Review: The Bankesters - Love Has Wheels

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.

Review: Tim & Myles Thompson - Time4Me2Go



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.

Review: Dave Adkins & Republick Steele - That's Just the Way I Roll


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.

Review: Junior Sisk & Joe Mullins: Hall of Fame Bluegrass

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.)

Review: Darin & Brooke Aldridge - Flying

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.

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