New Releases – September 2016

ALMOST THERE—THE INVITATION—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

KRISTIN SCOTT BENSON—STRINGWORKS—Mountain Home MH16602 (compact disc)

BLACKBERRY POSSUM—LIVE AT THE LOFT—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

DEBBIE DURANT—THE EYES OF YESTERYEAR—Walnut Run Music WRM0001 (compact disc)

EARLS OF LEICESTER—RATTLE & ROAR—Rounder Records 1166100001 (compact disc)

GRASS IT UP—BORROWED TIME: LIVE AT THE WESTERN JUBILEE—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

STEVE GULLEY & NEW PINNACLE—AIM HIGH—Rural Rhythm RUR-1135 (compact disc)

DAVID HOLT & JOSH GOFORTH—GOOD MEDICINE—High Wind Audio HW1293 (compact disc)

ERYNN MARSHALL—GREASY CREEK—Dittyville Records 007 (compact disc)

WENDY MILLER AND COUNTRY GRASS—Old Homestead Records OHS-90226 (compact disc)

O’CONNOR BAND WITH MARK O’CONNOR—COMING HOME—Rounder Records 1166100003 (compact disc)

IVAN ROSENBERG—THE LITTLEST DOBRO—Slosh-Tone 8807 (compact disc)

JEFF SCROGGINS AND COLORADO—RAMBLIN FEELS GOOD—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

TRINITY RIVER BAND—THINGS WE DO FOR DREAMS—Orange Blossom Records, No Number (compact disc)

JIM & LYNNA WOOSLEY—HEART AND SOUL, BLOOD AND BONE!!!—Broken Wing Records BRR1002 (compact disc)

ZINK & COMPANY—ZINK & COMPANY III—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

Additional Releases

VINCENT CROSS—OLD SONGS FOR MODERN FOLK—Rescue Dog Records RDR001. New Yorker Vincent Cross (guitar, banjo) is a solo artist who has produced a pleasant cross-section of original old-time and folk tunes. The two exceptions are “Freeport Town” as adapted from “Darlin’ Cory” and “Michael Brown” taken from Mississippi John Hurt’s “Louis Collins.” Cross’s compositions tend to be slow to medium in tempo and tend toward topical themes and the less happier sides of life. Selections include “Alone,” “Going Down That Road,” and “Memories.” His topical songs include “Ode To An Old Guitar,” “As The Crow Flies,” “Garments Of Shame,” “Zora’s Blues,” and “The Ballad Of Roosevelt Avenue.” These songs speak of labor, immigration, satire, and diversity. Cross has toured Europe and Australia, and this is his third project. (www.vincentcross.com)

MARTEKA AND WILLIAM—KEEPIN’ IT REAL—No Label, No Number. This young duo from West Virginia has taken the music of Flatt & Scruggs to heart on their new release. Marteka Lake (banjo, mandolin, vocals) and William Lake (guitar, vocals) are accompanied on this project by Charley Lake (bass), Corrina Rose Logston (fiddle), and Jeremy Stephens (mandolin). Many of the selections are familiar from the Flatt & Scruggs repertoire and include “I’ll Take The Blame,” “Foggy Mountain Chimes,” “I Still Miss Someone,” “Farewell Blues,” “Earl’s Breakdown,” and “Wreck Of The Old 97.” Marteka is an excellent Scruggs-style banjo player and her brother William’s lead vocals have a little bit of Lester’s style. Also included is A.P. Carter’s “My Native Home” and an original tribute “Ballad Of Lester And Earl.” It’s good to see the younger generation of pickers going back to the roots of this music and “keepin’ it real.” (www.marteka-n-williamlakebluegrass.com)

GRASS STREET—TIME MOVES ON—Reminiscence Records REM-020160. Grass Street is a band from the Henderson, N.C., area and consists of  Wayne Kinton (guitar), David Kinton (bass, mandolin), Ricky Hargis (banjo, guitar), and Tab Kearns (resonator guitar). Songwriting is split between Kinton and Kearns, with two instrumentals from Hargis. Selections include “Broken Hearted Blues,” “Southern Rail,” “Going To Caroline,” “Cotton Miller’s Lament,” “Dance With Me,”  and “Time Moves On.” The two instrumentals are “Snowy Daze,” and “Wait, Wait (Don’t Tell Me).” Wayne Kinton’s “Warren County Clay” is about Robert E. Lee’s visit to his daughter Annie’s grave. Also included is an uptempo version of the Lennon/McCartney tune “Yesterday.” This is a pleasant project with nice instrumentation, arrangements, and vocals. (Wayne Kinton, P.O. Box 1324, Henderson, NC 27536, www.grassstreet.net.)

MICKEY TYSONTHE MUSIC IN ME—No Label MT001. Mickey Tyson (guitar, vocals) is a North Carolina singer-songwriter who presents this new ten-song project of mostly original material. He is accompanied by Sarah Hollis (fiddle, vocals), Jeff Huffman (vocals), Chris Malpass (vocals), Joe Pessolano (mandolin, vocals), Mary Warren (bass), Danny Grant (banjo), Chris Hill (fiddle), and Clyde Mattocks (resonator guitar). Tyson’s songs include “Don’t Be The One,” “The Long Goodbye,” “I’ve Tried,” “Singer Sewing Machine,” and “Going Back To My Country Home.” Other selections include Pete Sully’s “Midnight On The Highway” and Homer Jackson’s “New Highway.” He is also joined by the Malpass Brothers on E.M. Bartlett’s “I Heard My Mother Call My Name In Prayer.” Tyson has a pleasant voice and the band is very good. There are some good songs in the project which may find their way into other artists’ catalog. (Mickey Tyson, 51 Ada Clifton Rd., Angier, NC 27504.)