New Releases – October 2018

2ND NATURE—RIDIN’ LONESOME—No Label, SNS-0518 (compact disc)

ALLEGHENY DRIFTERS—ROLLING ON—No Label, TAD-604 (compact disc)

CANE MILL ROAD—GAP TO GAP—Patuxent Music CD-317 (compact disc)

CHAD DAROU—RAISING THE BARBell Buckle Records BBR140 (compact disc)

VICTOR FURTADO—DELLORTO ISLAND—Patuxent Music CD-319 (compact disc)


AL JONES, BILLY BAKER, DEE GUNTER—JUST A MEMORY—Patuxent Music CD-320 (compact disc)

LEE KOTICK—CIGARS AND GUITARS—No Label, E1Kay1949 (compact disc)

NEW REVEILLE—THE KEEP—Loud & Proud Records LNPD67 (compact disc)

NEWTOWN—OLD WORLDMountain Home MH17202 (compact disc)

NATALIE TOMLINSON—“LUCKY” 13—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

Additional Releases

CODY SISTERS—WHITE ON THE BLUE—No Label, No Number. The Cody Sisters hail from Parker, Colo. Along with bassist Steve Cody, the sisters are Megan Cody (15) on guitar and mandolin and Maddie Cody (13) on guitar and banjo. They’re joined by Natalie Rae Padilla (fiddle) and Enion Pelta-Tiller (fiddle). Together, the sisters have produced a nice project of mostly original material that features their youthful vocals and talented picking. Original selections include “Dallas,” “Umbrella,” “Crazy Head,” “A Song For Wayne,” and the cutely titled “Magic Bunny”. Despite their young age, both sisters are very talented instrumentally, as is shown on all their arrangements. They have recently toured England and Wales and have earned a number of award nominations. Look forward to more good music from the Cody Sisters. (

FRANK NEWSOME—GONE AWAY WITH A FRIENDFree Dirt Records DIRT-CD-0084. Frank Newsome is a preacher in Buchanan County, Virginia. On this project, he presents a dozen gospel offerings performed in the a capella lined-out hymnody of the old-time religious tradition, where instruments are not allowed. His resonate voice is akin to that of Ralph Stanley or Roscoe Holcomb. Through Stanley, Newsome came to the attention of folklorist Jon Lohman and artist Jim Lauderdale, who enabled the recording of these songs. With only his voice, Newsome offers some known and lesser-known selections including “Beulah Land,” “Go Rest High On That Mountain,” “Keys To The Kingdom,” “Long Black Train,” “When I Heard,” “I Am A Little Traveler,” “Lined-Out Hymn,” and “Gone Away With A Friend.” This is a nice project of a unique singing style rarely heard outside the walls of rural churches. (Free Dirt Records, P.O. Box 11451, Takoma Park, MD 20913,

TED JONES AND THE TARHEEL BOYS—KEEPING THE TRADITION—No Label, No Number. North Carolina’s Tarheel Boys are Ted Jones (guitar, mandolin), Ronnie Jones (guitar), Joey Canady (banjo), and Paul Winstead (bass). On this latest project, leader Ted Jones presents a collection of familiar tunes presented by the band in their usual traditional setting, which has gained them fans throughout the area. Selections include “Mule Skinner Blues,” “Hills Of Roan County,” “Daybreak In Dixie,” “Little Bessie,” “Poor Ellen Smith,” “Thirty Years Of Farming,” and “Another Day, Another Dollar.” Ted Jones’ high lonesome vocal is augmented by harmonies from Ronnie Jones and Paul Winstead. The band shows off instrumentally on the blazing “Daybreak In Dixie” which features Ted’s mandolin lead. There are no liners notes other than the song list and credits, however this is a nice new project from this veteran group. (

ONE GRASS, TWO GRASS—HORIZON—No Label, No Number. 1G2G straddles the line between folk, old-time, rock, and bluegrass. This California-based string ensemble consists of Sam Trimboli (bass), Anthony Dente (fiddle), Carson Hunter (banjo), Bud Dillard (mandolin), and Riley Hill (guitar). They are joined by guests Tim Parr on lap steel and Nat Keefe on “Nashville-tuned” guitar. This is an all-original project. Selections include “Long Time Comin’,” “Why We’ve Come,” “Blues On The Run,” “Big Trees,” “Rings,” and “Under My Wheels.” There’s also a solid instrumental, “Something Reel,” which lets everyone shine, and there’s a nice cover of Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You.” The project is uptempo and tight, showing the band’s influences from similar groups like Yonder Mountain, Hot Buttered Rum, and Front Country. High-energy and hard-driving is 1G2G. (