Friday, 02 November 2012
When a band with the talents and musical pedigree of the Lonesome River Band decides to record an album of songs chosen in a poll of their fans, the appropriate response from most of us should probably be ‘thank you.’ This (their 15th) disc should more than satisfy listeners familiar with the band’s music as well as offering a perfect primer for anyone new to their particular brand of bluegrass.
As the final installment in a trilogy of CD’s, Chronology,Volume 3 rounds out their most recent musical offering with 10 tracks that have both helped to bolster their reputation as a leading modern bluegrass band and define their sound.
Monday, 22 October 2012
"From One to Twelve"
"Forever Has Come To an End"
"Wood Butcher's Walkabout"
"Dust and Ashes, He Rose from the Dead"
"Post Oak Grove"
"I'll Tell You about the Women"
"Midnight Hour Blues"
"Torment of Billie"
"Jimmy Fell Off the Wagon"
"How You Want Your Rollin' Done"
I was fortunate to have been able to share adjoining campsites with Mike Compton at both Winterhawk Bluegrass Festival and the Peaceful Valley Bluegrass Festival, back to back, in New York State when he first left The Nashville Bluegrass Band in 1989. I got to know him a little in those two weeks, which was a real pleasure. Mike was just a regular guy, living near Big Indian, NY who just happened to be a famous mandolin picker and who I also found to be a genuine person.
Sunday, 21 October 2012
Tuesday, 09 October 2012
Wayne Taylor has been singing and playing bass with the band Blue Highway since its inception more than 17 years ago. Now he has released a wonderful solo CD, It's About Time, backed by an all-star cast of musicians and singers.
Ron Stewart plays both fiddle and banjo, Jesse Brock picks the mandolin, Tom Adams plays guitar, Buck White plays piano on one number, while Brooke and Darin Aldridge, and the Whites (Buck, Sharon and Cheryl) contribute outstanding harmony vocals. Eight of the twelve songs were written by Mr. Taylor, and a ninth was co-written by him with fiddler and lead vocalist Rachel Johnson Boyd.
Tuesday, 11 September 2012