September 2016 Featured Artists

Josh-cover-singleJosh Williams
Chasin’ The Feeling
By Larry Nager

It’s been more than five years, but people still ask Josh Williams about “The Bird.” In May 2011, the Josh Williams Band was playing Doyle Lawson’s festival in Denton, N.C., when a baby bird, just out of the nest, fluttered from the stage rafters to land on his Kendrick guitar. Williams stopped playing so as not to disturb it, but kept singing, the bird staring up at him for the rest of the song. The old saying came to life: “He could charm the birds out of the trees.” Video cameras rolled, and the YouTube clip went viral, more than 2.5 million views to date.

“I do think it was a blessing from God,” Williams says. “I don’t necessarily know yet what it meant, but I’ve seen too many things to believe in coincidences.” Most of us didn’t know at the time, but what gave it special meaning for him was that blessing came almost a year to the day after he completed rehab for the methamphetamine addiction that had wasted the robust 6’4” singer/guitarist down to a 140-pound skeleton.

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adcocks-pageEddie & Martha Adcock with Tom Gray
Many A Mile Still To Go
By Penny Parsons

Personal relationships that last a lifetime are wonderful and rare these days. It’s even more extraordinary for a musical partnership to endure in this way, particularly between two people who are married to each other. But that’s exactly the kind of relationship Eddie and Martha Adcock have. After more than four decades together, they’re still in love and still happily making music together.

Long-lasting friendships—the kind in which two individuals can repeatedly veer off in separate directions but always return to pick up right where they left off—are also few and far between. And, going back over half a century, that’s the type of relationship that exists between Eddie Adcock and his former Country Gentlemen bandmate Tom Gray.

Eddie and Martha have continually refreshed their music by playing what they enjoy, adding elements of folk, country, blues, gospel, rock, and jazz to their bluegrass. Their personnel configurations from II Generation to David Allan Coe have ranged from a duo to a seven-piece group. They had been performing exclusively as a duo when, in 2005, they invited Tom to join them on some shows. They found the connection was still there, both for audiences and for themselves, and they began to perform together on a semi-regular basis as a trio.

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Tony Rice Pays Tribute To The Late Don Parmley
By Derek Halsey

Melvin Goins – Another Hall Of Famer Gone
By Derek Halsey

Josh Williams — Chasin’ The Feeling
By Larry Nager

Eddie & Martha with Tom Gray — Many A Mile Still To Go
By Penny Parsons

Ricky Skaggs Remembers Dr. Ralph Stanley
By Daniel Mullins

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Mountain Home 1643


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September 2016 Reviews

DEER-CREEK-BOYS

DEER CREEK BOYS WHAT GOES UP Mountain Fever Records MFR160415 If the name Deer Creek Boys sounds familiar, it’s because they’ve been around before—sort of. The band was originally formed in 1999 when brothers Justin and Jason Tomlin (guitar and bass, respectively) joined up with Carson Ogden on mandolin and played around their hometown of […]

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MILL-RUN

MILL RUN BLUEGRASS BAND BY REQUEST New Side Record No Number One glance at the title of this album should tell you these are the songs most requested when the Mill Run Bluegrass Band plays out. Given that there are twenty songs, the band must spend a large part of their shows fending off or […]

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FOGGY-MOUNTAIN-TROUBADOUR

FOGGY MOUNTAIN TROUBADOUR: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF CURLY SECKLER BY PENNY PARSONS University of Illinois Press 9780252081590. Paperback, 304 pages, b&w photos, chapter notes, index, song index, $22.95. (University of Illinois Press, Chicago Distribution Ctr., 11030 S. Langley Ave., Chicago, IL 60628, www.press.uillinois.edu.) When it comes to books, it is the best of times […]

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THE-BANJO-BOOK

THE BANJO: AMERICA’S AFRICAN INSTRUMENT BY LAURENT DUBOIS Harvard University Press 9780674047846. (Triliteral LLC, 100 Maple Ridge Rd., Cumberland, RI 02864, hup.harvard.edu.) So you think you know the banjo? Really? Are you aware of the African roots and Muslim influence on this instrument? Do you see it as one of the emblematic symbols of bluegrass […]

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Josh-cover-single

Josh Williams Chasin’ The Feeling By Larry Nager It’s been more than five years, but people still ask Josh Williams about “The Bird.” In May 2011, the Josh Williams Band was playing Doyle Lawson’s festival in Denton, N.C., when a baby bird, just out of the nest, fluttered from the stage rafters to land on […]

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adcocks-page

Eddie & Martha Adcock with Tom Gray Many A Mile Still To Go By Penny Parsons Personal relationships that last a lifetime are wonderful and rare these days. It’s even more extraordinary for a musical partnership to endure in this way, particularly between two people who are married to each other. But that’s exactly the […]

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JEFF-WHITE

JEFF WHITE RIGHT BESIDE YOU No Label, 316    Jeff White has always been the quiet bluegrass star. Going back to his landmark work with Alison Krauss & Union Station on Two Highways, his two solo CDs for Rounder, his long-time role as backup vocalist and guitarist for Vince Gill, Tim O’Brien, The Chieftains, Patty Loveless, […]

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NEFESH-MOUNTAIN

NEFESH MOUNTAIN No Label No Number This a different sort of pairing, one both interesting and welcome. The principal musicians involved, the husband and wife team of Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg, aim to color old-time and bluegrass with Jewish elements, what they call “Jewish spirit.” This does not mean, necessarily, that they are mixing […]

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CORBETT-ON-THE-COUCH

DICK KIMMEL CORBETT ON THE COUCH: MANDOLIN RECORDINGS Dick Kimmel Music CD-2016-01 Mandolinist Dick Kimmel’s latest release presents a gathering of predominantly instrumental tracks. Of its 18 tunes, Kimmel wrote nine. Five are traditional, running from the familiar “Mississippi Sawyer” and “Ragtime Annie”/“Texas Gals” to the lesser-known “Old French”/“Here And There Hornpipe” and “Sweet Ellen.” […]

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RICK-BARTLEY

RICK BARTLEY RIVER FULL OF BLUES No Label No Number Rick Bartley has combined five originals with three bluegrass standards and several additional new songs from relatively lesser-known sources to produce what appears to be his first release (the liner notes here are the soul of brevity). The result is a well-performed, pleasant offering of […]

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SPINNEY-BROTHERS

THE SPINNEY BROTHERS LIVING THE DREAM Mountain Fever MFR 160429 This recording marks a slight departure for the Spinney Brothers. It’s still the same band, Rick and Allen, Gary Dalrymple on mandolin, and Terry Poirier on bass. The guests are Rob Ickes and Ron Stewart. Gentle nostalgia still dominates. Their sound has a more modern […]

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DEL-&-WOODY

THE DEL McCOURY BAND DEL AND WOODY: ORIGINAL LYRICS OF WOODY GUTHRIE SET TO MUSIC BY DEL McCOURY McCoury Music No Number    Opening unsolicited CD mailers can prove better than Christmas when the package contains something on the order of Del And Woody, the latest from the Del McCoury Band. Del McCoury selected and arranged […]

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