Category: Reviews

Gary Reid is Carter Stanley

| September 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Gary Reid has long had a reputation as a serious student of The Stanley Brothers. Having written the liner notes for several CD editions of Stanley music, both Carter and Ralph’s and Ralph’s alone, his name is closely associated with theirs. He’s also written a book on their […]

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Brokeland Bullets – Heartbroke

| September 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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This review marks the first installment from a new contributor, Stu Vincent. Stu will help us stay abreast of the European bluegrass scene, and we thank him for his efforts to do so. Let me start with a very simple statement – Scandinavian Bluegrass is HOT!! […]

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One Song Romance – Michael Barnett

| September 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Modern American string music, in the folk rather than classical tradition, has a number of hot spots around the country. The lure of commercial work brings a good many talented young practitioners to Nashville, where they often band together or find employment with successful artists. […]

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Crowe, Lawson, & Williams are still Standing Tall and Tough

| August 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Standing tall. A classic idiom we have all heard and probably used. By definition, the phrase means “being proud of yourself and confident in your abilities.” Different from boasting, standing tall exudes self-assurance, often in the face of adversity. When discussing the music of three members […]

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Cold Spell – Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

| August 28, 2014 | 1 Comment
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Fans of Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen’s live show will certainly enjoy the band’s latest effort, Cold Spell, a ten-track collection out now from Compass Records. The songs here are full of the group’s impressive musicianship – lots of extended instrumental solos, rock-influenced grooves, and […]

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The Meyerband

| August 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before… A talented group of siblings dedicate their youth to bluegrass music and attract attention for their skill and depth of understanding while still in their teens. Meyerband, previously know as Meyer Bluegrass Band, has released a debut […]

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Wanderlust – The Davidson Brothers

| August 20, 2014 | 1 Comment
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While they generate headlines in their native Australia, The Davidson Brothers aren’t nearly as well known in the US, something they hope to remedy with their showcase appearances at the 2014 World of Bluegrass convention coming up next month. And with their latest album, Wanderlust, […]

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Album of the Week #37: The Boys From Indiana’s Atlanta Is Burning

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Few bluegrass acts have dominated the Midwest, primarily the OKI (Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana) region, as The Boys From Indiana did in the late seventies. Known for their lively stage shows and strong original songs, The Boys From Indiana were one of the top festival acts […]

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5 String Flamethrower – Rob McCoury

| August 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
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What a golden age we’re in for banjo recordings! After years of anticipation, it’s Rob McCoury of the Del McCoury Band, joining recent wonderful banjo recordings by the Foggy Mountain Special Earl Scruggs Tribute team, Charlie Cushman, Noam Pikelny and others. I’ve known Rob since […]

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Carolina Memories – Gentlemen of Bluegrass

| August 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
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In bluegrass music, we have a King and a Queen, a Father and Daughters. What’s next? Gentlemen, perhaps. Recently making their debut on Pinecastle Records are the Gentlemen of Bluegrass, a North Carolina-based group with a strong, smooth traditional sound. Their new album, Carolina Memories, […]

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