Thursday, 16 January 2014
I think every bluegrass band could take a lesson from Blue Highway, and here’s why I think that is: they put the content, and the storytelling, before everything else. And, frankly, storytelling is what this kind of music, if not every kind of music, is really all about. At least I think so, and clearly Blue Highway does as well.
“It’s a similar formula to what we’ve had in the past,” says Tim Stafford of this new album, titled The Game. “It’s mostly original songs—that’s one of the strengths of the band and it has been from the beginning.”
Wednesday, 08 January 2014
The Grascals are as capable as any bluegrass band out there these days. They know what they are doing, and they are doing it well. They were the IBMA emerging artists of the year in 2005, they’ve played the Opry, and otherwise spent their time polishing the ensemble and their writing. When I Get My Pay is their 8th studio release, and might well be their best, which is saying something given that all their albums have gained critical notice and places on the charts.
Thursday, 02 January 2014
Lou Reid and Carolina's 20th Anniversary Concert - Live at the Down Home was released October 1, 2013 on the KMA Records label. The concert was recorded live in December 2012 at the Down Home venue of Johnson City, TN; for many years known as a venue delivering solid quality performances. This performance was no different as it delivered melodious vocals coupled with expertly driven instruments, all done in a way that just feels 'down home.'
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.