New Releases – May 2016

BACK ROADS MANDOLIN VOLUME 2—BY BUDDY MERRIAM (book)

RICK BARTLEY—RIVER FULL OF BLUES—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

BATTLEAXE BAND—BECAUSE WE ARE—Dark Chocolate Music DCM 101 (compact disc)

BOXCARS—FAMILIAR WITH THE GROUND—Mountain Home MH16422 (compact disc)

FLETCHER BRIGHT AND BILL EVANS—SONGS THAT ARE MOSTLY OLDER THAN US—Native and Fine Records 906-11 (compact disc)

CIRCA BLUE—ONCE UPON A TIME—Orange Blossom Records, No Number (compact disc)

COULDN’T HAVE A WEDDING WITHOUT THE FIDDLER—BY KEN PERLMAN—University of Tennessee Press 9781621900979 (book)

KRISTY COX—PART OF ME—Pisgah Ridge PR16492 (compact disc)

KEITH DAVIS—BLUEGRASS COUNTRY—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

DENISE GLOVER—PATHWAYS—Blue Poppy Music, No Number (compact disc)

LAMBERT & WALZ—Woodpecker Music, No Number (compact disc)

DEL McCOURY & DAVID GRISMAN—DEL & DAWG LIVE!—Acoustic Disc ACD-CD-50051 (compact disc)

BUDDY MELTON & MILAN MILLER—SECRETS, DREAMS & PRETTY THINGS—Melton and Miller Music MM201601 (compact disc)

NIXON, BLEVINS & GAGE—PICKIN’ ON DOC—Clover Productions CD 2015A (compact disc)

GIRI PETERS—JUST WHITTLIN’ AROUND—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

KEVIN PRATER BAND—WALKING RAILS & COUNTING TIES—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

JAMES REAMS AND THE BARNSTORMERS—RHYME & SEASON—Mountain Redbird Music, MRM CD008 (compact disc)

WYATT RICE & DAN MENZONE ALLIANCE—SOMETHING OUT OF THE BLUE—Mountain Fever MFR160318 (compact disc)

TONY ROOK—THE ROAD BACK HOME—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

SAWTOOTH BROTHERS—ONE MORE FLIGHT—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

THE BANJO: AMERICA’S AFRICAN INSTRUMENT—BY LAURENT DUBOIS—Harvard University Press 9780674047846 (book)

THE COMPLETE 5-STRING BANJO METHOD: BEGINNING—BY NED LUBERECKI—Alfred Music 9781470630379 (book)

THE COMPLETE 5-STRING BANJO METHOD: INTERMEDIATE—BY NED LUBERECKI—Alfred Music 9781470630386 (book)

THE COMPLETE 5-STRING BANJO METHOD: MASTERING—BY NED LUBERECKI—Alfred Music 9781470630393 (book)

JOSH WILLIAMS—MODERN DAY MAN—Rounder Records 11661-9111-2 (compact disc)

VARIOUS ARTISTS—SECTION HOUSE: A COLLECTION OF INSTRUMENTALS—Mountain Fever MFR 160325 (compact disc)

Additional Releases

DAVIS BRADLEY—INTO THE BLUE—Cardinyl Class Records, No Number. Kathy Davis and Brad Bishop are a duo from the Linden, Va., area and perform mostly in that region. Davis plays guitar and mandolin, while Bishop plays banjo, guitar, resonator guitar, and harmonica. They are joined on this project by Tom Gray (bass) and Ron Stewart (fiddle). Of the twelve songs here, six are originals, including “Postcard From A Song,” “I Tried And Tried Again,” “Lover’s Leap,” “A Man Of His Word,” and “Get Off Of Your High Horse And Get Down On Your Knees.” Other selections include “Southern Flavor,” “Don’t Cry Blue,” “Walking In Jerusalem,” “Why Did You Ever Say Goodbye,” and “Caution To The Wind.” Though neither is a strong singer, their harmonies blend well and both are accomplished instrumentalists. Look for more from Davis Bradley. (Davis Bradley, P.O. Box 402, Linden, VA 22642, www.davisbradleyduo.com.)

PAUL CALHOUN WITH BLUE VELVET & FRIENDS—GOIN’ HOMERailcar Records, No Number. Paul Calhoun is a singer/songwriter from Michigan who has collaborated with the band Blue Velvet and others to produce this 15-song project. Six of the tunes are composed by Jeffrey Caponigro, while others come from Jimmy Dean, A.P. Carter, Brian Lawrence, Wendy Smith, and Woody Guthrie. Calhoun is joined by Wendy Smith (mandolin), Mitch Manns (banjo, resonator guitar, mandolin, guitar), Dave Moore, Jr., (fiddle), Jesse Manns (guitar, mandolin), Ben Luttermoser (bass), Steve Harper (mandolin), Burl Stevens (resonator guitar), and Monica Adams (vocals). Selections include “Just Ain’t,” “Kentucky’s Callin’,” “Blue Sunset,” “Way Back Home,” “Yesterday’s Gone,” “Big Bad John,” “How Do I Get Home?,” and “Let’s Take A Roll In The Hay.” Calhoun has a pleasant voice and the harmonies complement the songs, as do the instrumental arrangements. (Railcar Records, 26595 Evergreen Rd., Ste. 120, Southfield, MI 48076, www.jeffcaponigro.com.)

DANNY BARNES—GOT MYSELF TOGETHER (TEN YEARS LATER)—Eight 30 Records, No Number. Ten years in the making, Danny Barnes has let the songs on this new project evolve and change in perspective until he felt they were ready to be recorded. Barnes plays all the instruments and features his clawhammer banjo style as the lead. Barnes is best known as the leader of the Bad Livers which disbanded in 2000 and is the recipient of the 2015 Steve Martin Prize For Excellence In Banjo And Bluegrass. All songs are by Barnes with the exception of “Cumberland Gap,” “Corn Kingdom Come,” and “Let Your Light Shine On Me.” Barnes selections include “Get Myself Together,” “Big Girl Blues,” “Get Me Out Of Jail,” “Cut A Rug,” “Wasted Mind,” “Big Shoe,” and “Cat To The Rat.” Barnes is an excellent banjo player and has a unique vocal style. The songs were recorded in his kitchen with only two microphones and reflect his simple approach to the songs. (Eight 30 Records, 2506 Lazy Oaks, Austin, TX 78745, www.dannybarnes.com.)

BACKWOODS BLUEGRASS BAND—AS LONG AS I CAN—No Label, No Number. This group from Indiana got together about two years ago after meeting each other at various jams and picking sessions. The group features the talented Austin Harper on mandolin and Sarah McCullough on banjo, Aaron Tackett (guitar), Rusty Collier (bass), and Joe East (guitar). The guest artist is Ron Stewart who added fiddle and guitar and also produced the project. The selections are a mix of bluegrass standards mixed with a number of gospel tunes. Included are familiars such as “Angeline The Baker,” “White Freightliner,” “Sadie’s Got Her New Dress On,” and “I’ve Waited As Long As I Can.” Gospel numbers include “Some Call It Heaven,” “Prayer Bells Of Heaven,” “Solid Rock,” and “Hallelujah I’m Ready.” The tunes are nicely arranged and feature Harper on most of the lead singing. Alas, there is no songwriter or publishing credits given. However, this is a good first outing for these folks. (Joe East, 924 Elkins Rd., Bedford, IN 47421, www.backwoodsbluegrassband.com.)