Friday, 12 April 2013
God Didn't Choose Sides Vol 1 is the first of a new series that touches on bluegrass, country, and roots music by writers such as Paula Breedlove, Mark Brinkman, Brad Davis, Ray Edwards, Mike Evans, Terry Foust, Steve Gulley and Tim Strafford, and performed by an all-star line-up including Marty Raybon, Russell Moore, Ronnie Bowman, The Lonesome River Band, Dale Ann Bradley, Steve Gulley, Carrie Hassler, Bradley Walker, Tim Stafford, and others. The songs are all new, but are rooted so deeply into American history that it's easy to forget that they're not songs from the Civil War period, rather they are about that period.
Tuesday, 09 April 2013
Don Rigsby has been around a while, and as such always seems to be there, not too far away. Many probably came across him for the first time in the movie Bluegrass Journey where he’s onstage with the Lonesome River band (in what some consider their best line up) at the IBMA’s and then later, in the hallway of the hotel at the conference, playing his heart out with Don Rigsby and Friends. Maybe we’d seen him in Lonesome River, but with the movie and the subtitles, he finally had a name.
Tuesday, 09 April 2013
If you are a fan of Junior Sisk and Rambler’s Choice, then you do not want to miss the latest album, The Story of the Day that I Died. From the first song to the last, Junior Sisk continues his great style of combining great singing with great songs.
From the first moment I put the album into my stereo, I played each and every song at least once, many numerous times in the course of a day and since. This album continues the bluesy, soulful, melancholy, straightforward but enjoyable bluegrass that has been the hallmark of his style for years.
Friday, 05 April 2013
Well, if you want to get on my good side, cover a song from Laura Boosinger, and indeed that’s how Della Mae starts this collection. “Letter from Down the Road” is a traditional song with new words and arrangement from Boosinger, and the version included here is a very faithful romp through a delightful piece. From there, Della Mae keeps the energy up on what is easily the best release from them to date.
Tuesday, 02 April 2013
There are lots of good bluegrass albums and there are a few great ones. There are also some that stand out even above that list and this new release from Dailey and Vincent is going to prove to be one of those. It’s the sixth album from a band that remained consistent throughout their career, both in terms of quality and line up. They’ve won all sorts of awards and the pedigree of both Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent is unequivocal, coming from careers with Doyle Lawson and Ricky Skaggs bands, respectively.