New Releases – January 2014

PAULA DELLENBECK—NEVER KNOWN—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

GRASCALS—WHEN I GET MY PAY—Mountain Home Music MH14852 (compact disc)

IDLETYMES—POOR MOUNTAIN HOME—Poor Mountain Records, No Number (compact disc)

SCOTT LAW—BLACK MOUNTAIN—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

MIPSO—DARK HOLLER POPRobust Records RBST008 (compact disc)

NEWTOWN—TIME MACHINE—Pisgah Ridge Records PR15032 (compact disc)

RESCUE JUNCTION—ON ANY ROAD—No Label, RS2013-07 (compact disc)

RIGNEYS—DOUBLE OR NOTHING—Dark Shadow Recording 201301 (compact disc)

UNSPOKEN TRADITION—SIMPLE LITTLE TOWN—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

VELVET BLUE—MEMORIES & HEARTACHES—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

Additional Releases

DIRTY RIVER RAMBLERS—RAMBLE ON—No Label, DRR001. Omaha, Nebr., is home to the Dirty River Ramblers which consists of Josh Krohn (fiddle, banjo), Justin Kephart (mandolin), Mac Hathaway (guitar), and Chris Hunke (bass). Together they form a pretty good ensemble whose project is an interesting collection of original material. Selections include “Red Bird Stomp,” “Copper Coil Daydream,” “Take It Easy With My Heart,” “Eliza Mae,” and “Lost Weekend.” Instrumental offerings include “Wally The Hound Dog” and “Carp Skin Boots.” All the members contribute songs to the project and they sound like they’d be an entertaining live show with pretty solid vocals and good instrumentation. (Dirty River Ramblers, 2719 N. 65th St., Omaha, NE 68104, www.dirtyriverramblers.com.)

STANLEY KEACH & FRIENDS—CRY OF THE LOON— Ayuh Records 121. This is a project of original songs about Maine and features Keach and friends, the Sandy River Ramblers, and the Maranacook String Band. The musicians include Keach (guitar), Liz Keach (bass), Bud Godsoe (banjo), Dan Simons (mandolin) and Jay Smith (fiddle), along with guests Phillip Carlsen (cello), Zach Greenham (bass), Lee Stetson (guitar), and Julie Churchill (vocals). Beginning the album with the actual cry of a loon, the songs include “Slow Down (You’ll Hit A Moose),” “Up On Little Round Top” about the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry at Gettysburg, and “Boots From L.L.Bean.” “Goin’ To China” is about town names in Maine and “Donn Fendler” is a story of survival in the Maine woods. Other songs include “The Lobsterman,” “Logger’s Son,” and “A Maine Calendah.” Being from Maine myself, I found this project to be lots of fun. (Stan Keach, 96 Watson Pond Rd., Rome, ME 04963, e-mail: stanleykeach@hotmail.com.)

WALT CRIDER AND THE OLD TIME WAY—THE BALLAD OF JOHNNY ANDERSON—No Label No Number. The title song by Dean Presley is about the Vietnam Vet whose name appears first on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Old Time Way includes Crider (guitar), Deb Kauffmann (bass), Dave Robertson (mandolin), Max Allison (banjo), and Brandon Michael (fiddle). Another Presley composition is “Coal Miners Gold,” and the rest of the project consists of fairly familiar material such as Faron Young’s “Alone With You,” Vernon Derrick’s “Big Country,” Jack Adkins’ “Another Night,” Ralph Stanley’s “The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn,” Lester Flatt’s “The Bluebirds Are Singing For Me,” and Carl Perkins’ “Turn Around.” Gospel selections include “I Know His Voice,” and an African-American spiritual “Let Us Break Bread Together.” While the band has been together about 12 years and is good instrumentally, they tend to lack the vocal tightness one would expect. (Walter Crider, 7 Colonial Ct., Shippensburg, PA 17257, www.waltercriderandtheoldtimeway.com.)

Comps and Reissues

RANDALL FRANKS—THE MOUNTAIN OPRY MEMORIES—No label, No Number. Sixteen cuts featuring Randall Franks on fiddle and guitar. Backup musicians include Brian Blaylock, David Davis, Merielle Flood, Tom Adkins, and more. Songs include “Faded Love,” “Fire On The Mountain, and “Foggy Mountain Breakdown.” (Share America Foundation, P.O. Box 42, Tunnel Hill, GA 30755, www.shareamericafoundation.org.)

VARIOUS ARTISTS—MOODY BLUEGRASS: A NASHVILLE TRIBUTE TO THE MOODY BLUES—Bunny Rae Records RRE-CD-079. Twenty-eight Moody Blues rock classics done bluegrass-style on two CDs. Artists include Dave Harvey (also the producer), Jan Harvey, Alison Krauss, Alison Brown, Sam Bush, Harley Allen, Ricky Skaggs, and more. Songs include “Nights In White Satin,” “I Know You’re Out There,” and “Tuesday Afternoon.” (www.moodybluegrass.com)

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