Backed up by Josh McMurray on banjo, Matt DeSpain on resonator guitar, Danny Barnes on mandolin and John Pennell on bass, Sizemore puts out a solid, resonant and heartfelt bluegrass collection (can’t call them records anymore, can you?) of 14 songs. His voice is clear and distinctive, and fits well into the bluegrass genre. His voice blends well with that of his old boss Ralph Stanley on one cut, “Red Wicked Wine.” Once you have heard Sizemore’s voice you will always recognize it.
With a lineup of songs from a number of country-bluegrass writers, each song has it’s own sound and character. They are all true to bluegrass with good instrumentals and solid arrangements. A fine blending of instrumental sound is heard on “Fords of Pittman,” with each instrument holding it’s own but blending into the song’s total feel. And with a Tom T. Hall song, “Pay No Attention to Alice” the CD shows Sizemore’s more contemplative and gentle side.
His cover album of Tom T. Hall’s songs (2002) showed his ability to take a song writer’s work and make it his own, while being true to the original music and words. With the “Heartache Looking for a Home” inclusion of two public domain classics shows Sizemore’s attention to the roots from which today’s bluegrass has sprung.