Category: Reviews

Blue – Mountain Faith

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s a plain fact that Gospel music has always been a part of the bluegrass tradition. From the earliest days, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and The Stanley Brothers incorporated spirituals and hymns into their stage and radio shows, typically performed without banjo or fiddle […]


In the Wind Somewhere – Richard Bennett

| December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Although I’ve heard quite a few great albums this year, from both new and established artists, one of the strongest and most enjoyable is the newest release from Richard Bennett, In the Wind Somewhere. On this, his second project for eastern Kentucky’s Lonesome Day Records, […]


Nashville – The Osborne Brothers

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Although today, the Osborne Brothers are often recognized as symbols of traditional bluegrass, during much of their recording career, they were some of the most adventurous artists in the bluegrass world. They were using country instruments – electric bass, drums, steel guitar, piano – before […]


Forty Years Old – The Crowe Brothers

| December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

As the title of their latest album from Mountain Fever attests, The Crowe Brothers (Josh and Wayne) have been been performing together now for more than forty years. Brother duet harmony singing never seems to go out of style, and this pair is back with […]


Another Day From Life

| December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

When a new band finds prominence quickly, it’s not uncommon to wonder how they might weather the inevitable personnel swaps that occur in bluegrass. It’s especially true for a group that isn’t built primarily on the strength of a single member, like Joe Mullins & […]


Claire Lynch’s Holiday!

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Claire Lynch has had two projects on her wish list for a while – a CD of holiday songs and one filled with swing tunes. If the festive CD – Holiday! – is any indication of what happens when her musical wishes come true, I […]


No Trouble on Junior’s Trouble Follows Me

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Junior Sisk has been one of the most popular voices in traditional bluegrass over the past several years. Winning IBMA’s for Song of the Year and Album of the Year in 2012, named Male Vocalist of the Year in 2013, and being nominated for a host […]


Leaving This Town – Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass

| November 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Attention young bluegrass bands trying to figure out what is missing in your sound… Have a listen to Leaving This Town, the stellar new release from Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass on Randm Records. If you can generate a small portion of the passion and […]


Pull Your Savior In – Larry Stephenson Band

| November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

An album which begins with the vocal quartet of Larry Stephenson, Jimmy Fortune, David Parmley, and Dale Perry can’t help but be good, and Pull Your Savior In, the newest effort (and fifth all-Gospel project) from the Larry Stephenson Band, doesn’t disappoint. It serves as […]


Walking Distance – John Mailander

| November 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

John Mailander is the latest bright light in the fiddle world to emerge from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he has studied under the tutelage of Darol Anger and developed into an adventurous and extremely capable player. His debut solo album, Walking Distance, […]