New Releases – April 2018

DAVE ADKINS—RIGHT OR WRONG—Mountain Fever MFR180309 (compact disc)

BECKY BULLER—CREPE PAPER HEART—Dark Shadow Recording DSR201801 (compact disc)

CANEY CREEK—COOL KENTUCKY RAIN—9Lives Records 9LR7115 (compact disc)

ECHO VALLEY—RISE AND SHINE—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

ALAN JABBOUR AND STEPHEN WADE—AMERICANA CONCERT—Patuxent Music CD208 (compact disc)

MIDNIGHT SKYRACER—FIRE—No Label, SkyracerCD01 (compact disc)

NEFESH MOUNTAIN—BENEATH THE OPEN SKY—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

SUSAN NIKAS—LIVE AT THE FRET HOUSE—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

KEN PERLMAN—FRAILS & FROLICS—Redbud Recordings 103 (compact disc)

PRICE SISTERS—A HEART NEVER KNOWS—Rebel Records REBCD1868 (compact disc)

Additional Releases

CLAUDE MARTIN—OLD TIME FIDDLE—No Label, No Number. Claude Martin was a member of the Martin Family band and an excellent fiddle player. Unfortunately, Claude passed away October 2016 at the young age of 29. This project, produced posthumously by the Martin family, is a compilation of recordings that Claude had been working on in preparation of his own fiddle project. Many of the recordings are by Martin himself in his home studio, while others were made at either Patuxent Music studios or Asparagus Media studios. Martin plays fiddle and guitar and also sings a nice version of the old British standard “Peggy-O.” Supporting musicians on this project include Danny Knicely (guitar), Victor Furtado (banjo), Emily Martin (dulcimer), Alex Lacquement (bass), Erica Snow (guitar), and Jeanean Martin (guitar). Martin did his homework on old-time fiddle tunes, and this project reflects some of his favorites, including “Barlow Knife,” “Ducks On The Pond,” “Cumberland Gap,” “Ookpik Waltz,” “Hangman,” and “Five Miles From Town.” This is a very nice collection showcasing the talents of a young man who left us far too soon. (www.claudemartinfiddle.com)

FY5—THE WAY THESE THINGS GO—No Label, No Number. Colorado’s FY5 is Mike Finders (guitar), Erin Youngberg (bass), Ryan Drickey (fiddle), Rich Zimmerman (mandolin), and Aaron Youngberg (banjo, pedal steel). Finders is the primary songwriter in the group and with these tunes, the band expands their repertoire to include not only bluegrass, but also Americana and folk. Selections include “White Colored Pencil,” “Coeur d’Alene,” “That First Stone,” “I’ve Been In Love Before,” and “Charlie Schumacher.” A layer of strings opens “That’s Why I Don’t Sing Love Songs Anymore,” and there is the quirky and humorous “Waitress’ Waltz.” The final cut, “It Leaves A Groove,” includes lots of nice steel work from Aaron. Some may find Finders songwriting an interesting departure from the same old themes found in some contemporary writers. The band gives these tunes nice arrangements and tight, pleasant harmonies. A very good release from this remarkable and talented group. (www.fy5band.com)

Comps & Reissues

URBAN MONROES—BITS & PIECES—Mountain Sky Music MSM1015. Fifteen song collection from Urban Monroe’s four previously released albums. Band members are Matt Gray (banjo), Jeff Shippy (fiddle), Fran Kent (guitar) and Louanne Fugal (bass). Appearances by Annie Staninec (fiddle) on “Do You Hear What I Hear,” Martin Stevens (fiddle) on “Secret Agent Man” and “Hole In My Heart,” Jim Chatfield (bass) on “Never My Love,” and Ken Sager (mandolin) on “Fireball Mail.” Song selections are a mix of traditional, contemporary, and original bluegrass. (Urban Monroes, P.O. Box 902, Woodland, WA 98674, www.urbanmonroes.com)