The Crowe Brothers are Bridging The Gap

Rural Rhythm Records recently announced the release of the Crowe Brothers’ album, Bridging The Gap (RUR 1087).

Maggie Valley’s Crowe Brothers have followed their 2008 CD for Rural Rhythm, Brothers-N-Harmony, with a second collection that shows off their talents as standard bearers in the long heritage of sibling harmony singers that have graced bluegrass and country music history going back to the 1920s.

Bridging The Gap features 13 songs, and Josh Crowe is particularly excited about this recording.

“One of our biggest thrills with the album is a new version of the # 1 hit single on the Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Song Chart, The Winds Are Blowing in Maggie Valley.

Another Josh Crowe favorite, Grandma’s Little Boardside Cabin, is included along with David McLaughlin’s I’m Going Back to Old Virginia, a song that Josh and David included on their 1993 release Going Back.

Others, such as Steve Watts’ He Could Pick the Hound, Tucker Smith’s Eighteen Wheels, Art Priebe’s Trusting In My Lord and If I Had My Life To Live Over from the Public Domain, were chosen to accentuate the brothers’ fine vocals.

Joining the Crowe Brothers was an all-star group of bluegrass musicians who have won Grammy, IBMA and/or SPBGMA awards including, Randy Kohrs [resophonic guitar], Steve Sutton [banjo], Ashby Frank [mandolin], Brian Blaylock [mandolin and lead guitar], and album co-producer/fiddle and mandolin player Steve Thomas.

Josh and Wayne were really enthused by the assistance that they had in the studio..

“We enjoyed having Randy help us with the project. Steve was also a really solid contributor to the final product.”

And Bridging the Gap? The title comes from how the Crowe Brothers have approached their music on this CD. As Josh tells it:

“We reached back into the standard songs of bluegrass and then blended in some more original/fresh acoustic sounds. Essentially bridging the gap between the days of old and the sounds of today and beyond. We are definitely excited about the project and hope everyone will enjoy our efforts.”

Full track listing – He Could Pick the Hound, Snow Woman, Eighteen Wheels, If I Had My Life To Live Over, Wayward Heart, Southern Moon, I Knew It Wasn’t You (The Telephone Song), Trusting In My Lord, Grandma’s Little Boardside Cabin, If It Takes More Than Love To Hold You, The Winds Are Blowing in Maggie Valley, I’m Going Back to Old Virginia and God Has Been So Good To Me.

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.

  • Dennis Jones

    This is a fantastic effort from the Brothers. Great harmonies and the songs are perfect for them. Steve Sutton just hammers the 5-String. Josh and Wayne deserve to have an International spotlight shone on them, they are a real Western North Carolina treasure.