New Releases – March 2014

ALLEGHENY DRIFTERS—CLIMB HEAVEN’S LADDER—No Label, TAD-603 (compact disc)

BEYOND THE BLUE—ON A MISSION—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

BLUE HIGHWAY—THE GAME—Rounder Records 1166191702 (compact disc)

JEFF BROWN AND STILL LONESOME—BLUE SIDE OF ME—Mountain Fever Records MFR130610 (compact disc)

CINDY G—THE ROAD —Blue Road Records CD01-073112 (compact disc)

KRISTY COX—LIVING FOR THE MOMENT—Pisgah Ridge PR15172 (compact disc)

EASY RAMBLERS—COUNTRY LIVIN’—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

CHARLSEY ETHERIDGE—MEMORIES OF MINE—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

TONY HUBER & FRIENDS—BEARTRACKS: JOURNEYS—Treasbear Music 0001 (compact disc)

HURLEY RIDGE—TRIBUTES—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

BEN AND ERIC MARSHALL WITH THE MARSHALL BROTHERS AND HIGHROAD—GRASS ROOTS PROJECT—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

TOM MINDTE—SOMETHING I’VE BEEN WORKING ON—Patuxent Music CD-242 (compact disc)

DARREN NICHOLSON—THINGS LEFT UNDONE—No Label, DN-9633 (compact disc)

PARKING LOT PICKER’S PLAY-ALONG GUITAR—BY DIX BRUCE—Mel Bay MB30115BCD (book/compact disc)

SHOREGRASS—HUMMINGBIRD—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

RALPH STANLEY & RALPH STANLEY II—SIDE BY SIDE—Rebel Records REB-CD-1850 (compact disc)

STEEP RAVINE—TRAMPIN’ ON—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

VARIOUS ARTISTS—MUSIC FROM THE SOUTH—Vestapol Productions 13131 (DVD)

RHONDA VINCENT—ONLY ME—Upper Mgmt. Music UM007 (compact disc)

FRANK WAKEFIELD, TAYLOR BAKER & FRIENDS—Patuxent Music CD-247 (compact disc)

DOC WATSON—THE GUITAR ARTISTRY OF DOC WATSON—Vestapol Productions 13130 (DVD)

Additional Releases

ROY HALE—I’LL BE GONENo Label, No Number. Roy Hale is an avid hunter and musician whose current project is a collection of original material, produced with simple guitar accompaniment to his pleasant voice. As a hunter, Hale runs a hunting/music adventure company called 21 Ponds based in his native Arkansas. This collection of Hale’s tunes mixes the usual themes of relationships along with some topical commentary such a “Kids Of America” about where social media is going wrong, “What A Way To Live” about choices people make, and “Greatest Country In The World” about patriotism. Other selections include “Northwest Wind,” “Where Does Love Go,” “Goodbye,” “Go See Your Momma,” and “She’s Gone.” Hale’s simple delivery with just his vocals and guitar makes this project a very nice and easy listen. (www.royhalemusic.com)

PAULA DELLENBACK—NEVER KNOWN—No Label, No Number. This is a project of Dellenback originals mixed with some traditional tunes and one Bill Monroe (“Rocky Road Blues”). She’s joined on this project with bandmates Cathrine Connor (mandolin), Jeffrey Roten (guitar), and Cindy McPherson (harmony vocals). The album was recorded in Cana, Va., by Josh Pickett who also contributes guitar, mandolin, and bass. Dellenback’s originals include “Dead Man’s Hill,” “A Real Love’s Kiss,” “Time,” “Never Known,” and “Make It Matter.” Familiar traditional tunes include “Shady Grove,” “Never Grow Old,” and “I’ll Be A Friend.” Dellenback has a pleasant voice and the song arrangements are balanced and kept simple, underlying the vocals. (www.paulafoxriver.com)

ME AND MARTHA WITH RANDY EDWARDS—WHISPERING PINES—Skyline Records MM713. Don DePoy and Martha Hills formed a musical partnership in 2004 and have been performing around Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley ever since. When not performing, the couple hosted jams at James Madison University, formed the Shenandoah Music Trail, and organized the Oak Leaf Bluegrass and Mountain Music Festival. This project is a first for the duo and they are joined by Randy Edwards on guitar and mandolin. Depoy is a multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, banjo, dulcimer, fiddle, resonator guitar, and autoharp. Hills plays bass on the project. Guest artists include Chris Sexton (fiddle), Phil Leadbetter (resonator guitar), Chris Yoder (cello), and Joe Price (ukulele). Randy Edwards contributes three originals: “Blow Her Memory Away,” “River Of Jordan,” and the title cut “Whispering Pines.” DePoy offers arrangements of “Little Liza Jane” and “Whispering.” Other selections include “Hills Are Green,” “Making Believe,” “You May Be A Rock Flower,” “Red Wing Black Bird,” and “Spring Time In Alaska.” The instrumental arrangements are tight with the vocals and harmonies blending nicely. (Me and Martha, 266 Inglewood Ct., McGaheysville, VA 22840, www.meandmartha.com.)

 

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