New Releases – February 2016

BLUE GRASS STOMP—Acoustic World Records AWR-003 (compact disc)

CHARM CITY JUNCTION—Patuxent Music CD-276 (compact disc)

CLAWHAMMER BANJO: TUNES, TIPS & JAMMING—BY WAYNE ERBSEN—Native Ground NGB-203 (book/compact disc)

TIM MAY & STEVE SMITH—Desert Night Music DN 848 (compact disc)

KEVIN PACE & THE EARLY EDITION—I WANT TO GO HOME—Poor Mountain Records, No Number (compact disc)

DANNY PAISLEY & THE SOUTHERN GRASS—WEARY RIVER—Patuxent Music CD 270 (compact disc)

RED SQUIRREL CHASERS—SHAKIN’ DOWN THE ACORNS—Vigortone Records VT-2006 (compact disc)

GRAHAM SPARKMAN—HAZARD WAS HERE—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

SUNNY MOUNTAIN SERENADERS—INTO THIN HAIR—L-Century CD-1002 (compact disc)

JUSSI SYREN AND THE GROUNDBREAKERS—BLUEGRASS SINGER—Home Of Bluegrass Records HOBG-003 (compact disc)

JACOB UNDERWOOD—THE BANJO FILES—Plum River Records PRP1115 (compact disc)

WILLIAMSON BRANCH—BRANCHIN’ OUT—Enrichertainment Prod. EP-1501 (compact disc)

Additional Releases

BANNER MOUNTAIN BOYS—FORESTHILL BRIDGE—No Label, No Number. The Banner Mountain Boys are Ron Gaynor (resonator guitar), Rob Shotwell (banjo, guitar), Taylor Carey (guitar), and Cecelia Shotwell (bass). The group hails from Grass Valley, Cal., and has been performing in that locale for a number of years. This is their second project and consists of 15 selections, eight of which are originals. The CD starts off with a vocal version of “Angelina Baker” combined instrumentally with “Whiskey Before Breakfast.” Other familiar tunes include “Ribbon Of Darkness,” “Stuff That Works,” “Dixie Hoedown,” “It’s All Over Now,” and “Wabash Cannonball.” Originals include “Banner Mountain Breakdown,” “The Tiny Grave,” “Better Luck Next Time,” “No Time To Spare,” “Black Blizzard,” and the title-cut “Foresthill Bridge.” This project should be enjoyed by local fans and might gain them some broader exposure. (Rob Shotwell, 19470 Bear Springs Rd., Grass Valley, CA 95945, www.bannermountainboys.com.)

THE SOUTH CAROLINA BROADCASTERS—TELL ME TRULY—John Boy & Billy Records, No Number. This trio from Surry County, N.C., is a proponent of the old-time mountain music of the 1930s and ’40s popular in the southwestern area of North Carolina, Virginia, and East Tennessee. The trio is Ivy Sheppard (fiddle, banjo, guitar), Andy Edmonds (guitar, fiddle, mandolin), and David Sheppard (guitar). As this 12-song album shows, the trio is quite adept at the old-time sound with good lead vocals and tight three-part harmony. Selections include “Little Darlin’ Pal Of Mine,” “Backstep Cindy,” “Haystack Blues,” “The Storm,” “Lost John,” “Days Of Grey And Black,” “When The Roses Bloom In Dixieland,” and “We Shall Meet Someday.” The more modern songs are Tom Gray’s “Silence Or Tears” and an original from Edmonds, “The Rambler’s Life,” but both are given that old-time stamp. Fans of mountain music should find this new collection very enjoyable. (John Boy & Billy Records, P.O. Box 876, Burlington, NC 27216, www.scbroadcaster.com.)

THE DEBUTONES—PLEASE COME HOME—No Label, No Number. This is a delightful project from this Seattle, Wash.-based group. Originally a duo of Don Share (guitar) and Debby Nagusky (guitar), they were joined by Julian Smedley (violin, viola), Greg Glassman (bass), and Bob Knetzger (banjo, resonator guitar) to become The Debutones. Their repertoire is taken from bluegrass, country, and folk and includes tunes from Pierce Pettis, Mark Simos, Larry Cordle, Buddy Davis, David Olney, and others. Selections include “Oklahoma,” “My First Mistake,” “You Are Here,” “Look My Way,” “No Summer Storm,” “I Don’t Have To Dream,” and “Dying For Someone To Live For.” The band has a softer approach to their music which focuses on the leads and harmonies of Share and Nagusky, with additional harmony from Smedley and Glassman. Nagusky adds one original “Please Come Home.” The arrangements are instrumentally and vocally solid. A nice new project from this Northwest group. (The Debutones, 6006 First Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107, www.debutones.com.)