What Kind Of Love has been released as the debut single from the upcoming project by Kevin Richardson & Cutting Edge, due August 7 on Mountain Fever.
Richardson came to the attention of the wider bluegrass world as guitarist and harmony vocalist with the Larry Stephenson Band this past four years. He is stepping out front now with his own band: Boyd Hulin on mandolin, Scott Burgess on bass, and Chris Ward on banjo.
Larry is unstinting in his praise for his former guitar man.
“Kevin might be the best at what he does for his generation of guitar players and singers. If you don’t believe me just listen to my 20th Anniversary CD and his new What Really Matters CD. Kevin spent almost 4 years with me and I enjoyed him as a person as much I did his playing and singing.”
Richardson had also worked previously for Lou Reid, who likewise speaks highly of Kevin, and his new album.
“I knew from the very start that Kevin was a really good singer, guitarist and songwriter and would fit my group, Carolina, like a glove. After receiving three songs from Kevin’s new recording, I can see that he is ready for his professional solo career with his band Cuttin’ Edge. The recording is excellent with tight vocals and the music is smooth but with lots of punch. I can’t wait to hear Kevin’s entire project and I know that the bluegrass music fans will love it too!”
Judging from the single, their sound is aggressive and muscular, solidly in the contemporary bluegrass mainstream. Here’s a taste:
What Kind Of Love: [http://traffic.libsyn.com/thegrasscast/kind_of_love.mp3]
The track is available to radio programmers from Airplay Direct.
Look for Kevin Richardson & Cutting Edge on an upcoming episode of Song Of The Mountains on PBS.