God Bless The Grass by The Malvinas

God Bless The Grass is an April 21. 2017 release by The Malvinas a bluegrass trio named after Malvina Reynolds consisting of  Beth Cahill (vocals, guitar, and mandolin), Gina Forsyth (vocals, guitar, and fiddle) and Lisa Markley (vocals, guitar, and banjo), with additional instrumentation from Graham Duncan. The trio harmonizes gorgeously and all are excellent players. This is their third album and Soona Songs Record label and a mixture of bluegrass, Americana, and pop.  Among the great songs on this thirteen track album is Crow, the title track God Bless The Grass, I Ought To Know, Surrender Love and much more.  This album was well performed, recorded and produced and is available to purchase at Soonasongs.com, CD Baby, Amazon and everywhere else that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Little Blue Car by Marilyn Duncan

Little Blue Car is the third album by local artists Marilyn Duncan released on the Soona Songs Records label.  This is her first album in eleven years and is a mixture of bluegrass, Americana, and country with little feel of blues and jazz.  Among the great songs on this eleven track album are the title track Little Blue Car, Hold On, 56 Year Collection, On My Own, The River and much more.  This album was well written, performed, recorded. and produced.  I recommend you check out this album on Spotify and then purchase it at Amazon, Itunes, Soonasongs.com and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Echo In The Valley by Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Echo In The Valley is the sophomore album by Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn the multi-talented couple dubbed “King & Queen of the banjo”.  This great album is due to be released October 20, 2017, on the Rounder Records label.  This album is what I call relaxing bluegrass with such great tracks as Over The Divide, Don’t Let It Bring You Down, If I Could Talk To A Younger Me, On This Winding Road and much more.  I was very impressed with how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produce.  I recommend this album to one’s bluegrass library.

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In The Ground by The Gibson Brothers

For my 545th review, I am proud to present the album In The Ground by the bluegrass group The Gibson Brothers released February 2017 on the Rounder Records label. I have been a fan of bluegrass for a long time. This album has great pickin, vocals, and harmonies in such tracks as Highway, Homemade Wine, I Can’t Breathe Deep Yet, Little Girl and so much more.  I am so impressed with how well this album was recorded, produced, performed and written. This great album is available for purchase on Amazon, Itunes and everywhere else that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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The Long Awaited Album by Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers

The Long Awaited Album is the second collaborative album by Comedian/Actor/Banjo Artist Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers a North Carolina bluegrass group released September 22. 2017 on the Rounder Records label.  The first track Santa Fe got my foot to go stomping in overdrive.  The rest of the tracks is a mixture of bluegrass and an Irish sound.  Among the rest of the tracks, my favorite songs on this album are Office Supplies, Angeline The Barista, Girl From River Run and Promontory Point.  This release was well written, performed, recorded and produced.  I recommend this album to anyone’s bluegrass library.

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Blessed: Hymns And Songs Of Faith by Bradley Walker

For my 536th review, I am proud to announce the release of the album Blessed: Hymns and Songs of Faith by gospel and country artist Bradley Walker released September 6, 2017, on the Gaither Music Group Records label.  Listening to this album, I hear gospel, country and bluegrass and a richness in Bradley’s voice. This album features such guests as Vince Gill, Oak Ridge Boys, Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent.   and so much more.  Among my favorite tracks on this fourteen track album was Bradley’s rendition of Amazing Grace, as well as I Will Someday, I’ll Fly Away, The Old Rugged Cross, Say Something and so much more.  This album was well performed, recorded and produced.  You can purchase this album on Amazon and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Relapse by James Carothers

For my 500th music review, I am honored to review this great album by James Carothers named Relapse which was released on May 5, 2017 on the Renegade Mountain Records label.  This album reminds me of the sounds of such great artists as Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and David Allan Coe with this classic country and a little of bluegrass sound.  Listening to this album, I was very impressed with his booming baritone voice and the musicians that backed him up on this album.  Some of the tracks on this album that I really was attracted to were the title track Relapse, Can’t You Feel the Spirit, Colt 45, I’ve Always Been Crazy, Possum Holler Pickup Jam and much more. If you want to listen to this great artist before you by the CD,  check out this great video on youtube https://youtu.be/VG3U6ALZo2A which is the track Back To Hank.  I was also impressed on how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced.  This is an album you will want to add to your country music library.  You can purchase this great album at Amazon, jamescarothers.com and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.

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Rattle and Roar by The Earl of Leicester

Rattle and Roar is the second review I have written for the bluegrass band The Earls of Leicester, an all-star band, punningly named for Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt, released on July 15, 2016, on Rounder Records.  Thing morning I decided to listen to this one while I was having my morning cup of coffee and it woke me up more than my cup of coffee. My foot went into the full tapping mode and I  bet if I were standing up, I would go into a full clogging mode.  The songs I loved the most off this album were The Train That Carried My Girl From Town, Why Did You Wander?, Will You Be Lonesome Too, and Flint Hill Special.  There was a great song to waltz to Branded Wherever We I Go on this album.  This album is well performed, recorded and produced by Jerry Douglas.  I highly recommend this album to anyone’s bluegrass library.

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What If by The Jerry Douglas Band

What If is the debut album by The Jerry Douglas Band, led by 14-time Grammy Award-winning musician Jerry Douglas to be released on August 18, 2017 via the Rounder Records label.  What If merges jazz inclinations with the bluegrass, country, blues, swing, rock, and soul.  This has a sound that I have never heard of before.  My favorite tracks off this eleven track albums are Freemantle, The Last Wild Moor, and Hot Country 84.5.  I was also impressed by Jerry’s version of the Jimi Hendrix classic Hey Joe.  This release was well performed, recorded and produced.  Whether you are a fan of jazz or bluegrass, you will want to add this album to your library.

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Original Traditional by Blue Highway

Original Traditional is the thirteenth studio album by Blue Highway, an American contemporary bluegrass band formed in 1994 and based in Tennessee.  This album was released September 9, 2016 on the Rounder Records label it earned the group a Grammy award for best bluegrass album.  There were a lot of good foot stomping music on this twelve track album such as If Lonesome Don’t Kill Me, Alexander’s Run, Last Time I’ll Ever Leave This Town, A Long Row To Hoe and much more.  I was also impressed with the harmonies in the acapella song Hallelujah.  This album was well performed, recorded and produced.  I highly recommend this album to anyone’s bluegrass library.

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