New Releases August 2014

AFTERJACK—ECHO—Travianna Records TR140422 (compact disc)

KATHY BARWICK—BRAEBURN—FGM Records FGM-237 (compact disc)

RICHARD BENNETT—IN THE WIND SOMEWHERE—Lonesome Day Records LDR 041 (compact disc)

JOHN BOWMAN—WORSHIP HIM—Pisgah Ridge PR15462 (compact disc)

RACHEL BURGE & BLUE DAWNING—Mountain Fever Records MFR140624 (compact disc)

CAROLINA CROSSING—VOLUME #2—CX Records 002 (compact disc)

LYNDA DAWSON & PATTIE HOPKINS—TRADITIONAL DUETS—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

DETOUR—GOING NOWHERE FAST—Mountain Fever Records MFR140329 (compact disc)

EIGHT DOLLAR MOUNTAIN—TIED TO THE TRACKS—No Label, EDM 003 (compact disc)

AMY GALLATIN & STILLWATERS—EVERYTHING I WANTED LOVE TO BE—Happy Appy Records HAR-9 (compact disc)

HIGH 48s BLUEGRASS BAND—GREAT NORTHERN RAILROADNo Label, No Number (compact disc)

EBBY JEWELL & THE BLUEGRASS KINSMEN—RENEWAL—TBK Recordings TBK-2014-001 (compact disc)

MARKSMEN QUARTET—GENERATIONS—No Label, Wahoo Creek 41 (compact disc)

THE SONGWRITER IN ME: SNAPSHOTS OF MY CREATIVE PROCESS—BY DONNA ULISSE—Hadley Music Group 9780578139661 (book)

WEST END STRING BAND—DIRTY OLD TOWN—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

WILLIS CLAN—CHAPTER TWO: BOOTS—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

Additional Releases

TOM TRAVIS & FRIENDS—A ROOM FOR JESUS—Acoustic Redeye Records REDR 1023TT. Tom Travis is a British bluegrass veteran whose all-gospel project includes original compositions, some new tunes and some taken from his previous recordings. His list of friends on this project are too many to list but includes a fine cadre of U.K.’s musicians and vocalists. “Room For Jesus,” “We Will Be Kind,” and “Hey, Who Said You Can’t Go Home?” are taken from his A Small Patch Of Blue project. “God’s Not Dead” and “Me And Jesus” are from the Rootin’ For Roots album, and “The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn,” “”Wait A Little Longer,” and “I’m Ready To Go” are from his And A Pick From The Bunch project. The new selections here are “There’s More Than Jonah Here,” “Jesus Stumbled,” “Trust Him More,” and “Hammer, Nails and Wood,” all Travis originals. Travis plays guitar on most selections and sings lead vocals. The overall production is somewhat erratic, but this project may be a good source of new gospel tunes for others. (Acoustic Redeye Records, e-mail: d.thomas@talktalk.net.)

TRUE NORTH—ELSEBOUND—No Label, No Number. This group from the Northwest offers a new project which is close to bluegrass, but also has elements of old-time and Americana mixed in. The band consists of Kristen Grainger (ukulele), Dan Wetzel (guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele), Dale Adkins (guitar, banjo, ukulele), Suzanne Pearce Adkins (bass), with guests Peter Miller (cello) and T.J. Morris (percussion). Eight of the thirteen selections are written by Grainger and include “Hard Place,” “Be Here Now,” “Twist In The Wind,” “Angelfish,” “Shiny Black Shoes,” and “Acceptance.” Ruth Moody’s “One Voice” is an interesting blending of one, two, three, then all four voices backed by simple ukulele instrumentation. “Rattlin’ Bones” is a haunting Nicholson/Chambers composition, while “Shiny Black Shoes” is pretty straight bluegrass. Other selections include “It’s A Shame,” “BFD,” and “Northbound 35.” True North has a pleasant sound and an interesting approach to their music. (Hearth Music, 14879 6th Ave., NE, Shoreline, WA 98155, www.truenorthbluegrass.com.)

THE BATTEN FAMILY—MADE IN TEXAS 2014No Label, No Number. With three generations represented, this 16-selection project is truly a family affair. Based in Texas, the family band includes Darrell Batten (guitar), Tempie Batten (bass, mandolin), Kevin Batten (mandolin), Teresa Batten (vocals), Lisa Hilton (vocals), Paul Batten (guitar, mandolin), and Bryan Batten (mandolin). This project is a mix of known and lesser-known tunes from Tom T. Hall’s “Take Me With You” to Chapin Hartford/Sara Hart’s “Better Than Hallelujah.” Other familiar tunes include “Little Whitewashed Chimney,” “Tiger By The Tail,” “One Kiss Away,” “Get Behind Me Satan,” “Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again,” and “Your Love Is Like A Flower.” This project contains simple arrangements based on guitar and mandolin which complement the nice family-style harmonies. This project is a good example of what fans in the Southwest have been enjoying for some time. (Kevin Batten, 5415 8th St., Lubbock, TX 79416.)

Comps & Reissues

JOHN HARTFORD—LIFE, LOVE & MUSIC: 5 ESSENTIAL ALBUMS 1966-1969—Raven Records RVCD-377. This two-disc set is a treasure trove of early Hartford tunes including the “Good Old Electric Washing Machine.” The five RCA albums are: Looks At Life, Earthwords & Music, The Love Album, Housing Project, and the self-titled John Hartford. Liner notes by Keith Glass. (Raven Records, P.O. Box 2027, East Ivanhoe, VIC, 3079 Australia, www.ravenrecords.com.au.)

SCOTTSDALE STRING BAND—OLD FOLKS BETTER GO TO BED: EARLY COUNTRY BLUES, RAGS, & BREAKDOWNS—Arhoolie CD 7054. The Scottsdale String Band was one of the leading names in the OKeh Records’ catalog in the 1920s and ’30s. The Georgia band took its name from a cotton mill north of Atlanta. The 19 songs here include “Chinese Breakdown,” “Carbolic Rag,” and “Stone Mountain Wobble.” Liner notes by Tony Russell. (Arhoolie Records, 10341 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, CA 94530, www.arhoolie.com.)