New Releases – August 2017

EDDIE ADCOCK—VINTAGE BANJO JAM—Patuxent Music CD-300 (compact disc)

BOBBY ADKINS & THE COUNTRYMEN WITH DARA WHITE—I’M TIRED OF BEING BLUE—Thunder Bolt Records Tb1493 (compact disc)

DEAR BROTHER—THE HOURS—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

FARM HANDS—COLORS—Pinecastle Records PRC 1208 (compact disc)

SAM GLEAVES & TYLER HUGHES—Community Music CMCD211 (compact disc)

ANDY HALL & ROOSEVELT COLLIER—LET THE STEEL PLAY—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

HAMMERTOWNE—HILLBILLY HEROES—Mountain Fever MFR170602 (compact disc)

IF YOU CAN’T PLAY, GET OFF THE STAGE—BY GARRET K. WOODWARD—Garret K. Woodward 978-0-692-87765-4 (book)

MARK KUYKENDALL, BOBBY HICKS & ASHEVILLE BLUEGRASS—FOREVER AND A DAY—Rebel Records REB-CD-1865 (compact disc)

LONESOME RIVER BAND—MAYHAYLEY’S HOUSE—Mountain Home MH16852 (compact disc)

EDDY RAVEN WITH CAROLINA ROAD—ALL GRASSED UP—Pinecastle Records PRC 1207 (compact disc)

KIM ROBINS—RAINING IN BALTIMORE—Pinecastle Records PRC 1205 (compact disc)

RALPH STANLEY II & THE CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS—Stanley Family Records, No Number (compact disc)

Additional Releases

NO TIME FLATT—No Label, No Number. The band name is a reference to Lester Flatt, as they offer a nice mix of traditional and contemporary selections from a variety of sources. The group consists of Patrick Cupples (bass, drums), Kevin Keen (mandolin), Steve Moore (banjo), Becky Weaver (fiddle), and Kevin Wright (guitar). From the traditional side, there’s Joe Maphis’ “Dim Lights Thick Smoke,” Earl Scruggs’ “Somehow Tonight,” Carter Stanley’s “Say Won’t You Be Mine,” and Don Reno’s “Long Gone.” The more contemporary selections include Wayne Taylor’s “Keen Mountain Prison,” Jimmy Fortune’s “I Believe,” and “Dixieland Delight” from country band Alabama’s repertoire. Cupples offers his “Dollarhide” and Kevin Wright gives us “Roundup.” The band has good lead vocals and tight harmonies that complement their arrangements and instrumentation. This is a nice debut release from this Tennessee group. (www.notimeflatt.com)

JOEL MABUS—DIFFERENT HYMNALS—Fossil Records 2517. This is an easy-listening gospel project from Joel Mabus. Many of these songs are instrumentals that enhance his very capable guitar playing. His vocal delivery is also nice. Selections include tunes that may be unfamiliar to many, but reflect the theme of different hymnals, hence from a variety of church songbooks. Included are “When Peace, Like A River,” “Stand My Me,” “No Not One!,” “Jesus Knocking At Your Door,” “Old Hundredth,” and “Low Lazarus & Lord Diverus.” Listeners will find this project a nice addition to their gospel collection—another pleasant project from Joel Mabus. (Fossil Records, P.O. Box 306, Portage, MI 49801, www.joelmabus.com.)

ZANE CAMPBELL—OLA WAVE—Emperor Records ER-101. Zane Campbell offers this tribute to his late Aunt Ola Belle Reed. Accompanying Campbell (guitar) on this project are Russ Carson (banjo), Patrick McAvinue (fiddle), and Walker Teret (bass), with guests Alex Weber (bass) and Hugh Campbell (harmony vocals). The project includes four of Ola Belle’s tunes and two of Campbell’s own compositions. Ola Belle’s are “I Threw Away The Key,” “Wings Like An Eagle,” “Tear Down The Fences,” and “Springtime Of Life,” and Campbell’s include the title “Ola Wave” and “A Way Around It.” Ola Belle was a fiercely independent lady who had turned down a career in Nashville, as Campbell relates on the first cut “Roy Acuff’s Request.” There is also a radio promotion for an upcoming Flatt & Scruggs show at New River Ranch in Rising Sun, Md., which appeared to be part of an Alex Campbell and Ola Belle Reed program and gives this a nice historical aspect. Campbell presents his version of Ola Belle’s songs in a pleasing format. It’s great to hear her songs again and to know that Zane has kept up the family’s musical heritage. The booklet includes liner notes by Eddie Dean. (zanecampbell.bandcamp.com)