Category: Reviews

Captivated – Ashley Lewis

| April 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Fans of Sierra Hull and Alison Krauss who have been waiting impatiently for new albums from their favorite ethereal-voiced songstresses may be able to find a fix in the new album from Ashley Lewis. Lewis, a mandolin player and singer whose combination of delicate yet […]

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Dancin’ Annie – Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie

| April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
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A couple of things come quickly to mind while listening to Dancin’ Annie, the new Rural Rhythm release from Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie. The first is that the passage of time hasn’t slowed one of bluegrass music’s steadiest banjo pickers. He still covers the […]

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Here Comes Feller & Hill… Again!

| April 9, 2014 | 1 Comment
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“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That’s the type of approach Tom Feller and Chris Hill took on their sophomore album, Here Comes Feller & Hill… Again! Following the success of their self-titled debut, Feller & Hill are back, with more of the same. Tom […]

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Motley – Andy Lowe

| April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments
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For his debut solo album, North Carolina banjo man Andy Lowe could have taken the easy route and released a solid collection of Scruggs tunes, mixed in with a few originals and vocal numbers. He certainly has the banjo skills to handle it. Instead, Lowe […]

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Randy Cook & Commonwealth Bluegrass Band

| April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
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There’s a certain satisfaction in pressing play and hearing straightforward, modern traditional bluegrass music. While boundary-stretching can certainly open doors to new fans and it’s always interesting to hear new innovations and styles, it’s also nice to come across a band that knows their way […]

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Appalachian Angel – Holly Norman

| April 3, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Holly Norman is a bluegrass singer/songwriter from East Tennessee near Knoxville. And what a Southern gal she is! Her bio reads like something from central casting. At the University of Tennessee, she was a featured twirler for the UT Southland Marching Band where she performed before […]

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Nickel Creek Comes Back Strong

| April 2, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Now comes a perfectly named CD: Nickel Creek’s A Dotted Line. The 10-song project and tour is the band’s first since taking what was called “an indefinite hiatus” in 2007. Think of that dotted line as an ellipsis – three little dots that represent a […]

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Staggerin’ Blues – Grayson County Daredevils

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Few places in the United States are more associated with traditional music than southwest Virginia. It’s the home of the Stanleys and the Carters, with a rich history of old time fiddlers and string bands. One of the latest “new” groups to embrace these historic […]

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Let It Go – Infamous Stringdusters

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
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All too often, bands sound their best in the studio. They bring in super pickers to augment or replace regular band members and rely on technology and a great engineer to deliver a sound they can’t possibly replicate on the stage. The result often leaves […]

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Radio Shows – Jim & Jesse & the Virginia Boys

| March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Bluegrass fans under the age of 50 could be excused for not understanding the crucial role radio played in the development of our music. Those under 30 won’t even recall a time when their favorite music wasn’t just a click away, or the agony of […]

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