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Front Country- Other Love Songs review   Leave a comment

Other Love Songs My review of Front Country’s second album has been posted at Lonesome Road Review.

I am surprised to find that I hadn’t reviewed their previous album Sake of the Sound, although I did write Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman’s album in a rather long-winded piece written during the fall of 2013. Just because of the nature of the albums, I prefer Sake of the Sound to Other Love Songs, but this second album is very strong.

Many years ago and as part of a side conversation during a bluegrass jam, an acquaintance and I traded thoughts about the possibilities of mixing elements of bluegrass, specifically the acoustic instrumentation built around five instruments, and rock and roll. This was post-O, Brother and around the time OCMS was starting to break. We decided that there had to be a market for acoustic rock ‘n’ roll, that is music that thematically and topically fit closer to rock and pop than it did bluegrass or country, but which was played on acoustic instruments while embracing elements of the folk and ‘grass traditions.

Front Country’s Other Love Songs might have been imagining.



The Best of Bluegrass, Autumn 2013   2 comments

untitledOver at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass, I’ve posted a piece including my reflections on some of the finest albums to be released these last couple months. will get you there. Let’s see: I touch on albums released by Alan Jackson, David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Si Kahn, Del McCoury Band, Junior Sisk & Joe Mullins, Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman, Terry Baucom, and Robbie Fulks, not to mention Mike Plume, Martyn Joseph, and the Ron Davies tribute. I may not be writing, but you can’t accuse me of not listening.

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