Thursday, 12 December 2013
By the response of the appreciative audience, the December 11th House Concert with Brittany Haas, Joe Walsh and Owen Marshall was a complete success.
I arrived on the cold winter night, the season's first snow now settled and crisp at our destination in Rhinebeck. Upon entering the house I was immediately offered a chair by our gracious host, Lyn Rosen, and joined the capacity crowd of music aficionados in the inviting two-story living room.
Tuesday, 03 December 2013
I have to admit that, although I’m a big fan of the Carter family and the Cox family, I liked this band a little better before I found out they were a family band. Something about the term “family band” immediately makes me suspicious about the musicianship of all the members and I worry that the real purpose of the band is to fulfill some deranged parent’s fantasy. This band is three sisters, Emily and Alysha Bankester and Melissa Triplett, along with Melissa’s husband, Kyle Triplett, and the sisters’ parents, Dorene and Phil Bankester. So, definitely a family band.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Tim and Myles Thompson from Nashville Tennessee have had a busy year.
Extensive touring throughout the American South, and West, and the release of their 4th CD TIME4ME2GO shines the live-action spotlight on heartfelt, original acoustic music from this talented father and son duo.
Friday, 22 November 2013
Dave Adkins (guitar and vocals), Kenny O'Quinn (mandolin), and Danny Ray Stiltner (bass) hail from Elkhorn City Kentucky, coal country. If you expect gritty bluegrass from a band with most of the members coming down through generations of coal miners you're on the right track.
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Junior Sisk and Joe Mullins’ Hall of Fame Bluegrass is a terrific CD, especially for those who like their bluegrass traditional, with lots of singing done the old-time way. As described in the excellent liner notes, the album grew out of Mullins’ and Sisk’s collaboration on the song “Lover’s Quarrel,” which was included on Sisk’s The Story of the Day That I Died album released earlier this year. (The liner notes were written by David Freeman, who is himself an IBMA Hall of Fame inductee. They lay out the CD’s premise – honoring individuals who have been chosen for the Bluegrass Hall of Fame since 1991 by doing their own interpretation of one or more of the tunes that the Hall of Famers recorded over the years.)