New Releases – August 2016

BARWICK & SIEGFRIED—LONG TIME GONE—FGM Records FGM-516 (compact disc)

BYRON BERLINE—FLYIN’ FINGERS—Double Stop Music DSMCD-05 (compact disc)

SAM BUSH—STORYMAN—Sugar Hill SUG00011 (compact disc)

CASCADE CRESCENDO—CAUGHT IN THE RAIN—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

CHOSEN ROAD—WATER GRAVE—Poor Mountain Records, No Number (compact disc)

CHUBBY HOG AND SISCO—BY HARRY C. SISK, SR.—Dreamin Creek Publishing (book/compact disc)

RON CODY—THE COOPER SESSIONS—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

COLEBROOK ROAD—HALFWAY BETWEEN—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

DWIGHT DILLER: WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAIN MUSICIAN—BY LEWIS M. STERN—McFarland & Co. 9781476664767 (book)

AL DUNKLEMAN & NATURAL BLEND—WELCOME TO CLEVELAND COUNTY—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

FARM HANDS—DIG IN THE DIRT—Pinecastle Records PRC 1199 (compact disc)

GOSPEL PLOWBOYS—WELCOME HOME—Mountain Fever MFR160610 (compact disc)

HIGH BAR GANG—SOMEDAY THE HEART WILL TROUBLE THE MIND—True North Records TND622 (compact disc)

HIGH FIDELITY—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

HOT FLASHES—EPONYMOUS—Happy Appy Records HAR-10 (compact disc)

ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY—THE COUNTRY BLUES—Compass Records 746692 (compact disc)

IRENE KELLEY—THESE HILLS—Mountain Fever MFR160617 (compact disc)

DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVER—BURDEN BEARER—Mountain Home MH16692 (compact disc)

REBEKAH LONG—HERE I AM—LUK Records LUK1001 (compact disc)

EDGAR LOUDERMILK—GEORGIA MAPLE—Pinecastle Records PRC 1198 (compact disc)

ROBERT MABE—SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE—Frogtown Music 21170 (compact disc)

NEWTOWN—HARLAN ROAD—Mountain Home MH16632 (compact disc)

HARPER POWELL—COLORS OF MY LIFE—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

SISTER SADIE—Pinecastle Records PRC1200 (compact disc)

SPECIAL CONSENSUS—LONG I RIDE—Compass Records 746682 (compact disc)

BRYAN SUTTON—THE MORE I LEARN—Sugar Hill SUG00003 (compact disc)

VOLUME FIVE—DRIFTER—Mountain Fever MFR160624 (compact disc)

WAY DOWN WANDERERS—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

 Additional Releases

LAMBERT & WALZ—No Label, No Number. Eric Lambert (guitar, slide guitar) and Chris Walz (guitar, mandolin) are a duo from the Indiana/Illinois area who have teamed up to offer a delightful project of traditional and bluegrass tunes, along with a couple of originals. Both are experienced musicians. Lambert has played with the Henhouse Prowlers, and Walz spent time with Special Consensus. The tunes include “East Virginia Blues,” “Rye Whiskey,” “Deep Elem Blues,” “Make Me A Pallet,” and a medley of “Bill Cheatham”/“Hand Me Down My Walking Cane.” Also are Lambert’s original “I’ll Never Love Another” and Walz’s “The Whistle’s Lonesome Sound.” Walz plays mandolin on “Rye Whiskey,” and Lambert plays slide on “Make Me A Pallet.” The duo musically complements each other on both guitar and vocals. This is a nice project, but other than directly indicated, the liners don’t show who performs lead vocal on the individual cuts or who is taking the lead breaks. (www.lamberandwalz.com)

NIXON, BLEVINS & GAGE—PICKIN’ ON DOC: A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC WE LOVE—Clover Productions CD 2015A. Larry Nixon could not get enough Doc Watson music. When first hearing of Doc in the 1970s, Nixon set out to collect every LP he could find of Doc’s music. When he was joined by David Blevins (guitar) and Steven Gage (bass), they based their repertoire on Doc’s songs. On this project, they’re joined by Crissy Carmichael on mandolin. Folks familiar with Doc’s songs will find many of them here, such as “I Am A Pilgrim,” “Shady Grove,” “More Pretty Girls Then One,” “John Henry,” “Pallet On The Floor,” and “Greenville Trestle.” Nixon does the lead vocals and plays thumbpicking-style guitar, while Blevins handles the flatpicking. Carmichael takes the lead on “Watson’s Blues” and “Lonesome Midnight Waltz.” This is a nice overall tribute to the music and picking styles of the late Doc Watson. (Clover Productions, 4412 DeWees Ct., Raleigh, N.C. 27612, www.nixonblevinsandgage.com.)