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Heartache and Stone represents Monroe Crossing in their ninth year together and at the height of their powers. Boasting five new songs by Lisa Fuglie, two Art Blackburn tunes and an unreleased Becky Buller murder ballad, this record is packed with daringly original songs and a great traditional feel. As an added bonus, Prince goes Bluegrass with our fan favorite version of Purple Rain! With Art, Lisa, Mark, Matt and Benji.
Critical Acclaim for Heartache and Stone
"Fuglie gets way on the inside of any song she sings, whether her own or others’, and above all else, the humanity and the sheer embrace of life she imparts when she sings, makes every song special, a unique journey of its own, and elevates the music of Monroe Crossing to an exalted plane." —David McGee, Bluegrass Special, October, 2009
"Monroe Crossing’s laid-back 'folkgrass' approach stands in contrast to many contemporary hyperkinetic bands, such as Kentucky Thunder. Their novel, soulful, and musically satisfying cover of Prince’s 'Purple Rain' demonstrates their unique style." —Vintage Guitar Magazine November, 2009
"....This band understands and respects the musical principles laid down by Bill Monroe....Heartache & Stone represents their best effort to date....Arrangements are fresh and creative....All in all, it is an enjoyable project loaded with a satisfaction."