New Releases – May 2012

BATTEN FAMILY
UNFILTERED
No Label, No Number (compact disc)

BIBB CITY RAMBLERS
MOUNTAIN AIR
No Label, BCRCD006 (compact disc)

BING BROTHERS BAND, FEATURING JAKE KRACK
LIVE FROM POCAHONTAS COUNTY WEST VIRGINIA
No Label, No Number (compact disc)

BLUEGRASS MARTINS
WORLD OF OUR OWN
Aurio Records CD0012 (compact disc)

BRAND NEW STRINGS
STAY TUNED
Rural Rhythm RUR-1098 (compact disc)

ISAAC CANTOR
ROAD TO NOYO
No Label, ICR-12 (compact disc)

CIRCA BLUE
No Label, No Number (compact disc)

FLATLAND DRIVE
No Label, No Number (compact disc)

GOOD SHEPHERD QUARTET
WHEN I JOIN THE HAPPY CIRCLE
No Label, No Number (compact disc)

GRASCALS
LIFE FINDS A WAY
Mountain Home MH13902 (compact disc)

MITCH HARRELL & SOUTH RIVER EXPRESS
RIDE ON KING JESUS
No Label, LRSCD009 (compact disc)

DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER
SING ME A SONG ABOUT JESUS
Mountain Home MH13932 (compact disc)

OZAKI BROTHERS
TILL WE MEET AGAIN
No Label, R-1210332 (compact disc)

LOU REID & CAROLINA
CALLIN’ ME BACK HOME
KMA Records KMA-0001 (compact disc)

CAROLINA ROSE AND THE BLUEGRASS GIRLS
MOTHER’S WHITE ROSE
No Label, No Number (compact disc)

SPECIAL CONSENSUS
SCRATCH GRAVEL ROAD
Compass Records 745732 (compact disc)

SPINNEY BROTHERS
MEMORIES
Mountain Fever Records MFR120313 (compact disc)

JAMES TUCKER
SMUGGLERS NOTCH
No Label
JCT120 (compact disc)

VARIOUS ARTISTS
A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO A LIVING LEGEND, DR. RALPH STANLEY
No Label, No Number (compact disc)

WHISKEY PUPPY
CHEWGRASS
No Label, No Number (compact disc)

Additional Releases

LaTRESA
LOVE, BABIES, JESUS AND SWEET POTATO PIE
BoonDog Records
No Numbe

This project of original material from LaTresa Smith contains well-written songs that should get some attention from folks looking for new tunes for their set lists. Ms. Smith is backed by Randy Smith (bass), Jon Martin (mandolin), Christian Sedelmeyer (fiddle), Megan Lynch (fiddle), Terry Kreskin (vocals), Matt Raum (mandolin/fiddle), Markus Stadler (banjo, resonator guitar, and mandolin), Bob Grant (mandolin). She has a pleasing voice, and the harmonies with her bandmates blend well. Songs include “The Mississippi,” “I Miss My Home,” “Sweet Potato Pie,” “Why I’m Blue,” “Since She Went Away,” and “Never Loved Again.” Gospel selections include “Work For Jesus” and “Loving Savior.” The CD ends with a bluesy “Sweet Li’l Baby.” The CD package is sparse and the placement of liner information behind the CD holder made reading difficult. An overall enjoyable project. Ms. Smith makes her home in Nashville. (www.latresa.com)

ELDON DAVIS AND CHARLIE COLLINS
HARD TIMES
Swan Ridge
91311.11

A nice laid-back approach is the way these two gents have taken on this project. Primarily, it is Eldon Davis on resonator guitar and Charlie Collins on guitar. Mr. Davis also recommends, in the liner notes, some CD projects of interest to aspiring resonator guitarists. While Davis and Collins share the leads and vocals, the project is helpfully backed by accompanists Jerry Hill, Johnny Bellar, Tim Eldridge, Paul Jarvis, Wade Mitchell, Ken & Marsha Wheeldon, and Lowell Logan. Familiar tunes include “Cannonball Blues,” Stephen Foster’s “Hard Times,” “Ages And Ages Ago,” “Carolina Star,” “Liza Jane,” and Arthur Brumley’s “If We Never Meet Again.” Young Cherokee Upton provides the lead vocal on the “IKO Song.” I found this project a pleasant departure from the high-speed releases of date. (Eldon Davis, 713 Greenfield Dr., Livingston, TN 38570.)

ORPHEUS SUPERTONES
GOING TO TOWN
Mudthumper
Music MM-0022

From the state of Pennsylvania comes the old-time sound of the Orpheus Supertones. This five-member ensemble consists of Kellie Allen (guitar), Clare Milliner (fiddle), Hilary Dirlam (bass), Walt Koken (fiddle), and Pete Peterson (banjo). The project was recorded live with no overdubs. The 18 selections include a mix of familiar as well as lesser-known tunes from such sources as W.C. Handy, Dave Macon, John Philip Sousa, Doc Roberts, Vernon Dalhart, Connie Francis, and Riley Puckett. Songs include “Beale Street Blues,” “Whistling Rufus,” “Cumberland Blues,” “Wreck Of The Old 97,” “Who’s Sorry Now?,” “Alabama Jubilee,” and “Liza Jane.” Old-time music fans will enjoy this project with its unison playing of twin fiddles and banjo. (Mudthumper Music, P.O. Box 791, Kennett Square, PA 19348, www.mudthumper.com)

THE BLUEGRASS KINSMEN
40th ANNIVERSARY ALBUM 1971-2011
TBK Recordings TBK0881988717

This project celebrates the fortieth anniversary of the band, which at this time includes Shelby Jewell, Tom Short, Ebby Jewell, Jeff Brown, and Tony Brown. Also included are special guests Wayne Taylor and Darrell Webb. The selections include a variety of time-worn, well-known tunes which include “Colleen Malone,” “Your Love Is Like A Flower,” “Wild Mountain Flowers,” “Shenandoah Breakdown,” “Wild Bill Jones,” and “East Virginia Blues.” Vocals and harmonies are tight and the group is instrumentally keen. The group hails from Pembroke, Va., and have gained quite a following in Southwest Virginia. (TBK Recordings, 190 Horseshoe Farm Rd., Pembroke, VA 24136, www.bluegrasskinsmen.com.)

Comps and Reissues

TED LUNDY AND THE SOUTHERN MOUNTAIN BOYS
Old Blue Records
OB 707.

Eighteen cuts. Twelve of these originally were released on GHP Records based in West Germany. The six others were on County Records. The earliest cuts are from 1962; others are from 1965, 1966, and 1970. Excellent liner notes by Ken Landreth. Musicians included Bob Paisley, Sonny Miller, and Jerry Lundy. Songs include “Dark Hollow,” “Katy Did,” “On And On,” and “I’ve Never Been So Lonesome.” (Old Blue Records, 4300 Elmstone Rd., Midlothian, VA 23113, www.oldbluerecords.com.)

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