New Releases October 2014

MICHAEL BARNETT—ONE SONG ROMANCE—Compass Records 746242 (compact disc)

CARROLL BEST AND THE WHITE OAK STRING BAND—OLD-TIME BLUEGRASS FROM THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS 1956 & 1959—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

BREAKING GRASS—JUST AS STRONG—Mountain Fever Records MFR140708 (compact disc)

CROSSPOINT—WE’RE GONNA RISE—Rural Rhythm RCH-2021 (compact disc)

CROWE, LAWSON & WILLIAMS—STANDING TALL AND TOUGH—Mountain Home Music MH15022 (compact disc)

DIRT CREEK BAND—OLD RED FIDDLE—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

GOAT GLANDS TO RANCH HANDS: THE KFDI STORY—BY ORIN FRIESEN WITH BUD NORMAN—Rowfant Press 9781929731244 (book)

STEVE GULLEY—FAMILY, FRIENDS & FELLOWSHIP—Rural Rhythm RCH-2020 (compact disc)

LIZZY HOYT—NEW LADY ON THE PRAIRIE—Blue Crown Prod. BCPCD-1004 (compact disc)

SHAWN LANE—MOUNTAIN SONGS—Cat Town Records CTR0044 (compact disc)

MARK LAVENGOOD—NO PART OF NOTHIN’—Earthwork Music, No Number (compact disc)

LAURIE LEWIS & KATHY KALLICK—LAURIE & KATHY SING THE SONGS OF VERN & RAY—Spruce & Maple Music SMM 1012 (compact disc)

JOHN MAILANDER—WALKING DISTANCE—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

MIKE SCOTT & FRIENDS—THE OLD COUNTRY CHURCH—Rural Rhythm RCH-2022 (compact disc)

JUNIOR SISK & RAMBLERS CHOICE—TROUBLE FOLLOWS ME—Rebel Records REB-CD-1857 (compact disc)

FRANK SOLIVAN & DIRTY KITCHEN—COLD SPELL—Compass Records 746332 (compact disc)

SWEETWATER STRING BAND—RIVER OF RHYMES—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

TOWN MOUNTAIN—LIVE AT THE ISIS—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

WESTWEND—LINGER FOR A WHILE—Anteflow Records AR-0004 (compact disc)

VARIOUS ARTISTS—THE 1861 PROJECT, VOLUME 3: FRANKLIN—Cohesion Arts, No Number (compact disc)

VARIOUS ARTISTS—DEAR JEAN: ARTISTS CELEBRATE JEAN RITCHIE—Compass Records 746312 (compact disc)

VARIOUS ARTISTS—GOSPEL HARVEST: GOSPEL SONGS—WRITTEN BY KEITH DAVIS—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

Additional Releases

MY BROTHER’S KEEPER—MY HEAD AND MY HANDS—No Label, No Number. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, My Brother’s Keeper consists of Titus Luckhaupt (mandolin), Benjamin Luckhaupt (guitar), Joshua Luckhaupt (fiddle, viola, accordion), and Wyatt Murray (bass). Guests on the project include Caleb Edwards (banjo) and Brittany Gillstrap (vocals). The short seven selections feature the group’s original material along with an interesting cover of the traditional “Poor Wayfaring Stranger.” The band has a contemporary sound that blends bluegrass, classical, and folk. The project begins with the instrumental “Hopscotch,” then the title cut “Blood (My Head And My Hands).” Other selections include “You Are My Music,” “Conviction,” “Well Done,” the hard delivery of “Oh, Lazarus,” and the haunting version of “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” with Brittany Gillstrap. The bands originality is foremost with nice instrumental arrangements and interesting vocals and harmonies. (My Brother’s Keeper, 27079 Valley Vista Dr., West Harrison, IN 47060.)

MARTHA BURNS—OLD-TIME SONGSNo Label, No Number. This 17-song collection is gathered from a variety of sources from the 1700s through the 1960s. Burns is from the Washington, D.C., area and plays guitar, with additional appearances from Bruce Molsky (banjo), John de Re (vocals), and Kelly Macklin (vocals). Burns’ plaintive vocals add lots of authenticity to these selections which include “Get Along, Little Dogies,” “The Rose Tree,” “Give Me Your Love And I’ll Give You Mine,” “Poor Soldier,” “Oh, How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning,” “Salem,” “The Night Guard,” “Don’t Leave The Farm,” and “The Cowboy.” Song sources are varied: Alan Lomax, Carter Family, Bradley Kincaid, Tom Paley, Frank Proffitt, Irving Berlin, and Glenn Ohrlin. Burns’ arrangements are simple, with just guitar and vocal—a nice vehicle for these older musical gems. (Martha Burns, 215 C St., Apt. 102, Washington, DC 20003, www.marthaburns.net.)

SAWDUST SYMPHONY—NO EXPECTATIONSNo Label, No Number. Taking music from a variety of sources including the Rolling Stones, Lyle Lovett, B.B. King, and Richard Thompson, this midwestern group’s album is a lively collection of their own brand of bluegrass. The band is Al Brundage (mandolin, guitar), Greg Brundage (guitar), John Losiniecki (bass), and Mike Meuller (banjo), with guest Jim Price (vocals, fills). Songs include John Phillips “Me And My Uncle,” Rolling Stones’ “No Expectations,” B.B. King’s “The Thrill Is Gone,” Lyle Lovett’s “If I Had A Boat,” and Richard Thompson’s “1952 Vincent Black Lightning.” The more traditional tunes include “Free Born Man,” “9lb Hammer,” “In The Pines,” and “Jack-a-Roe.” The rock-flavor tunes are “Hey Joe” and “Midnight Rider” and there is the humorous “Please Don’t Take The Baby.” The band is very good instrumentally and shows an interesting variation of vocal deliveries. (Sawdust Symphony, 11717 N. West Chester Ct., Mequon, WI 53092, www.sawdustsymphony.com.)

POSSUM LIVIN—WHAT ARE WE WORKING FOR—No Label, No Number. From Boise, Idaho, Possum Livin consists of Todd Allai (mandolin), Ryan Buzzard (bass), Willy Dallas (guitar), Jason Homey (banjo), and Renee Homey (fiddle). This CD is a collection of their original material along with a couple of covers. The liner notes are sparse, but the song list includes “Game Over,” “Movin’ On,” “How Long Will It Be,” “Red Ball,” and the title “What Are We Working For.” The covers include the traditional “Stealin’,” MxPx’s “Here With Me,” and a nice version of Motley Crue’s “You’re All I Need” with Renee Homey on lead vocal. With mostly very fast, up-tempo songs, the project showcases their instrumental skills while their vocals blend well. (Possum Livin, 5328 Hill Rd., Boise, ID 83703, www.possumlivin.com.)