New Releases – July 2015

ANTIQUE PERSUASION—DON’T FORGET ME LITTLE DARLING—Voxhall Records VHR12003 (compact disc)

BIG COUNTRY BLUEGRASS—COUNTRY LIVIN’—Rebel Records REB-CD-1858 (compact disc)

HERMAN BROCK, JR.—THE OLD WORLD—Sonic Rendezvous HB1401 (compact disc)

BUD’S COLLECTIVE—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

CHUCK WAGON GANG—AMERICA’S GOSPEL SINGERS: THE LEGACY LIVES ON—New Haven Films, No Number (DVD)

TERRY C. COX—AUTUMN ROSES—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

STEVE HARRIS—SUNDOWN—Orange Blossom Records, No Number (compact disc)

HIGH LONESOME BELOW SEA LEVEL: FACES AND STORIES OF BLUEGRASS MUSIC IN THE NETHERLANDS—BY MARIEKE ODEKERKEN AND LOES VAN SCHAIJK—Kunst en Denkwerk 9789090289182 (book)

HILLBENDERS—TOMMY: A BLUEGRASS OPRY—Compass Records 746502 (compact disc)

LORI KING & JUNCTION 63—GRANDPA’S OLD GUITAR—JLK Records D1-090466 (compact disc)

MARSHALL BROTHERS AND HIGHROAD—OLD TIME COUNTRY REVIVAL—Eastwood Recording Studio MBHR010 (compact disc)

LAURA ORSHAW—SONGS OF LOST YESTERDAYS—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

ROUSTABOUTS—PATCHWORK—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

TELLICO—RELICS AND ROSES—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

TRINITY RIVER BAND—HEARTSTRINGS—Orange Blossom Records, No Number (compact disc)

 Additional Releases

ANNABELLE WATTS—FORWARD MOTION—No Label, No Number. This five-song EP is an introductory project for this 13-year-old young lady from Philpot, Ky. She is a good fiddler and has a nice voice that lends well to her vocal selections. She’s joined on this project by Missy Raines (bass), Ned Luberecki (banjo), Dustin Benson (guitar), and Casey Campbell (mandolin). Assisting on harmony vocals is Jennifer Strickland. Kicking off with the familiar “Shady Grove,” she then performs another fiddle favorite, Kenny Baker’s “Washington County” with a neat intro. Her next selection is the oft-recorded Flatt & Scruggs chestnut “Your Love Is Like A Flower.” “Forward Motion” features her songwriting as well as her arrangement of this haunting tune. She closes with “Old Joe Clark.” This project showcases this very talented young lady who should have a very good future in this music. (www.annabellewatts.com)

HAPPY VALLEY PALS—Martin Records 002. This old-time band from North Carolina is primarily known as the Martin Family String Band consisting of Wayne and Margaret Martin along with Gail Gillespie and Dwight Rogers. Wayne plays guitar, fiddle, and harmonica, and Margaret plays guitar and banjo. Gail plays banjo, guitar, and mandolin, and Dwight plays bass, ukulele, and tenor banjo. All members contribute with lead vocals and harmonies. The selections are taken from a variety of old-time artists from North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia, such as A.C. Overton, Clarence Green, Uncle John Patterson, Sam and Kirk McGee, Jimmy Carroll, the Possum Hunters, and the Gulley Jumpers. Selections include “Frankie Silvers,” “Big-Eyed Rabbit,” “Sally With The Run-Down Shoes,” “Green River March,” “Ham Beats All Meat,” “Georgia Fox Trot,” “Stone Rag” and “Georgia Breakdown.” This project may be a good source of lesser-known material for young string bands and offers a good outlet for these tunes to be heard. (www.jardownmusic.com)

THE RUBBER KNIFE GANG—BROKEN LINES—No Label, No Number. The Rubber Knife Gang is Henry (Hank) Becker, Todd (Willy) Wilson, and John Oaks. Becker plays guitar, banjo, and bass, Wilson plays guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and Oaks plays bass and guitar. All three members sing lead and harmony vocals. This album is entirely original material. Opening with “Bringing Rain,” the selections include “Siren Serenade,” the title-cut “Broken Lines,” “House On Fire,” “Gone Away,” “Birds In Flight” and ends with another rain song “Hard Driving Rain.” The project allows the band to stretch out and showcase their vocal and instrumental abilities. On the whole, this third CD from the Ohio-based trio shows they will continue their local popularity. More information about the bandmembers and song crediting would have made the packaging more informative. (www.therubberknifegang.com)