Review: “Wheels” by Dan Tyminski

This CD is Dan Tyminski’s second CD under his own name.  He has built up an excellent reputation as a member of  Union Station, and as the “voice” behind the song Man of Constant Sorrow, in the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou.”  Tyminski plays both guitar and mandolin, but it is his voice that I have always viewed as his greatest gift. This CD does not disappoint, as Dan does the lead vocals on all the tunes.


He is joined on this CD by Adam Steffey on mandolin, Barry Bales on Bass, Justin Moses on violin, and Ron Stewart on banjo. These players are all experienced, excellent musicians; but at times I felt there was so much talent that they were stepping on one another. I kept thinking, with the instrumental parts, let it breath a little.

Bluegrass runs the spectrum from traditional Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs style to the outer limits in bands like Crooked Still.  I’d put this CD as more progressive than traditional, almost bluegrass pop.  I took the time to Google reviews on this CD and found that generally these are very favorable, so take my restrained endorsement with a  grain of salt.

Rounder Records

David Angell

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