"At a time when most people feel constantly distracted by technology and barraged by the news, authenticity and straightforward honesty are paramount. There's something about the music of The Po' Ramblin' Boys that cuts right through the noise of the world and speaks plainly to the soul. Formed in the Smoky Mountains, The Po' Ramblin' Boys are at once exactly what you would expect and not at all what you would expect from a tattooed East Tennessee Bluegrass outfit. No strangers to hard work, the boys are as much at home riding in their 1965 GM Tour bus as they are crawling underneath to fix it when it needs maintenance. But they take pride in being ambassadors of their genre, and the group has brought their music from rural bluegrass festival stages to the rock clubs of Europe, with stunning results."
"Toil, Tears & Trouble is the third studio album from The Po' Ramblin' Boys and their first on Rounder. The album features eleven covers hand-picked by Rounder Founder, Ken Irwin, and the band, as well as one original written by the band's guitarist, Josh Rinkel. The material is familiar not only to a bluegrass audience, but also stretches to other roots genres, with songs made famous by the likes of George Jones ("Cold Hard Truth"), Tanya Tucker ("Bidding America Goodbye"), Slaid Cleaves (Hickory, Walnut & Pine), and more."
"Ever since the Johnson Mountain Boys burst on the scene (literally running on the stage) forty years ago, every few years another band emerges—playing music heavily influenced by classic bluegrass with irresistible enthusiasm and energy. Today’s heroes are the Po’ Ramblin’ Boys whose stock has risen just as fast as that of the JMB. Toils, Tears & Trouble, with the now requisite mix of new and old material, convincingly demonstrates how they did this. Great stuff." - Art Menius
1 Next Train South 2:33
2 Hickory, Walnut & Pine 3:23
3 Cold Hard Truth 4:47
4 Toil, Tears & Trouble 2:40
5 Ice Covered Birches 3:40
6 Old New Borrowed and Blue 2:45
7 Bidding America Goodbye 3:32
8 Don't Kneel at My Graveside 3:34
9 Ice on the Timber 4:22
10 Widow Mae 3:28
11 Searching for a Soldier's Grave 3:43
12 Longing for the Ozarks 2:24