Category: Reviews

Pray For Rain – Blue Mafia

| February 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Blue Mafia really caught my attention with their 2013 debut CD, My Cold Heart. It boasted of three strong lead singers, and a powerful new songwriting voice, plus the sort of dynamic guitar playing that sets the tracks on fire. Over the past two years, the […]

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Brotherhood – The Gibson Brothers

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
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In debates surrounding regional chauvinism in the roots of bluegrass music, New York’s Gibson Brothers are often posited as modern exemplars of a sound that isn’t dominated by cultural and musical conventions of the American south. It’s true that their music is based on a brother […]

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Snapshots – Darin & Brooke Aldridge

| February 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Largely thanks to cheerful love songs like Corn, Lonely Ends Where Love Begins, and That’s Just Me Loving You, husband and wife duo Darin and Brooke Aldridge have become known as the “Sweethearts of Bluegrass.” While there are a few love songs on their latest […]

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That Was Then – Springfield Exit

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments
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One of my biggest gripes as a lover of bluegrass music is to hear terrific picking and singing on a CD only to hear that the band in question can’t replicate that sound – or even come close – on the stage. Such bands would […]

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Times Are Not What They Used To Be – Poor Valley Girls

| February 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The Carter Family is almost ubiquitous in every variety of traditional music – and even some more mainstream genres. It’s difficult to find a bluegrass, folk, or old-time musician who hasn’t recorded a song the Carters made famous, and artists like Carter in-law Johnny Cash […]

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Fiddlin’ Billy Hurt – all the fiddle you can handle

| February 12, 2015 | 0 Comments
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I suppose I should admit to a bias right up front. Billy Hurt, Jr. is a good friend of mine, and one of my favorite fiddlers in all of bluegrass and old time music. We’ve played a lot of music together, talked a lot more, […]

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Introducing Cardboard Fox

| February 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Bath, England is the latest foreign locale to contribute a group to the international bluegrass scene. Acoustic quartet Cardboard Fox has recently released its debut, self-titled EP. A collection of four band originals, the EP offers listeners a brief taste of the band’s bluegrass-tinged folk […]

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Live at the Old Feed Store – Chris Jones & the Night Drivers

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Live albums usually fall in one of two camps. Sometimes, even with the most talented bands, the songs come off flat and lifeless, perhaps thanks to the musicians taking too much care to sound ‘perfect.’ Other times, the recording perfectly captures the energy and groove […]

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The School of Bluegrass is ‘In Session’

| February 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Contrary to popular belief, East Tennessee State University and other centers of higher learning which feature academic courses in bluegrass music are not “The School of Bluegrass.” That distinction undoubtedly belongs to hall of famer, Doyle Lawson, and his band, Quicksilver. Many of the top bluegrass […]

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Daniel Greeson – 15 Fiddle Tunes

| February 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The latest release from Patuxent Records’ astounding youth movement is a self-titled fiddle album from Jamestown, NC bowman Daniel Greeson. For a musician not yet 18 years old, Mr. Greeson displays a remarkable command of bluegrass fiddle, and of the classic tunes and sterling players […]

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