New Releases – April 2015

BARWICK & SIEGFRIED—THE TRESTLE—FGM Records FGM-1501 (compact disc)

BLUEGRASS BROTHERS—GENERATIONS—Mountain Fever Records MFR140715 (compact disc)

CANUCKY BLUEGRASS BOYS—DIRTY OL’ JOB—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

DOUG FLOWERS AND FRIENDS—Melody Roundup Music, No Number (compact disc)

GIBSON BROTHERS—BROTHERHOOD—Rounder Records 11661-35986-02 (compact disc)

GRANDPA’S COUGH MEDICINE—180 PROOF—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

AL HAWKES—I LOVE THE STATE OF MAINE—Event Records ECD-5 (compact disc)

HILLWILLIAMS—HILL YEAH!—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

FIDDLIN’ BILLY HURT—Patuxent Music CD-260 (compact disc)

JAKOB’S FERRY STRAGGLERS—THE LANE CHANGE—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

JULIE & THE NEW FAVORITES—ALL WE NEED TO KNOW—Just For The Records JFR712 (compact disc)

ROBERT EARL KEEN—HAPPY PRISONER: THE BLUEGRASS SESSIONS—Dualtone Records DUA-01685 (compact disc)

DAVE KLINE AND THE MOUNTAIN FOLK BAND—MY PENNSYLVANIA HOME—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

ERYNN MARSHALL & CARL JONES—SWEET MEMORIES…NEVER LEAVE—Dittyville Music 006 (compact disc)

MOUNTAIN FAITH—BLUE—Mountain Fever Records MFR141104 (compact disc)

CODY SHULER—Rural Rhythm RUR-1131 (compact disc)

SHANNON & HEATHER SLAUGHTER—NEVER JUST A SONG—Elite Circuit Music, No Number (compact disc)

SNYDER FAMILY BAND—WHEREVER I WANDER—Mountain Home MH15862 (compact disc)

SPRINGFIELD EXIT—THAT WAS THEN—Patuxent Music CD-268 (compact disc)

UNCLE DAVE MACON: A PHOTO TRIBUTEBY MICHAEL D. DOUBLER—Macon-Doubler Fellowship (book)

Additional Releases

JIG JAM—OH BOY!—No Label, JJCD111. Jig Jam is an Irish folk band who combines bluegrass with Celtic and contemporary stylings. The band is Jamie McKeogh (guitar, tenor banjo, mandolin, percussion), Daithi Melia (five-string banjo, guitar), Cathal Guinan (bass, fiddle), and special guest Ciara McKeogh (fiddle). This is a nice collection of their original tunes mixed with some Irish standards, jigs, reels, and some gypsy jazz. Vocals include “Tickle Me Pink,” “Levi,” “Riptide,” “Slow It Down,” and “Cedars Of Lebanon.” The jig medley is “Ringing The Bell” and “The Banks Of Newfoundland.” The hornpipe/reel medley is “The Brown Coffin,” Monster Stormy Blues,” and “The Wild Irishman.” The jazz medley is “The Wolf,” “Gan Ainm,” and “The Oak Tree,” and there is a bluegrass medley of “Big Sandy River,” “Groundspeed,” and “Bugle Call Rag.” Melia is an excellent banjo player as shown on most of the instrumentals. The trio has put together tight arrangements and harmonies. (www.jigjam.ie)

VALLEY GRASS—GOD’S WILLNo Label,

No Number. Valley Grass is from Southwest Virginia around Galax. The group consists of Raymond Campbell (guitar), Austin Tate (mandolin), David Cline (bass), Melinda Davis (vocals), and Gary Webb (banjo). Also on the project are Jordan Blevins (fiddle) and Steve and Debbie Gulley on harmony vocals. Davis and Campbell contribute a number of original tunes such as “The Broken Glass,” “I Am Blessed,” “God’s Will,” and “Glory Train.” There is also the familiar “The Old, Old House,” Jim Reeves’ “Suppertime,” and Campbell’s humorous “My Wife Ain’t Happy Unless She’s Mad.” The band is good instrumentally, and the vocal harmonies are nice and tight. Under Steve Gulley’s production, the song arrangements are well done. Valley Grass is sure to remain a favorite in their widening homebase. (Valley Grass, 2489 B.F. Buchanan Hwy., Saltville, VA 24370, www.valleygrass.weebly.com.)