Good Ol’ Persons

GOOD N’ LIVE: A 20th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION (Sugar Hill Records, 1995)

Good N' Live

“When it comes to bluegrass, it doesn’t get much better than this.” 

– Relix

“An outstanding band, led by Kathy Kallick who, given the breaks, could be the next … [complete as appropriate]. Playing, singing, material and recording all first rate.” 

– fRoots [ nee Folk Roots]

“Kallick is simply a great lead singer, with a voice that vividly expresses with power and clarity whatever emotions a lyric was meant to convey. [She also] displays her knack for writing burning bluegrass songs in a classic mode.” 

– Bluegrass Unlimited

Kathy Kallick: guitar, vocals
John Reischman: mandolin, vocals
Sally Van Meter: dobro, vocals
Paul Shelasky: fiddle, vocals
Kevin Wimmer: fiddle
Bethany Raine: acoustic bass, vocals
Beth Weil: acoustic bass, vocals
Todd Phillips: acoustic bass
Johannes Bodingus: acoustic bass

1. Blue Night (Kirk McGee)
2. The One I Love Is Gone (Bill Monroe)
3. Beaumont Rag (trad.)
4. Part Of A Story (Kathy Kallick/John Reischman)
5. I Can’t Stand To Ramble (Kathy Kallick)
6. Honky Tonk Blues (Hank Williams)
7. Sally Johnson (trad.)
8. Who’s That Knockin’ At My Door? (Pat Enright)
9. Think About Me (Kathy Kallick)
10. Train 45 (trad.)
11. Dark As the Night, Blue As the Day (Bill Monroe)
12. Broken Tie (Kathy Kallick)
13. Easy Substitute (Kathy Kallick)
14. Jesusita En Chihuahua (trad.)
15. Settin’ the Woods On Fire (Hank Williams)
16. You Don’t Miss Your Water (William Bell)
17. Now the Time Has Come To Go (Kathy Kallick)
18. Travelin’ Blues (Jimmie Rodgers)
19. The Storms Are On the Ocean (trad.)


ANYWHERE THE WIND BLOWS (Flat Rock Records, 1989 – reissued in 1995)

Anywhere Wind Blows

“While much of the music falls outside the rigid stylistic boundaries of bluegrass, it is intelligent, varied, and beautifully performed acoustic music [with] the emotional intensity that is the greatest strength of bluegrass as a genre.” 

– Bluegrass Unlimited

“This is as good a recording to emerge from the bluegrass market as you’re gonna hear!” 

– Option

Kathy Kallick: guitar, vocals
John Reischman: mandolin, vocals
Sally Van Meter: dobro, vocals
Kevin Wimmer: fiddle
Bethany Raine: acoustic bass, vocals

1. Anywhere the Wind Blows (Kathy Kallick/John Reischman)
2. Wildflowers (Kathy Kallick)
3. What Am I Gonna Do (Kathy Kallick)
4. The Danny J (John Reischman)
5. Dreaming In Three-Quarter Time (Carol McComb)
6. Waterbound (trad., add’l lyrics, Kathy Kallick)
7. Hamsters In the Pantry (John Reischman)
8. Suffer the Consequences (Kathy Kallick)
9. Walking the Floor Over You (Ernest Tubb)
10. Waking Up Alone (Paul Shelasky)
11. La Arboleta (trad.)
12. Think About Me (Kathy Kallick)


PART OF A STORY (Flat Rock Records, 1986 – reissued in 1995)

Part Of Story

“This is a gem of an album, full of lyrical truth and simple beauty.” 

– Calendar

“A fine set of deft picking and some of the smoothest vocal harmonies I’ve heard in bluegrass.” 

– Country Music Journal

Kathy Kallick: guitar, vocals
John Reischman: mandolin, vocals
Sally Van Meter: dobro, banjo, vocals
Paul Shelasky: fiddle, vocals
Bethany Raine: acoustic bass, vocals

1. Broken-Hearted Lover (Delmore Brothers)
2. Easy Substitute (Kathy Kallick) 
3. My My My (Rich Wilbur)
4. I Don’t Hurt Anymore (Robertson/Rollins)
5. Center Of the World (Kathy Kallick)  
6. Grey Eagle (trad.)
7. It’s Gonna Rain (Kathy Kallick)
8. You’re A Flower (Hunt/Emmy/More)
9. Crossing the Cumberlands (Bill Monroe)
10. It Seems There’s Nothing I Can Do (Paul Shelasky)
11. This Young Boy (Kathy Kallick/John Reischman) 
12. Part Of A Story (Kathy Kallick)


I CAN’T STAND TO RAMBLE (Flat Rock Records, 1983 – reissued in 1995)

I Can't Stand

“A rare and beautiful balance of terrific singing, superb playing, and good taste.” 

– Option

“Likeable modern twists on the usual themes — love, relationships, family, deception, and rambling.” 

– Bluegrass Unlimited

Kathy Kallick: guitar, vocals
John Reischman: mandolin, vocals
Sally Van Meter: dobro, banjo, vocals
Paul Shelasky: fiddle, vocals
Bethany Raine: acoustic bass, vocals

1. I Can’t Stand To Ramble (Kathy Kallick)
2. Kissin’ Comes Easy (Kathy Kallick)
3. Broken Tie (Kathy Kallick)
4. Itzbin Reel (John Reischman)
5. You Don’t Miss Your Water (William Bell)
6. I Will Arise (trad.)
7. Get Up, Go To Work (John Reischman)
8. In Dreams (Kathy Kallick)
9. I’m Satisfied With You (Fred Rose)
10. Not This Time (Paul Shelasky)
11. China Camp (Paul Shelasky)
12. Ellie (Kathy Kallick)
13. Open Up Your Heart (Kathy Kallick)


THE GOOD OL’ PERSONS (Bay Records, 1977 – reissued in 2005)

Good Ol Persons

“A landmark early album from the SF Bay Area bluegrass scene, featuring future solo artists Kathy Kallick (on bass) and Laurie Lewis on fiddle and mandolin. A fun mix of bluegrass and old-timey music, along with a touch of jazzy swing.”

– Joe Sixpack, Slipcue

Kathy Kallick: (mostly) bass, vocals
Laurie Lewis: fiddle, mandolin, vocals
Paul Shelasky: mandolin, fiddle, vocals
Barbara Mendelsohn: banjo, hammered dulcimer, vocals
Dorothy Baxter: guitar

1. Texas
2. Think of What You’ve Done
3. Pretend Your Mine (Kathy Kallick)
4. Farewell to Whiskey>Butcher’s Row
5. High on a Mountain
6. Southbound
7. Always Late
8. Rutabaga Boogie
9. The Earl’s Chair
10. Another Night
11. Sunny Slopes
12. Sweet Dreams
13. Big Sandy River
14. Sweet Sunny South
15. Don’t Come to Me (Kathy Kallick)
16. You’re the Song (Kathy Kallick)
17. Road to Lisdoonvarna   
18. Little Beggarman