Mountain Fever Records
This is a wonderful project from this very talented family band. Both vocally and instrumentally, the band is tight. The father, J.W. Stevens, plays banjo and sings bass. Nancy is the mother and sings. There are the three brothers, Luke (guitar, vocals), Sammy (fiddle), and Ben (mandolin, vocals), and then sister, Laura (aka Sissy) on bass. The guest musician is Chris Sexton who adds fiddle and cello. The family shares the lead vocals and tight harmony blends, and instrumentally they are all well-skilled.
The project leads off with a Sissy Stevens’ original “Down On The Farm.” There are three tunes from songwriter David Ray Tuck: “Growing Old With You,” “Little Wooden Box,” and “Old Fashion Love.” There is Brandon Rickman’s “Here Comes That Feeling Again” and Randall Hylton’s “Where Rainbows Touch Down.” Their gospel selections include Ron Block’s “A Living Prayer,” Thomas Griffith’s “City Of Gold,” and Jerry Golf’s “Search The Book.” Luke Stevens offers “She’s The One” and the collection ends with their rendition of “How Great Thou Art.” It is obvious that this family has spent considerable time honing both their vocal and instrumental chops. Watch for this band to grow in popularity. (Mountain Fever Records, 1177 Alum Ridge Rd. NW, Willis, VA 24380, www.mountainfever.com.)BF