Bluegrass fans having been awaiting Never Thought Of Looking Back, banjo man Terry Baucom’s second solo project, for some time. A debut single, What’ll I Do, was released in March, and has spent several weeks at or near the top of our Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay chart much of the summer.
The CD is due August 20 from John Boy & Billy Records, who have released a new single to radio, a song sure to warm the hearts of traditional grassers. It’s called Martha White, Lester and Earl, written by Bauc’s former Boone Creek bandmate Wes Golding, and was composed especially for Terry. Wes says that it’s actually based on his memories of playing music with Baucom when they were younger.
Marty Raybon delivers a passionate vocal performance, with support from Terry on banjo, Wyatt Rice on guitar, Sam Bush on mandolin, Aubrey Haynie on fiddle, and another Boone Creek bandmate, Steve Bryant on bass. Buddy Melton sings tenor and Bauc takes the baritone.
Other songs include contributions from Tim Stafford, who both co-wrote and sings I’m Sorry Too; two from Milan Miller (Carry Me Back To Carolina and What’ll I Do); a pair of Bill Monroe numbers, and two co-writes with Jon Weisberger.
Terry calls on some of his long-time bluegrass buddies to handle lead vocals. Sam Bush, Larry Cordle, John Cowan, David Mayfield, Buddy Melton, John Schneider and Jon Randall Stewart all take the lead on at least one track.
The new single, and the entire album, is available for download now to radio programmers at Airplay Direct. CDs will be shipped this week to radio and reviewers.
Never Thought Of Looking Back will be offered for sale August 20 from iTunes and the John Boy & Billy web store.