We posted last week with news about In A Groove, the upcoming debut CD from Terry Baucom.
It’s hard to even comprehend describing a “debut” project for a 40 year veteran in the bluegrass music world. Terry got his start right out of high school in the summer of 1970, playing fiddle with the great Charlie Moore. He hit the scene as a power picking banjo man with Boone Creek in 1977, where he was prominently featured on their two CDs, Boone Creek and One Way Track.
But that wasn’t the only time Bauc was involved in the startup of an influential new band. He was on the ground floor when Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver emerged in 1979, and again with IIIrd Tyme Out in 1991, both seminal institutions that are still going strong today.
Anyone with a 40 year track record of artistic credibility like Terry’s surely can have any guest artists he wants for a solo CD, and Bauc used this project to engineer the first recorded reunion of the original Quicksilver band since 1982. Doyle Lawson, Jimmy Haley, Lou Reid and Terry assembled in the studio and cut a fine new Gospel song by Cody Shuler, their first such track since Quicksilver Rides Again.
My Eyes Shall Be On Canaansland: [http://traffic.libsyn.com/thegrasscast/dlq_clip.mp3]
In A Groove will be released March 28 on the John Boy & Billy label. Through their popular syndicated radio program, The Big Show, John Boy & Billy have provided an audience for bluegrass and acoustic music, opening their studios to the likes of Earl Scruggs, The Del McCoury Band, Jerry Douglas and more.
They are also long time supporters of Terry and Cindy Baucom. Big Show staff handle syndication for Cindy’s Knee Deep In Bluegrass program, and produced Terry’s 2007 banjo DVD, Driving With The Duke.
Despite his early reputation as a fiddler, Baucom admits he doesn’t draw the bow as much these days, choosing to focus all his musical energy on the banjo. For the new CD, he has brought in Jason Carter of the Del McCoury Band and Travelin’ McCourys to lay down the fiddle.
Terry also reprises his role as a part singer, contributing bass, baritone and lead vocals on the various tracks, just as he had done with Boone Creek, Quicksilver, and IIIrd Tyme Out. He even gets to join Ron Stewart in that elite club of hard driving banjo players who have tenored Adam Steffey in the studio!
With so many stellar guests and historic groupings, In A Groove sounds like one for the ages. Maybe that’s why it has taken 40 years to record?