lee, joined him.
Aaron Youngberg engineered from his Swingfingers studio: David Glasser at Airshow mastered the disc, and Terry Kishiyama did the graphic design. There is not a weak cut on this project, but the real challenge is to pick a favorite one or two. We start off with a rollicking number called “Hard Time, Sometimes,” with great vocals by David and Jordan Ramsey and a pulsing beat from Eric Thorin.
Sally Van Meter sings harmony with David on “Carolina Mountain Home,” where David cuts some great dobro work.
On “Love Gone Cold,” Richey’s smooth dobro pushes him and Brad Folk forward with more great harmony vocals.
“Ready for the Times to get Better” seems to forward the underlying theme of “No Peace of Mind,” a simple but striking vocal and dobro piece.
“May you Never be Alone” features great harmony between Dave, Brad Folk, and Nate Swartz, who also plays some mean mandolin here.
“The Lover’s Return” showcases K.C. Groves’ vocal talent and more of that lively dobro of Dave’s. Dave’s and K.C.’s voices blend here and are as smooth as silk.
Old Time Dave Talmage brings us a jumpin’ little ditty called “Travelin.” I sure miss Old Time Dave around these parts – he used to live here a couple of years ago and grace us with tunes like this one. “21 Years” features more great harmony singing, with Richey and Folk collaborating on this one with some great banjo picking from Keith Reed.
One of my favorites is “Over Yonder in the Graveyard,” a tune of Ollabelle Reed’s a haunting tale about losing one’s true love. Again some special harmony vocals by David and K.C. Groves lamenting his lost love.
The band pulls off a great version of Dylan’s “Walkin’ Down the Line,” with Talmage singing tenor harmony and playing fiddle, complementing Richey’s hot dobro work. This CD ends with “I Could Change My Mind,” a tune that talks about never being married or in love. It leaves us with the hope that maybe she could change all that for the better, bringing us back to the “No Peace of Mind” theme, but with the hope of somehow getting there.
David will bring his band, The Ruined Nation Boys, to Oskar Blues on Saturday, April 30, for a great night of bluegrass and country. The band is made up of David on dobro and guitar, Jordan Ramsey on mandolin, Keith Reed on banjo, Gene Libbea on upright bass, and Alex Johnstone on fiddle: some of the best pickers in the area.