The Lost & Found, January Rain

Jon Weisberger

By Jon Weisberger

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

January Rain

The Lost & Found
One of bluegrass music’s hidden treasures.

Led for more than a quarter of a century by bass player/lead singer Allen Mills and his mandolin-playing partner, the late Dempsey Young, the Lost & Found have always been one of the music's hidden treasures. Leaving racing tempos and mournful mountain sounds to others, the group has specialized in adaptations of country songs and a trove of sometimes gentle, sometimes wryly humorous but always engaging originals that leave plenty of room to showcase Young's brilliant, off-kilter sensibility. Their recorded output has been remarkably consistent, but January Rain stands out for an especially delicious set of songs, including Merle Haggard's “The Farmer's Daughter,” Bill Castle's melancholy “I Always Get Lonesome When It Rains,” a pair of Buck Owens favorites and the wry George Jones hit, “Love Bug,” and the perfect balance of Mills'affable leads with guitarist Barry Berrier's more Haggardesque turns in front of the mike.