New Releases – June 2018

ALWAYS BEEN A RAMBLER: G.B. GRAYSON AND HENRY WHITTER, COUNTRY MUSIC PIONEERS OF SOUTHERN APPALACHIA—BY JOSH BECKWORTH—McFarland & Co. 9781476667294 (book)

BACKLINE—A THOUSAND WISHES—Poor Mountain Records, No Number (compact disc)

BALSAM RANGE—MOUNTAIN OVERTURE—Mountain Home MH17162 (compact disc)

THE BLUE SKY BOYS—BY DICK SPOTTSWOOD—Univ. Press of Miss. 9781496816412 (book)

BURCHFIELD FAMILY—I REJOICE—New River Records, No Number (compact disc)

DRY BRANCH FIRE SQUAD—TEARIN’ OUTTA THE WILDERNESS—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

EASY 2-CHORD SONGS FOR MANDOLIN—BY WAYNE ERBSEN—Native Ground 9781883206741 (book)

BRENNEN ERNST—HAD A BIG TIME TODAY—Patuxent Music CD307 (compact disc)

FLASHBACK—DENVER SNOW—Pinecastle Records PRC1214 (compact disc)

FOLK MUSIC IN OVERDRIVE: A PRIMER ON TRADITIONAL COUNTRY AND BLUEGRASS ARTISTS—BY IVAN M. TRIBE—Univ. of Tenn. Press 9781621903970 (book)

BUDDY GREENE—LOOKING BACK—Rufus Music, RMCD195320 (compact disc)

DANIEL GREESON—DONE GONE—Patuxent Music CD 313 (compact disc)

HIGHER GROUND BLUEGRASS—HGB20—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

HIGHLAND TRAVELERS—Mountain Fever MFR180511 (compact disc)

CARSON PETERS AND IRON MOUNTAIN—PRAISES FROM THE MOUNTAIN—No Label, CPIM002 (compact disc)

ROE FAMILY SINGERS—SONGS OF THE MOUNTAINS, SONGS OF THE PLAINS—Pinecastle Records PRC1210 (compact disc)

EDDY SWEAT & THUNDERCREEK—STRAIGHT OUTTA KNOXVILLE—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

TOWN HOWLERS—ALRIGHT EVERYBODY! IT’S THE TOWN HOWLERSNo Label, No Number (compact disc)

VOGTS SISTERS—BROKEN TIES—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

DUKE WEDDINGTON—CLANN—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

Additional Releases

SARAH MAE & THE BIRKELAND BOYS—STANDING ON THE ROCKNo Label, No Number. This Minnesota family has released a gospel project featuring the songwriting of guitarist (and Dad) Mike Birkeland. Sarah Mae is the bass player, joined by siblings Adam on resonator guitar and Derek on mandolin. Friend Tedd Williams on banjo rounds out the group. Mike’s originals include “When We Cross Over,” “Growing In Grace,” “What I Believe,” “Dan’s Last Load,” and the title-cut “Standing On The Rock.” His tune “Looking At Life Through This Guitar” has Tim Byrnes helping out on vocals. Familiar songs include “River Of Jordan,” “Are You Washed In The Blood?” and “This World Is Not My Home.” The lead vocals are shared between the family members and their harmonies blend nicely. This is a good effort from with many new songs that might fit one’s gospel repertoire. (www.sarahmaeandthebirkelandboys.com)

NICK CHANDLER & DELIVERED—GROCERIES, GAS & USED CARSPoor Mountain Records, No Number. For about 25 years, North Carolina’s Nick Chandler and Bo Bullman have been playing together and sounding pretty good. So in 2005, they formed a band and just recently produced this project. Chandler plays mandolin and Bullman plays guitar. They’re joined by Evan Fowler (banjo) and Matthew Norton (bass). Guest artists include Desi Murphy (banjo) and David Johnson (resonator guitar and fiddle). The song selections come from a variety of sources, including Glen Campbell, Conway Twitty, Herschel Sizemore, Benny Martin, and the Everly Brothers. Songs include “Less Of Me,” “Linda On My Mind,” “Alone And Broken Hearted,” “Your Love Is Dying,” “I Wonder If I Care,” “Paper Rosie,” and “Give Me Back My Heart.” Bullman offers “Father’s Love” and Chandler provides the instrumental “Little Debbie Breakdown.” The harmonies between Chandler, Bullman, and Fowler are pleasing and the overall project is solid bluegrass. (www.nickchandleranddelivered.com)

IDA CLARE—No Label, No Number. The debut release of this Kentucky-based foursome is an all-original project of songs by mandolin player Jim Wheatley, with some co-written with vocalist Lea Cockrell. The band is Lea Cockrell (guitar), Jim Wheatley (mandolin, guitar), Robin Thixton (banjo), and Mark Miller (bass). While Cockrell and Wheatley share the lead vocals, they’re joined by Thixton on nicely blended harmonies. Selections include “Hold On,” “Don’t Let Me Go,” “Don’t Take Me Back,”  “Honey Man,” “You’re Not There,” “Around The Town,” and “Time Traveler.” The group has a bluesy sound that also includes bluegrass, swing, and country. The band name is nice twist of the phrase “I Declare.” Good source of original material and great sound from this new group. (www.idaclareband.com)