New Releases for September 2017

 

APPALACHIAN EXPRESS—DUSTY TREASURES—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

BLUEGRASS UNIT—SETLIST VOL. 1—No Label, TBU-001 (compact disc)

CANE MILL ROAD—FIVE SPEED—No Label, CMR#001 (compact disc)

CAROLINA BLUE—SOUNDS OF KENTUCKY GRASS—Poor Mountain Records PMR0004 (compact disc)

DON’T GIVE YOUR HEART TO A RAMBLER: MY LIFE WITH JIMMY MARTIN, THE KING OF BLUEGRASS—BY BARBARA MARTIN STEPHENS—Univ. of Illinois Press 9780252082764 (book)

FIRESIDE COLLECTIVE—LIFE BETWEEN THE LINES—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

GRASCALS—BEFORE BREAKFAST—Mountain Home MH16872 (compact disc)

PAUL KOVAC—OHIO BLUEGRASS FROM THE APPALACHIAN PLATEAU—Yodel-Ay-Hee YAH 093 (compact disc)

DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER—LIFE IS A STORY—Mountain Home MH17012 (compact disc)

LINDSEY FAMILY—MY TOWN—Lindsey Family Records LFR 0013D (compact disc)

MATT & GEORGE AND THEIR PLEASANT VALLEY BOYS—BLUE GRASS STYLE—Pleasant Valley Records PVR-021 (compact disc)

MOTHER’S BOYS—HOME AMONG THE HILLS—Hen Cackle Records HC-510-CD (compact disc)

OLD SALT UNION—Compass Records 746932 (compact disc)

PORCH SETTERS UNION—FAREWELL TO GRAPES ON THE ROAD—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

SOWELL FAMILY PICKERS—TRUST IN THE LORD—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND—LOVE. AIN’T LOVE—Frog Pad Records FP0117 (compact disc)

Additional Releases

BOBBY ATKINS & THE COUNTRYMEN FEATURING DARA WHITE—I’M TIRED ON BEING BLUE—Thunderbolt Records TB 1493. Banjo player Bobby Atkins has been playing for over 60 years. He’s played with Bill Monroe, Charlie Monroe, and Jim Eanes, among others. On this project, Atkins is joined by his band The Countrymen, which includes Mark Atkins (mandolin), Tim Atkins (bass), Kenny Duncan (guitar), Cub McGee (fiddle), and Frank Poindexter (resonator guitar). Guest artists include Jimmy Arnold (guitar), and Tony Rice (guitar). There are no liner notes, just a song list. Many of the songs are Atkins’ originals and mostly instrumentals, including “Bob’s Special,” “Double Lee Breakdown,” “San Antone,” and “DJ’s Theme.” Other instrumentals include versions of “Lucille,” “Thunder Road,” and “Pretty Polly.” Featured vocalist Dara White is heard on “I Just Can’t See,” “Just Come Back To Me,” and the title “I’m Tired Of Being Blue.” Atkins takes lead vocals on the other cuts with nice harmonies and arrangements from the band. Please note, “Golden Curls” and “Letter To Home” are reversed on the CD. It’s apparent that some of this material is dated, based on the inclusion of the late Jimmy Arnold on guitar who passed away in 1992. This is an overall good project from this bluegrass music veteran. (Thunderbolt Records, 1109 Cleburne, St., Greensboro, NC 27408.)

SAM GLEAVES & TYLER HUGHES—Community Music CMCD211. Sam Gleaves (guitar, fiddle, mandolin) and Tyler Hughes (banjo, autoharp, guitar) have joined forces to produce a nice project of old-time country music mixed with some newer material. Sticking to the traditional sounds of Southwest Virginia, Gleaves and Hughes blend their harmonies while accompanying themselves on a variety of instruments. Gleaves offers the opening song “Stockyard Hill,” while Hughes follows up with his “When We Love.” The other cuts come from a host of sources, including Ola Belle Reed, Wade Mainer, Maybelle Carter, and Jeanette Carter, to name a few. Selections include “I Can’t Sit Down,” “Bread And Roses,” “Lonesome Homesick Blues,” “Living With Memories,” “Sleepy Eyed John,” and “Tear Down The Fences.” For fans of old-time music, this is a delightful project featuring many lesser-known tunes. (www.tylersammusic.com)