New Releases – June 2012

BOXCARS—ALL IN—Mountain Home Records MH13982 (compact disc)

BROTHERS COMATOSE—RESPECT THE VAN—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

DAILEY & VINCENT—DAILEY & VINCENT TEACH BLUEGRASS GOSPEL AND QUARTET SINGING—Homespun Video DVD-DAV-QT21 (DVD)

EASY RAMBLERS—EASY DOES IT—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

BILL EVANS—IN GOOD COMPANY—Native and Fine Records 906-9 (compact disc)

JIMMY GAUDREAU & MOONDI KLEIN—HOME FROM THE MILLS—Rebel Records REB-CD-1843 (compact disc)

CARRIE HASSLER—THE DISTANCE—Rural Rhythm RUR-1092 (compact disc)

HERITAGE—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

KITCHEN PROJECT—COOKING A LITTLE BLUEGRASS—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

LAKESIDE—RISING UP—Mercy Road Records MCYRD110811 (compact disc)

MAGGIE MACKAY—WAITING ON ROSES—Low Valley Music, No Number (compact disc)

RED JUNE—BEAUTY WILL COME—Red June Records RJR02 (compact disc)

SLOW PITCH JAM BLUEGRASS SONGBOOK: BILL MONROE FOR BEGINNERS—BY SUE MALCOLM—No Label, No Number (book)

WAYNE TAYLOR—IT’S ABOUT TIME—Wayne Taylor Records WTR-001 (compact disc)

TINY GUIDE TO HUGE SUCCESS: 100 BIZ BOOSTING HOT TIPS TO IGNITE YOUR PERFORMING CAREER—BY JERI GOLDSTEIN—New Music Times 9780960683086 (book)

TRIPLE L BAND—WE BELIEVE—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

VARIOUS ARTISTS—MUSICIANS AGAINST CHILDHOOD CANCER: LIFE GOES ON—Rural Rhythm RUR-1094 (compact disc)

VARIOUS ARTISTS—PA’S FIDDLE: CHARLES INGALLS AMERICAN FIDDLER—Cackle & Splash Music PFR 0169-2 (compact disc)

Additional Releases

JACKSTRAW—SUNDAY NEVER COMES—No Label, No Number. For over 15 years, Oregon’s Jackstraw band has been entertaining fans across the U.S. The new release is their sixth and features their newest member, banjo player Cory Goldman. The other members include Darrin Craig (rhythm guitar), Jon Neufeld (lead guitar), David Pugh (mandolin), and Jesse Withers (bass). With the exception of Goldman, all the members contribute to vocals and harmony. This new project is also a selection of completely original material from the members. The group is instrumentally tight as shown on “Sunny Brae” and “Randy The Rambler” and the pretty “Pearly May.” “Dark And Empty” is a mournful composition from David Pugh, although the notes do not identify the fiddle player. Other selections include “Come On Back To Me,” “Poor Man,” “May The Twains Ne’Er Meet,” and the title cut “Sunday Never Comes.” (www.jackstraw.net)

 

JAMES “TUCK” TUCKER—SMUGGLERS NOTCH—No Label, JCT20. Resonator guitarist “Tuck” Tucker is best known for his five-year stint with Red, Murphy & Co. while they were based in the Gainesville, Fla., area. When they relocated to Virginia, he decided to stay in Florida where he performed with many local Florida groups and the Marshall Tucker Band. This new collection from Tucker features all original material with simple arrangements of Tucker backed by mandolin, guitar, and bass. Tucker plays both resonator guitar and lead guitar on many of the cuts. His fellow musicians are Gabriel Valla, Elisabeth Williamson, and Lon Williamson. Tucker does much of the singing with his pleasant voice back by harmonies from the Williamsons. His original selections include title cut “Smugglers’ Notch,” “River Styx,” “Back To The Country,” “Different Road,” “Never Was A Child,” “Rainmaker” and “Corkscrew.” Resonator guitar fans will enjoy this new project. (James Tucker, 21235 NW 75th Ave., Micanopy, FL 32667, www.jamestucker.com.)

 

THE BLUEGRASS MARTINS—WORLD OF OUR OWN—Aurio Records CD0012. Very tight harmonies and good musicianship are the hallmarks of this family band from Missouri. They are Elvin Martin (bass), Jeana Martin Faris (fiddle), Dale Martin (guitar), Janice Martin (banjo), and Larita Martin (resonator guitar). For such a young group they have done their homework and it sounds like it. They all sing and contribute to the leads and close harmonies. The songs selections are covers of mostly familiar tunes, such as “Happy On The Mississippi Shore,” “My Baby’s Gone,” “Wishful Thinking,” “Ramblin’ Boy,” “Come And Sit By The River,” and “I Ain’t Gonna Work Tomorrow.” They all get to show off on “Evelina.” You might be hearing more from the Bluegrass Martins. (Bluegrass Martins, P.O. Box 6677, Jefferson City, MO 65102, www.bluegrassmartins.com.)

 

SAMANTHA CASEY & THE BLUEGRASS JAM—CASEY’S FAIR—Sweet Acoustic Music SAM1003. Singer and fiddle player Samantha Casey offers a project of familiar covers backed by a good cast of players that include Daniel Casey (banjo), Jeff Huffman (guitar), Dell Tims (bass), and special guest Lindsay Tims (mandolin). Instrumentally and vocally together, the song list includes “Good Morning Country Rain,” “Come On Down To My World,” “The Wayfaring Stranger,” “Walk The Way The Wind Blows,” “Steel Rails,” and “Baby Girl.” The band is not your average ‘bluegrass jam’ as their name implies. They are quiet skilled as shown by the arrangements and vocal deliveries. Another young band to be on the watch for. (Samantha Casey, 2360 Hwy. 70 W., Goldsboro, NC 27530, www.thebluegrassjam.com.)

WHISKEY PUPPY—CHEWGRASSNo Label, No Number. The cover shows puppies chewing on instruments and whiskey bottles and the CD has an overall dog motif. The song selections are a mix of covers and originals. The group on this project consists of Justin Auld (banjo, fiddle, mandolin), Rachel Gold (guitar), Gabe Adoff (bass), Travis “Tater” Harrison (bass), Greg Clarke (mandolin), David Pugh (mandolin), Sofie Vitells (fiddle), Sean Buck (banjo), Erik Clampitt (pedal steel). Other artists include Kevin Healy (fiddle), Tim Dawdy (resonator guitar), Shawn Hawkins (saw), and Marley Gaddle (vocal). Unfortunately this group was not as polished as one would expect for a studio project. There are some difficulties in the tuning of instruments as well as the playing skills. The vocals are marred by some timing and phrasing mishaps. Overall the band does seem to be having a good time with their music. Time and practice will only improve this group’s presentation. (Justin Auld, 6309 NE Roselawn St., Portland, OR 97218, www.whiskeypuppy.com.)

 Comps and Reissues

BOBBY ATKINS—THE BEST OF BOBBY ATKINS AND THE COUNTRYMEN—Thunderbolt Records TB 7209. Twelve cuts including “Birdland Breakdown,” “Don’t Be Angry,” and “More Pretty Girls Than One.” Musicians include Bobby, Mark, Matt, and Tim Atkins, Cub McGee, and Kenny Duncan. (Thunderbolt Records, 1109 Cleburne St., Greensboro, NC 27408, www.bobbyandmarkatkins.com.)

 

MARTY RAYBON—SOUTHERN ROOTS & BRANCHES (YESTERDAY & TODAY)—Rural Rhythm RUR-1097. Twelve songs, ten from previous releases and two new ones. Includes acoustic versions of some of his Shenandoah hits such as “Ghost In This House” and “Next To You, Next To Me.” Also includes “Down The Road,” “Home Run Man,” and “Prayer Bells Of Heaven.” (Rural Rhythm, P.O. Box 750, Mt. Juliet, TN 37121, www.ruralrhythm.com.)

 

VARIOUS ARTISTS—PUTUMAYO PRESENTS BLUEGRASS—Putumayo World Music PUT 319-2. Thirteen cuts from big name artists such as Alison Krauss, David Grisman and Jerry Garcia, Peter Rowan, Sam Bush, and Uncle Earl. Songs include “Every Time You Say Goodbye,” “Diamond Joe,” “I’ll Fly Away,” and “Man Of Constant Sorrow.” (Putumayo World Music, 28 West 25th St., 5th Fl., New York, NY 10010, www.putumayo.com.)

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