Tracking Summertown Road

Summertown Road - Jack Hicks, John Rigsby, Randy Thomas, Bo IsaacKaren Kouns of Main Street Entertainment has sent me some news about Summertown Road.

During the past few months the quartet – Jack Hicks (banjo), Randy Thomas (acoustic bass guitar), John Rigsby (mandolin and fiddle) and Bo Issac (guitar) – has been working on songs for their first album, which is to be released on the Rounder label within the next couple of months.

This past weekend, they were a huge success with their showcase performances at the SPBGMA Convention, in Nashville.

You can find video clips of 7 songs from their SPBGMA set for the good people at Good Home Grown Music online. Watching these clips allows a close appreciation of their individual and combined talents, and what we have to look forward to on their debut CD.

The songs on video include You’re Not That Easy To Forget, Workin’ Man’s Way, If I Win Or If I Lose, Talk To Your Heart, Fiddlin’ John and the instrumental, Going Home To See My Baby. All are expected to be of the aforementioned CD, as is the Osborne Brothers’ favorite, Rock Of Ages.

Jack Hicks spoke about recent developments…

“We have been working on this project ever since we got together. We had a couple of record deals but we just kept waiting on the best deal we could get. We think Rounder is the way to go. We appreciate what Rounder and Ken Irwin have and is going to do for us. Ken is constantly helping us with things that we would have never thought of. We are very humbled to have the experience and knowledge of such a reputable company. This is so much more than we could have ever asked for.

As for the project we have written a lot of the material on it. John wrote one, Bo wrote two (I’m Leaving You and For the Love of the Game), and myself and Shayla Huffman wrote five (including Fiddlin’ John – about John Rigsby – and Too Much Of A Good Thing), Karen Kouns, our booking agent, wrote one song (Winds of Change). We did one song that Tom T Hall wrote for us about Kentucky (That’s Kentucky).

We are nearing the finish of this project and have a big start on the next one with songs we have written. We hope it will be released sometime in early summer. Again we are very thankful for Ken Irwin and Rounder records for giving us this opportunity.”

The tracks were recorded at Hicks’ studio, Jacksplace. Mixing will by Steve Chandler at Hilltop studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

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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.