New CD roundup

Sometimes, new CDs and news of their releases, come in faster than we can post about them. Here is some information about a number of recent projects that may be of interest.

Rick Hayes - Fly By NightWe offered a few words about Rick Hayes’ debut solo project, not long ago on Bluegrass Today. The CD, Fly By Night, was released this week, and features Rick on mandolin and lead vocals, along with The Gibson Brothers, with whom he performs on a regular basis.

Audio samples from the CD, which also features Ron Stewart on banjo, Jim Van Cleve on fiddle, Josh Swift on resonator guitar and Rick on mandolin and bass and guitar, can be heard on the Rick Hayes web site.

Rick will be interviewed online this Saturday when he joins Gracie Muldoon on Catch Rick and Gracie on Muldoon with the Blue Moon on May 24 at 10:00 p.m.

Cant Wait - the Allegheny DriftersCan’t Wait, the the second CD from the Allegheny Drifters, was released in, April right on time for the Pennsylvania group’s 5th anniversary performing as a unit.

The band includes Bernie Cunningham on lead vocals/guitar, Bob Artis on baritone vocals/mandolin, Karen Artis on tenor vocals/bass and Keith Beaver on bass vocals/banjo, with guest artist Michael Cleveland on fiddle.

Audio samples from several tracks can be found on their web site, along with their summer schedule of live shows

The Jason Boone Band - I hear Mississippi CallingAlso celebrating their second CD release is The Jason Boone Band from the state of Mississippi. Their new project is I Hear Mississippi Calling, which highlights the strong tenor voice of the band’s namesake, along with Don Robinson on banjo and lead vocals, Johnny Rawls on bass, Lee Ely on mandolin and Jeff Boone on fiddle. Jason plays guitar.

The material is a mix of band originals and country/Gospel hits, all performed in a driving bluegrass style. This relatively new band, formed in 2004, has been making noise on the circuit since they first appeared, and their previous self-titled Gospel CD has been well received as well.

Audio samples can be found on CD Baby or in the iTunes Music Store.

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John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.