Lorraine Jordan’s most recent CD, Carolina Hurricane, is another that we’ve been meaning to highlight this past few months. It’s her second with her current edition of her touring band, Carolina Road, and they play with the sort of comfort and authority that only comes with repetition.
Jordan plays mandolin and sings lead, with Ben Greene on banjo, Josh Goforth on fiddle, Brad Hudson on bass, and Dustin Benson on guitar. Like all her previous efforts, the music is straightforward and unpretentious – unapologetically traditional bluegrass, played and sung in the old time way.
Lorraine first hit the national scene with her Daughters Of Bluegrass projects, which brought together dozens of female grassers – many of them unheralded – for three CDs, two of which won awards from the IBMA. The Homecoming Bluegrass Festival is another of her projects, held in November of each year in Burlington, NC.
On Carolina Hurricane, we get a sample of the sort of down home, what-you-see-is-what-you-get style that is her stock in trade, as in this clearly autobiographical number, Lady Of Tradition.
Lorraine and her boys also do a bang-up job on this Gospel number, with Josh Goforth laying down some mean fingerstyle guitar.
Jesus Is My Rock: [http://traffic.libsyn.com/thegrasscast/jesus_is_my_rock.mp3]
And here’s a video of them performing another song from the CD, You Won’t Ever Forget Me:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFQtAS83MJM
You can hear more audio samples on the Rural Rhythm web site, or in iTunes.