Review: Dry Branch Fire Squad Concert

Friday night at Christ Church saw an intimate annual Fall concert for the lucky people who attended the Dry Branch Fire Squad's concert for the HVBA. It was an opportunity to see this band up close and personal and listen to Ron Thomason's drawl with his tall tales of real happenings based on actual true facts which he swears really happened and, for which, he said, he had documentary evidence to back it up if anyone had the wherewithal or interest to actually check it out.

But all that aside, when the "drawling" was over the band broke into a set list of his "personally selected requests" which were warmly received and demonstrated the multi-instrumental talents of each band member as they passed their instruments around with each guy playing not only his own instrument, but all of the others.

It is not fair that such talent is concentrated in so few people. The program contained both bluegrass standards and DBFS's own versions of some country standards as well.

Review: Three Tall Pines - Taproot

Three Tall Pines is a young Bluegrass/Americana quartet hailing from the Boston area. The band is Joe Lurgio on mandolin, Dan Bourdeau, Nick DiSebastian on upright bass, and Connor Smith on fiddle. They all come from deep musical backgrounds, and even share the vocals across the band.

Taproot (EP) is their third album following up their award winning debut Short While Ago and sophomore All That's Left releases. With Taproot, Three Tall Pines delves deeply into the traditional bluegrass sound, but with their own unique interpretation.

Review: Mac Wiseman - Sings Old Country Favorites

There are some performers who have a physicality that, even when we can’t see them, is present there in our minds. Mary Travers flicking her hair, Sam Bush pumping his head forward and back, John Cowan flicking his head manically with the beat. It’s not always a good thing, as one of the comments on a performance by the Milk Carton Kids for NPR online proves “ Kenneth looks like he's balancing on a basketball.” And, indeed, he does.

Review: Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice- Trouble Follows Me

Junior Sisk’s latest release Trouble Follows Me is solid. The singing, picking, production and song selection is all there. For starters, it doesn’t hurt that Junior Sisk could probably sing the phone book and it would sound good. He just has an honest, classic bluegrass delivery that explains why he was named 2013 Male Vocalist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association and 2013 SPBGMA Male Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary). He has surrounded himself with a top notch band including Jason Tomlin on bass and vocals; Jonathan Dillon on mandolin and vocals; Billy Hawks on fiddle and vocals; and Jason Davis on banjo.

Review: Marty Rayon - Southern Roots & Branches

An excellent album by the former lead singer for Shenandoah.

Marty Raybon has assembled a talented group of musicians to support him in an enjoyable mix of bluegrass classics with crossover songs from other genres. Consisting of a mix of familiar songs as well as new ones, Marty’s unique and distinctive voice and passion for singing are evident in each of the songs.

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