The Borrowed Tyme Band is Roger Brown, Rick Wilson, and Kolin Brown and hails from the hills of Indiana. I’d love to tell you more, but the band seems to be traveling incognito, the only bio on the band website is Roger’s. The son of Raymond Brown he joined his dad’s band as a mandolin player while still a teenager, and formed Borrowed Tyme in 2015.Josh Woods is also listed as the banjo player on the album but not on the bands website.
All that said, it doesn’t seem to matter what hills they’re from, this band hails from the tradition of Flatt & Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers. Traditional sounds, well picked covers, and well written original tunes.
“Gold Watch And Chain”
The Stanley Brother’s are represented on this album by “Little Bessie” and Think Of What You’ve Done,” and Lester Flatt by “No Mother Or Dad,” and A.P. Carter by “Gold Watch And Chain.” These are tall standards to measure yourself against but the band’s originals do indeed measure well, especially backed by their fine picking and sweet harmonies.
Hopefully this debut album will rescue Borrowed Tyme from obscurity. A band this good shouldn’t be a secret. If you’re looking for an album of solid traditional bluegrass to kick your feet up to this is a fine place to start, give it a good listen!