Over at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass, part of the Country Standard Time site, I have posted my review of the latest from the Lonesome River Band. Give a click to link in to it. It is a very strong, conventional bluegrass release.
My review of the very well-intended and expertly executed benefit disc for the IBMA Trust Fund is up at Country Standard Time/Fervor Coulee Bluegrass. I certainly think the album is more than worth your time.
Sideline Front and Center Mountain Home Music Company Well, there’s thirteen hundred and fifty two Guitar pickers in Nashville And they can pick more notes than the number of ants On a Tennessee ant hill… –John Sebastian, 1966 The same could be said for North Carolina, home base of Sideline. With three… Continue reading Sideline- Front and Center review
Sideline has a new album coming soon. Entitled Front and Center, the album will serve as the group’s first for Mountain Home and I am fortunate to have a copy in-hand. The album has at least five top-notch songs that I can recall after only a pair of listens. The best may be one entitled “Lysander… Continue reading New bluegrass from Sideline
Balsam Range It’s Christmas Time Mountain Home Music Company Considering I’ve yet to experience the group in concert, I would still place Balsam Range on my list of contemporary ‘top ten’ bluegrass bands. I’ve written about them several times (Here, here, here, here, and again here) and I am certain they have never disappointed me… Continue reading Balsam Range- It’s Christmas Time review
The Grascals Before Breakfast Mountain Home Music Company The Grascals can be counted on to deliver, every eighteen months or so, another collection of mountain solid, formidable and smooth bluegrass. Over nine albums and one very fun EP, The Grascals have consistently been one of bluegrass music’s stellar outfits. While not everything they have ever… Continue reading The Grascals- Before Breakfast review
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Life Is A Story Mountain Home Music Company Let’s be honest up front, and I trust that is why you visit Fervor Coulee—Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver were one of the first bluegrass bands I experienced (on album) and I have spent many hours enjoying their music. When I first encountered them… Continue reading Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver- Life Is A Story review
Chris Jones & the Night Drivers Made to Move Mountain Home Music Company It is ridiculous that we expect groups and artists to constantly out-do themselves from one album to the next. Once a pinnacle is reached, perhaps we should be pleased when a group simply maintains their standards. Therefore, I’m not going to suggest… Continue reading Chris Jones & the Night Drivers- Made to Move review
My review of the sixth album of new material from Darin and Brooke Aldridge has been posted to Country Standard Review. They have become one of bluegrass music’s most reliable acts. http://www.countrystandardtime.com/d/cdreview.asp?xid=6272 will get you there. Donald
Over the past decade, Balsam Range has become one of the most played and rewarded bluegrass bands. I’ve written about them many times, and have reviewed their latest album over at Lonesome Road Review. My review of Five is linked through here. I reviewed their album with John Driskell Hopkins here. My review of Papertown… Continue reading Balsam Range- Hillbilly Voodoo review