Review: Don Rigsby & Midnight Call, “Voice of God”

I read somewhere, “Don has a rich heritage and a lifelong experience in traditional music and continues to propel it into the next generation with his love and dedication to preseving the sounds of old.” Just to read that statement makes me respect and want to hear him again.

Born February 18, 1968, Don Rigsby is a powerful tenor singer, and distinctive mandolin picker. I truly love his mandolin delivery to kick off, One More Prayer Away,” That track got my attention immediately. Great song!

From Isonville, Kentucky, this cousin of Ricky Skaggs really delivers with this CD. His vocals and instrumentation will impress anyone, bluegrass fans or otherwise. Crystal clear vocals and tasteful instrumentation, along with great selections make this CD a must have!

“I Am An Orphan Child”

The song, “Foregiveness” has a country flavor and Mary Magdalene” has somewhat of a folk song flavor. Eveything here is great and in good taste. I also especially liked “He Done What He Said,” “Then Y’Ain’t,” Gospel according to Luke,” “Orphan Child,” “The Lord Will Provide,” and “Leaning on the Son.” It is difficult to decide which songs I liked the best on this CD, as all cuts are excellent.

I previously knew his music from his playing with The Bluegrass Cardinals, J.D. Crowe, and The Lonesome River Band<. He again assures me that the future of traditional bluegrass music looks bright with amazing talent and professionalism. Hats off, Don! You make me proud to be a bluegrass music fan.

Steve Brandt

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