New Releases – December 2012

AMERICAN DRIVE—Rural Rhythm RUR-1108 (compact disc)

BRAD BENGE—NASHVILLE—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

BLUEGRASS BLUESMAN: JOSH GRAVES A MEMOIR—EDITED BY FRED BARTENSTEIN—University of Illinois Press 978-0-252-07864-4 (book)

BIGFOOT—I’VE GOT A BULLDOG—Yodel-Ay-Hee Records 084 (compact disc)

ANDY CARLSON BAND—FIDDLEHEAD—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

ANDREW COLLINS—CATS AND DOGS—No Label, SYTE1113 (compact disc)

ELDON DAVIS WITH CLYDE & MARIE DENNY—GIRL FROM WEST VIRGINIA—Swan Ridge 859.12 (compact disc)

DELTA REIGN—CALM BEFORE THE STORM—Mountain Fever Records MFR120911 (compact disc)

PETE GOBLE AND ANDY BALL—BACK TO JUBILEE ROAD—Moon Ridge Records, No Number (compact disc)

JESSE GREGORY—FAULTLINE—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

HARD RYDE—COMPOSED—Hapidawg Productions 2072012 (compact disc)

MARK HOUSER & BLUEGRASS DRIVE—UNEVEN ROAD—Rural Rhythm RUR-1107 (compact disc)

INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS—SILVER SKY (DELUXE EDITION)—High Country Recordings SCIFI 1155 (compact disc)

BO ISAAC AND THE ROUNDERS—DOLLAR—Out Of The Woods Music, No Number (compact disc)

JIM LAUDERDALE—CAROLINA MOONRISE—Compass Records 745902 (compact disc)

LONESOME MELODIES: THE LIVES AND MUSIC OF THE STANLEY BROTHERS—BY DAVID W. JOHNSON—University Press Of Mississippi 978-1-61703-646-0 (book)

LONESOME RIVER BAND—CHRONOLOGY VOLUME 3—Rural Rhythm RUR-1103 (compact disc)

MIKE MITCHELL—DEAD CENTER—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

OUTLIERS—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

DANNY PAISLEY AND THE SOUTHERN GRASS—ROAD INTO TOWN—Patuxent Records PXCD-238 (compact disc)

CORY PIATT—DAYDREAMS—Patuxent Records PXCD-234 (compact disc)

SIAMESE COUSINS—2 CHAIRS, NO WAITING—Mountain Roads Recordings MRR-1015 (compact disc)

BOB SHANK—DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE MOON…—Otter Slide Productions OS-20015 (compact disc)

STRAY BIRDS—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

NIALL TONER—ONWARDS AND UPWARDS—Pinecastle Records PRC1182 (compact disc)

TRIMOUNTAIN SESSIONS—SLOTH, INDOLENCE & TORPIDITY—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

THE 1861 PROJECT—VOLUME 2, FROM THE FAMINE TO THE FRONT—Cohesion Arts, No Number (compact disc)

DONNA ULISSE—ALL THE WAY TO BETHLEHEM—Hadley Music Group HMG1010 (compact disc)

Additional Releases

THE COAL PORTERS—FIND THE ONE—Prima Records SID-025. Founded by ex-Kentuckian Sid Griffin, the Coal Porters offer an eclectic mix of folk, old-time, bluegrass, and new-time music. This their fifth release is a project of original materiel that also includes a couple of unlikely selections from the rock genre. The band consists of John Breese (banjo), Carly Frey (violin), Sid Griffin (mandolin, harmonica, autoharp), Neil Robert Herd (guitar, resonator guitar), and Tali Trow (bass). The project also includes a host of guest artists. The song selections include “Barefoot On The Courthouse Lawn,” “Hush U Babe”/“Burnham Thorpe” with Richard Thompson guesting on guitar, “Red-Eyed & Blue,” “Brand New Home,” and “Farmers’ Hands.” The title cut “Find The One” is introduced by renowned British DJ Brian Mathews. The two interesting rock genre cuts are the David Bowie/Brian Eno composition “Heroes” and the Mick Jagger/Keith Richards selection “Paint It, Black.” This is another good offering from the International music community. (Prima Records, P.O. Box 2539, London, England, NW3 6DF, U.K., www.sidgriffin.com.)

RESCUE JUNCTION—No Label, No Number. This Canadian group specializes in gospel music and has produced a nice selection of originals and familiar tunes. The band is Kaitlyn Gerber (guitar), Kyle Gerber (mandolin), Roger Martin (banjo), Jesse Turton (bass). Selections include the Stanleys’ “Will He Wait A Little Longer,” Lester Flatt’s “So Happy I’ll Be,” Gillian Welch’s “By The Mark,” Thomas Rocker’s “Man In The Middle,” and Becky Buller’s “Fishers Of Men.” The originals from Kaitlyn Gerber include “I Won’t Settle For Less,” “Hammer In My Hand,” and “I Know What I Have Seen.” This nicely produced project should be welcomed in most collections. (Kaitlyn Gerber, P.O. Box 66, Millbank, ON, Canada, N0K 1L0, www.rescuejunctionband.com)

THE WELFARE LINERS—HIGH ON A HILLTOP—Ghostmeat Records GM062. This Georgia-based ensemble has their first release with a 14-song selection of originals by Rob Keller. The group is Rob Keller (bass), Wayne Wilson (banjo, guitar), Russ Hallauer (mandolin, guitar), Mark Cunningham (guitar), Adam Poulin (fiddle, guitar), with guest William Tonks (resonator guitar). Members are veterans of such groups as Drovers Old Time Medicine Show, Athens Grass, The Lures, and The Burning Angels. All songs are by Robert Keller and include “Easy On The Eyes,” “Who Killed T.K.,” “That’s What She Said,” “Homewrecker,” “Darker Than The Night,” “I Can Hear The Reaper Calling,” and the title cut “High On A Hilltop.” Keller’s songwriting is pretty good, but the vocals are somewhat harsh. (Ghostmeat Records, 1101 Simonton Dr., Watkinsville, GA 30677, www.thewelfareliners.com)

ASTROGRASS—THE COLORED PENCIL FACTORY—Smoggy Borough Records SBR-005. This project is aimed at the pre-teen audience, but it is just as much fun for the adult listener. The CD showcases the songwriting duo of Jordan Shapiro and Joe Grossman while including a number of familiar tunes. Astrograss is from Brooklyn, N.Y., and consists of Jordan Shapiro (guitar), Sarah Alden (fiddle), Tim Kiah (bass), Jonah Bruno (banjo), Bennett Sullivan (banjo), Dennis Lichtman (mandolin), Michael Pasternak (mandolin), and Jennifer Milich (vocals). The opening cut “Make It Up” includes an adaptation of an Albanian dance “Valle Dyshe Dibrane” featuring Sarah Alden, and “Music Makes Me Feel” is an arrangement from a poem by nine-year-old Marcella Fellus Borgenicht. Other selections from Shapiro/Grossman include the title cut “The Colored Pencil Factory,” “Honeybells,” “Hey Blue Dog,” “Brand New Nose,” and “Continental Geography.” Mixed in the set are such chestnuts as “Sawing On The Strings,” “Shortenin’ Bread,” “Cluck Old Hen,” and “Sail Away Ladies.” This is a nice selection that can be used to introduce kids to bluegrass music and may be considered for school projects. (www.astrograssforkids.com)

OLY MOUNTAIN BOYS—THROUGH THE SKY—No Label No Number. Instrumentally and vocally versed, this second release from the Washington State group features the songwriting of Tye Menser and Derek McSwain. The band is Chris Rutledge (guitar), Tye Menser (banjo), Derek McSwain (mandolin), Phil Post (bass), and Josh Grice (fiddle). This 12-song selection, including covers of Bill Monroe’s “Close By” and “Little Georgia Rose,” is a project of originals with a decidedly traditional base but with an edge toward Celtic, country, and modern approaches. Selections include “Ann-Marie,” “Slipping Past,” “Lewis County,” and “Through The Sky.” There are also some nice instrumentals including “West Oly Blues,” “Losing Altitude,” and “Kaloyan’s Lullaby.” (Oly Mountain Boys, 3142 Yew Trails Dr. NW, Olympia, WA 98502, www.olymountainboys.com.)

GRASS IT UP—ALABAMA TORY—Purple House, No Number. With their fifth release, Grass It Up offers a project of familiar selections and a couple of originals from Jim Marsh and David Jeffrey. The band consists of Jeffrey (mandolin), Jon Bross (bass), Shannon Carr (guitar), and Marsh (banjo, resonator guitar), with guest Jay Genender (fiddle). While including a new arrangement of Earl Scruggs’ “Earl’s Breakdown,” Marsh penned his own “Ode To Earl” in tribute. The title cut “Alabama Tory” is the story of a man torn between loyalties to both the Union and Confederate sides. Instrumentals include Marsh’s “Dyslexia” and “Pinellas Street,” Eddie Adcock’s “Turkey Knob,” and a nice version of “Over The Rainbow.” Vocally the group presents covers of “Let Me Love You One More Time,” “Barefoot Nellie,” “99 Years,” Willie Nelson’s “Bloody Mary Morning,” and Jeffrey’s “Old Ford Truck.” Good effort for this southern Colorado group. (Jim Marsh, 9 N. 15th St., Colorado Springs, CO 80904, www.grassitup.com.)

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