Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time (#1026)

Born and raised on a small family farm in Eastern Kentucky, Larry Cordle developed a deep appreciation for bluegrass, country and gospel music. He has spent a lifetime developing his gifts as a songwriter and performer.


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“My family lived so far away from everything that we had to make our own entertainment,” says Cordle. After a brief stint in the Navy and graduating from Morehead State University, Cordle refused to let his passion for songwriting and performing subside. He worked by day and played clubs at night.

That dedication finally paid off in 1983 when Ricky Skaggs, a childhood friend and neighbor, recorded one of his songs, “Highway 40 Blues.” Skaggs took the tune to number one and helped launch both of their careers. In 1985 at Skaggs’ urging, Cordle gave up his office job and moved to Nashville to become a full-time staff writer for Amanda-Lin Music as well as a performer. Since then, Cordle’s songs and vocals have appeared on projects that have sold a combined total of more than 50 million records by artists such as Alison Krauss, George Strait, Alan Jackson and many others.

Cordle’s band, Lonesome Standard Time, provides an outlet for his trademark singing, original material and engaging stage presence. The band features Mike Anglin on upright bass, lead acoustic guitarist Booie Beech, Kim Gardner on dobro, Chris Davis on mandolin, and banjo player Kristin Scott Benson. The group has released four albums, has been awarded Song of the Year by the IBMA on two separate occasions, garnered Grammy nominations for Best Bluegrass Album and landed number one slots on the Bluegrass and Americana charts.