High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music

High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music

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Release Date: 5/20/2003

CMH is proud to reissue the original soundtrack to High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music, Rachel Liebling’s groundbreaking 1991 documentary film. Widely seen in theaters and on public television and still available on VHS and DVD, High Lonesome was the first documentary film to chronicle bluegrass’ fascinating history. This new edition features three bonus tracks and updated liner notes.

Bill Monroe, “The Father of Bluegrass,” is well represented with five classic tracks, including a previously unrecorded mandolin solo. Bluegrass legends and innovators The Stanley Brothers, “O Brother’s” Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Kenny Baker, Mac Wiseman, The Osborne Brothers, Jimmy Martin, Jim & Jesse McReynolds and the Seldom Scene are also featured.

From breakneck standards, like the Osborne Brother’s “Ruby” (1969) to haunting spirituals (Bill Monroe’s “A Voice From on High” from 1954) to ballads of nostalgia for a vanishing way of life (Ralph Stanley’s “The Fields Have Turned Brown” from 1973), the High Lonesome soundtrack lets the giants of bluegrass and their remarkable songs tell the music’s story.



  1. With Body and Soul
  2. Jerusalem Ridge
  3. The Fields Have Turned Brown
  4. Going Across the Sea
  5. I Wonder How the Old Folks Are At Home
  6. Rocky Top
  7. Sunny Side of the Mountain
  8. Paradise
  9. Train 45
  10. Meet Me by the Moonlight
  11. A Voice From On High
  12. Gloryland
  13. Muddy Waters
  14. Free Born Man
  15. Ruby
  16. Little Georgia Rose
  17. Pretty Polly
  18. I’m On my Way to the Old Home