For my 764th review, I am proud to present the second album Lead Me Home by Camille Nelson a guitarist & violinist specializing in acoustic-driven folk music released August 18, 2017, on the Stone Angel Records label. This superb album blends elements of folk, classical, bluegrass, and new-age music and features relaxed, intricate acoustic guitar melodies of both traditional and original hymns accompanied by a string ensemble. This relaxing album features such great tracks as Amazing Grace, Be Thou My Vision (featuring Alex Sharpe), the title track Lead Me Home, Patterns Of Light, Be Still My Soul and so much more. This is a perfect album to listen to when you need to lower stress, pain and more because this is so relaxing. I was so impressed with how well this album was performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album to your music library and I am looking forward to hearing more from this amazing artist. You can purchase this album from Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby, and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 755th review, I am proud to announce the debut release Under The Mountain, a March 17, 2018 release by Dewey and Leslie Brown and the Carolina Gentlemen on the Liberty Showcase Records label. This amazing duo from Burlington, North Carolina features Dewey on Fiddle who has recorded on Grammy-nominated albums with artists such as Josh Turner, Dierks Bentley, Lee Ann Womack and many more. He has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry many times, played for The Queen of England, Dave Letterman Show, Carnegie Hall and many more prestigious venues and events but is as humble as they come. and his wife Leslie on Bass who brings her upbringing in the Appalachian Mountains plays a major role in her songwriting with both sharing in the vocals and harmonies along with Tim Spence on guitar, Brandon Henson on banjo and Kendall Gales on mandolin. This debut bluegrass album features such great tracks as No Mountain Girl, Dry Fork Holler, White River Junction, Darlin Man Of Mine, Pickin Grinin and so much more. This album was well written, recorded, performed and produced. This is a great addition to your bluegrass library. You can find this album on Amazon, Itunes and everywhere CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
True Grass is the new single by Pinecastle recording artists Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road. The song will be featured on the band’s upcoming album dropping later this year and is a mixture of country and bluegrass. The song also features well-known bluegrass favorites like Junior Sisk and Danny Paisley. Affectionately known as the “Lady of Tradition” in bluegrass, Lorraine has fronted Carolina Road for over 15 years. The band’s distinct sound and old-time flair can be attributed to the bluegrass-rich area of North Carolina from which they hail and borrow their name. As the founding member and bandleader for Carolina Road, Lorraine Jordan’s showmanship and chemistry with the audience make the group one of the most popular bands among bluegrass fans today. I expect to see this song hit the top ten on the country charts. This song was well written, performed, recorded and produced.
Songs Of The Mountains Songs Of The Plains is a great album by The Roe Family Singers, a Good-Time, Old-Time Hillbilly band from the tiny community of Kirkwood Hollow, MN which features husband-wife team Kim and Quillan Roe which will be released May 4, 2018 on the Pinecastle Records label featuring banjo, Autoharp, guitar, and Appalachian clogging, the band and family of fans have shared the stage with Doc Watson, Ralph Stanley, Mike Seeger, Del McCoury, the Grascals, and Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur. I enjoyed this album from start to finish with great vocals, harmonies and instrumentation with such tracks as Pretty Fair Maid In The Garden, John The Messenger, Ol’ Rattler, The Road Is Rocky, Walk Softly On This Heart Of Mine (written by Bill Monroe and made famous by The Kentucky Headhunters) and so much more. Five of the tracks on this album are originals and was well performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album to anyone that is a fan of bluegrass and you will be able to purchase this album from Amazon, Itunes, and everywhere else that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Next New Heartbreak is the debut album by North Carolina singer and multi-instrumentalist Brad Hudson released November 3, 2017, on the Pinecastle Records label. Brad Hudson has spent years working for the Parton family at Dollywood and has also done a stint at the Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge, TN. I was impressed with his voice and his songwriting ability as shown with such tracks as Ramblers Song, the title track Next New Heartbreak, Truckers Blues, Smokey Mountain Strong, and much more as well as Appalachian Memories, a duet with Dolly Parton which she also co-wrote with Brad. This album is well written (all tracks were written or co-written by Brad Hudson), performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album to your bluegrass library and can be purchased from Amazon, Itunes, Pinecastle Records and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
A Storyteller’s Memory is a November 13, 2017 album by Remington Ryde who pays tribute to the late Bluegrass storyteller, James King with their take on King’s most popular releases. Remington Ryde consists of Ryan Frankhouser on guitar, Billy Lee Cox on banjo, Jim Treat on bass and Stanley Efaw on mandolin with all of them sharing the vocals. This great album was released November 13, 2017 on the Pinecastle Records label which includes great vocals and foot stomping instrumentation with such tracks as Days Of Grey & Black, Thirty Years Of Farmin’, Leavin’, Old Swinging Bridge and much more as well as a bonus track It’s A Cold, Cold World by James King originally recorded on Webco Records and re-released for the first time here. I was impressed with how well this album was performed, recorded and produced. This great album is available from Amazon, Itunes, Pinecastle Records and everywhere CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Spirits In The Hills is a great album by The Wilson Banjo Co., a hard-driving Bluegrass band from South Carolina consisting of Steve Wilson on banjo, Joey Newton on guitar, Sarah Logan on fiddle, Brandon Couch on Mandolin, Dylan Armour on Dobro, and Michael Branch on bass with each member contributing on vocals. I enjoyed this album from start to finish as they set out to deliver an energetic display of traditional bluegrass music, backed by the notorious drive that Wilson Banjo Co. fans have come to know and love with such great tracks as Catfish John, the title track Spirits In The Hills, Carolina In The Pines, I’ll Stay Around, Shiner’s Mountain and so much more. I was very impressed with how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. If you are a bluegrass fan like I am you will want to own this album which was released on October 27, 2017, on the Bonfire Records Company label and distributed by Pinecastle Records, which can be purchased from Amazon, http://www.wilsonbanjo.com, Target, and other locations where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 744th review, I am proud to present Colors, a July 21, 2017 album by The Farm Hands which is one of the most exciting and in demand bluegrass bands in America released on the Pinecastle Records label. With over 50 national awards and nominations, this album shows their amazing vocals, harmonies, and instrumentation. I enjoyed this album from start to finish with such tracks as #1 song and 2018 song of the year Rural Route, Bible In The Drawer, Nashville Skyline Rag, They Don’t Make Em Like My Daddy Anymore and so much more. I was very impressed with how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album to your bluegrass library. You can purchase this album from Amazon, Itunes, their website https://www.farmhandsquartet.com and everywhere else where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Denver Snow is the upcoming album by Flashback, a bluegrass supergroup featuring former member’s of The 1995 Grammy Nominated Flashback version of J.D Crowe And The NewSouth to be released May 4, 2018, on the Pinecastle Records label. The group features Don Rigsby, Richard Bennett and Curt Chapman from the original Flashback band along with Stuart Wyrick. This amazing album had my foot tapping in three speeds drive, faster and are you kidding…lol, which such great tracks as Moonshine, the title track Denver Snow, Without Mentioning Your Name, Born To Be With You, One Morning In May and so much more. This release was well written, recorded, performed and produced. This is a bluegrass album you will want to add to your library. This will be available purchase on May 4th from Amazon, Itunes, Target, and everywhere else where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Eddy Raven, country star turned country-grasser has released his album All Grassed Up along with the bluegrass band Carolina Road to transform some of Raven’s hit country songs with new bluegrass arrangements which were released July 21, 2017, on the Pinecastle Records label. Many of the songs on the album will be familiar to fans with such classic hits as I Got Mexico, Bayou Boys, Operator Operator, Thank God For Kids, and so much more. I have also been blown away with such tracks as the title track All Grassed Up, Too Wet To Plow, one of my favorite bluegrass tracks Rollin’ In My Sweet Baby’s Arms and so much more. This album had my foot tapping from start to finish and was impressed with how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. If you are a big bluegrass fan as I am, you will definitely want to add this great album to your bluegrass collection. You can purchase this great album from Amazon, Itunes, and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.