The new, self-titled CD from Audie Blaylock and Redline won’t ship until 1/27/09, but with two singles from the project getting airplay currently from bluegrass radio, it is already generating some buzz from fans of traditional bluegrass music.
Audie made his name in bluegrass as a member of Jimmy Martin’s Sunny Mountain Boys, and during a long stint playing guitar with Rhonda Vincent & The Rage. He has assembled a group of extremely talented young pickers, and focuses here on the sort of hard-hitting bluegrass that has always been his strong suit.
The first single, Lonesome Weary Heart, charted on Sirius and XM and in Bluegrass Unlimited, and the new one, Whispering Waters was released just last week.
Here’s a taste…
Listen now: [http://media.libsyn.com/media/thegrasscast/whispering_waters_clip.mp3]
Carl Jackson contributes liner notes, and has high praise for the CD…
Many times these days, I hear people discussing what constitutes "bluegrass". You’ll hear one person claim something is "bluegrass" because of this or another state just as boldly that it’s not "bluegrass" because of that. Well, I’ve never been one to shy away from a good argument, but I can say one thing beyond a shadow of doubt and in only a few words. This new project by Audie Blaylock and Redline is not only "bluegrass"‚Ä¶ its GREAT bluegrass‚Ä¶ no argument‚Ä¶ end of discussion!!! I was blown away by the professionalism of Audie’s performance at IBMA Fanfest this past year and this album further confirms that he is a force to be reckoned with in the world of bluegrass music for years to come.
Joining Audie on guitar and lead vocals are the other members of Redline: Patrick McAvinue on fiddle, Evan Ward on banjo, Matt Wallace on bass and Jason Johnson on mandolin.
Pre-orders are being accepted now on Audie’s web site, with autographed copies offered with the first 200 orders.
UPDATE 12/16: You can catch a live interview with Audie tonight (12/16) at 7:00 p.m. (EST) on WorldWideBluegrass.com.