New Releases – September 2014

BROOKE & GEORGE BUCKNER—SO FAR FROM FORGETTING—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

MARTHA BURNS—OLD-TIME SONGS—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

JOHN COWAN—SIXTY—Compass Records 746302 (compact disc)

DOWNHILL BLUEGRASS BAND—WONDERLAND—LimestoneHouse Music LHM024 (compact disc)

RACHEL EDDY—NOTHIN’ BUT CORN—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

FLATT LONESOME—TOO—Mountain Home MH153412 (compact disc)

BOBBY GENE—No Label, No Number  (compact disc)

HAAS-KOWERT-TICE—YOU GOT THIS—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

AL JONES & THE SPRUCE MOUNTAIN BOYS—HARD CORE BLUEGRASS—Patuxent Music CD-249 (compact disc)

DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER—OPEN CAREFULLY, MESSAGE INSIDEMountain Home MH15652 (compact disc)

NATE LEATH & FRIENDS—VOLUME 2—Patuxent Music CD-244 (compact disc)

LONESOME ACE STRINGBAND—OLD TIME—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

MEGAN McKAMEY—HERE’S YOUR GOODBYE—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

ALAN MUNDE & BILLY BRIGHT—BRIGHT MUNDE—Munde’s Child Records MCR004 (compact disc)

PLAYING ON THE PLANET—BANGOR BOUND—Artist2Artist 2014-01 (compact disc)

POSSUM LIVIN—WHAT ARE WE WORKING FOR—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

SAWDUST SYMPHONY—NO EXPECTIONS—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

LARRY SPARKS—LONESOME AND THEN SOME…A CLASSIC 50th CELEBRATION—Rebel Records REB-CD-1846 (compact disc)

TIM STAFFORD—JUST TO HEAR THE WHISTLE BLOW—Hedge Drive Records HDR01 (compact disc)

VARIOUS ARTISTS—THE PATUXENT BANJO PROJECT—Patuxent Music CD-250 (compact disc)

MISSY WERNER—TURN THIS HEART AROUND—No Label, MWM 2014-1 (compact disc)

JIM WOOLSEY AND LYNNA—THE ROAD THAT BRINGS YOU HOME—Broken Records Records BRR1001 (compact disc)

Additional Releases

WEST END STRING BAND—DIRTY OLD TOWN—No Label, No Number. The West End String Band hails from the Greenville, S.C., area and its members are husband-and-wife Charlie and Kathy McDaniel (guitar and bass respectively), Matt Purinton (mandolin), and former Sunny Mountain Boy Jim Rollins (banjo). This project is a collection of familiar tunes alongside a couple of McDaniel originals and a Rollins instrumental. Listeners will recognize “New River Train,” “Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down,” “She’s No Angel,” “Wait A Minute,” and “Gonna Paint The Town.” While the members all share in the vocals, most leads go to Charlie McDaniel. Jim Rollins delivers the lead on the Marty Robbins classic “Don’t Worry ’Bout Me” and picks the five-string on his own “Ashe County.” “Hittin’ The Town” and “Addicted To The Blues” are from the McDaniels and the selections also include the gospel “My Sisters And Brothers.” (West End String Band, 29 Meyers Ct., Greenville, SC 29609, www.westendstringband.com.)

THREE TALL PINES—TAPROOT—No Label, No Number. This is the latest project from the popular New England-based unit who has become known for their interesting re-arrangements of classic bluegrass tunes. While the CD contains only six cuts, the band has taken a few familiar selections and one original to give them their own musical stamp. The band’s members include Dan Bourdeau (guitar), Nick DiSebastian (guitar, bass), Joe Lurgio (mandolin), and Conor Smith (fiddle). Also included on the project are Ron Cody (banjo) and fiddles by Brittany Haas and Lauren Rioux. Starting with a bluesy version of “With Body And Soul,” the project shifts to an old-time take on “Raleigh And Spencer” with a nice middle instrumental treatment. “Crying Holy” is offered, but has a feel to it that differs it from others. Bill Monroe’s “Walls Of Time” is given a simple fiddle-backed intro before sliding into a four-part harmony. Dan Bourdeau’s “Stonewalls” is followed by the familiar “Angel Band” that features the guitar work of DiSebastian. Instrumentally, the band is quite good especially with their use of fiddle arrangements, however while the harmonies are tight there are some vocal weaknesses. The band has formed a popular following in the New England area and this third effort demonstrates the group’s continued growth. (www.threetallpines.com)

CAROLINA CROSSING—VOLUME #2—CX Records CX002. Carolina Crossing is Gary Trivette (bass), Curtis Main (banjo), Tyler Thompson (guitar), Robby Norris (mandolin), and Dennis Isaacs (guitar). Hailing from North Carolina, this project features a wide selection of material from a variety of sources, such as Steve Goodman’s “City Of New Orleans,” Tim O’Brien’s “Nellie Kane,” Bobby Osborne/Pete Goble “Windy City,” Danny Dill’s “Long Black Veil,” Doc Watson’s “Little Sadie,” and Merle Travis’ “Dark As A Dungeon.” Traditional tunes include “I’ll Wear A White Robe,” “Roving Gambler,” and “A White Rose.” The group has a pleasant, no-frills delivery with tight harmonies and nice instrumental arrangements. (Carolina Crossing, P.O. Box 365, Vilas, NC 28692, www.carolinacrossingbluegrass.com.)