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.)
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
For those already pining for the summer acoustic music season, September 2013 shows us that the fall has plenty to offer as well, in the form of new release FLYING from Darin and Brooke Aldridge. Flying is the duo’s 5th CD release, their first on the Organic Records label. Featuring powerful, inspiring vocal harmonies paired with dynamic, supportive, and exciting instrumental backing, Flying delivers great performances of songs penned from a variety of composers. In this release, Darin and Brooke treat the listener to a variety of styles that build on, and move past their foundation of Bluegrass and Gospel acoustic music. For those new to the Aldridge duo, they are a married couple from Cherryville North Carolina, with a history of singing, songwriting, recording and touring. They were Emerging Artist nominees two years in a row by the IBMA, as well as SPBGMA Nominees for Gospel, Album and Song of the Year. Flying was expertly recorded at Crossroads Studios in Arden, North Carolina. This reviewer found it equally enjoyable on high end stereo equipment, in the car or on a portable music player.
Friday, 25 October 2013
On Saturday, October 19, the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association held its Fall concert event featuring Special Consensus. The series is designed to bring worldclass bluegrass artists to the Hudson Valley region and this was truly a memorable event.
For those that are not familiar with the band, Special Consensus was formed back in 1975 by Greg Cahill, who has led the band for over 38 years. The current lineup features Rick Faris on mandolin and vocals, Dustin Benson on guitar and vocals, Dan Eubanks on bass and vocals in addition to Mr. Cahill on banjo and vocals.
Thursday, 17 October 2013
HVBA readers may remember Jack Dwyer from when he used to jam at the Pirate Canoe Club. The boy sure could play! Bill and Kalia Yeagle knew Jack before he moved to NY, back when the Dwyer family lived in Alaska. He was remarkable then too! Bill remembers Jack as having always been a fearless musician with a really great attitude going into any musical venture. Kalia gets to teach with Jack at music camps in Alaska most summers, and it is always a treat to make music with him. Here is Bill and Kalia’s take on Jack’s duo album with Tim Connell:
Monday, 07 October 2013
The most enduring testament to a musician’s life work is the love and respect of other musicians, and a generation of artists cite Alice Gerrard as a source of inspiration and encouragement, and a reason that they came to love the music of the American South.
In the 40 plus years that she has been singing and playing American Traditional music, Ms. Gerrard has played a pivotal role in the preservation of music from the Southern Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains, while herself being one of the founding figures of the modern folk and roots movement. From her early Rounder and Folkways recordings, Alice has performed with some of America’s pre-eminent traditional musicians including Tommy Jarrell, Enoch Rutherford, Otis Burris, Luther Davis and Matokie Slaughter.