Rebel Records has released a single, Bluefield West Virginia Blues, from their upcoming album by Big Country Bluegrass. It’s a new song from Tom T. & Dixie Hall and Troy Engle, telling of a time when Tom T. encountered an exceptional banjo player who he didn’t have a chance to meet.
It’s one of two songs by the Halls that will be included on Country Livin’, due June 9 from this popular Virginia band. Like so many artists in bluegrass, Big Country Bluegrass had a long relationship with Miss Dixie Hall, and had recorded many of her songs during their career before she passed away earlier this year.
Founding member and mandolinist Tommy Sells shared a sentiment from the group…
“Miss Dixie was a dear friend who loved and supported our music so much. Her wonderful contributions, not only to us but to bluegrass music as a whole, were beyond measure.”
Their arrangement is driven by Lynwood Lunsford’s tasty D-tuning banjo, and concludes with his version of Green Mountain Hop, Don Reno’s classic rendering of Black Mountain Rag in D.
Big Country Bluegrass is Tommy Sells on mandolin, Teresa Sells on guitar, Lynwood Lunsford on banjo, Tony King on bass, Eddie Gill on guitar, and Tim Laughlin on fiddle.
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