New Releases – March 2017

BLUE & LONESOME—CRUZIN’ WITH BLUE & LONESOME—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

FIREBALL MAIL—BENDING THE RAILS—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

BILL GRAHAM AND FRIENDS—WEST MISSOURI RAMBLE—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

CHRIS JONES & THE NIGHT DRIVERS—MADE TO MOVE—Mountain Home MH16792 (compact disc)

SOUTHPAW BLUEGRASS BAND—LONG RAGGED MILE—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

VARIOUS ARTISTS—MAC WISEMAN: I SANG THE SONG—Mountain Fever MFR170120 (compact disc)

Additional Releases

PERT NEAR SANDSTONE—DISCOVERY OF HONEY—Pert Near Music PNM-009. Pert Near is an old-time, roots music group from Minnesota, organized by Ryan Young, formerly of Trampled By Turtles. Young who plays fiddle, organ, and percussion, is joined by Nate Sipe (fiddle, mandolin), Kevin Kniebel (banjo), J. Lenz (guitar, mandolin), Justin Bruhn (bass), and Matt Cartier (clogs). Guests include Andy Lambert (washboard, drums), Sean Roderick (piano), Tom Johnson (resonator guitar), Harold Tremblay (harmonica), and Bill Quinn (pedal steel).  This is a project of all original material from the group and features an old-time sound layered with percussion, piano, organ, and even pedal steel. Lambert and Cartier provide the clogging element. The up-tempo tunes are presented very fast, built around Young’s clawhammer banjo, Lenz’s mandolin, and Sipe’s fiddle. Selections include “Bloom Again,” “Rattlesnake,” “Uncover Me,” “Getaway,” “Again And Again,” and an interesting tune, “Biting My Nails,” with an odd pedal steel approach. A lively collection from this Midwestern group. (www.pertnearsandstone.com)

ECHO VALLEY—No Label, No Number. This is a family band (the Andersons) from southwestern Pennsylvania consisting of Elizabeth (guitar), Emily (fiddle), Isabelle (mandolin), Olivia (violin), Emmaline (bass), Annamae (vocals), and David (vocals).  The family started playing mostly gospel music in local churches, but has since expanded to include more secular material as they play for larger audiences at festivals and venues. Emily Anderson’s expert fiddle playing is foremost throughout, especially on the instrumentals “Tam Lin,” “Bowing The Strings,” “Boil Them Cabbage Down,” and “Lover’s Waltz.” The vocals are youthfully delivered and the entire family sings on “Commit And Trust”. Other selections include “Send The Light,” “Green Beans In The Garden,” “By The Mark,” “More Than A Name On A Wall,” and “Never Grow Old.” This family band has lots of potential. (echovalleybluegrass.wordpress.com)

SONS OF THE SOUTH—HILLTOPS AND BACKROADSNo Label, No Number. Sons of the South is a group from the Piedmont area of western North Carolina. While the band’s history spans over 50 years, there have been many changes in personnel and the current lineup includes Michael Souther (banjo), Gary Isenhour (guitar), Conner Lambert (mandolin), Franklin Rash (bass), and Rick Lowe (fiddle). This project contains a number of songs by Lambert and a couple from Souther. Other tunes include Michael Nesmith’s “What Am I Doing Hanging ’Round,” A&O Wood’s “The Hills Of Home,” Carter Stanley’s “Darlin Say Won’t You Be Mine,” and there is a nice arrangement of “Darlin’ Corey.”  Original songs include “North Georgia Hills,” the instrumental “Pipers Gap,” and “The Lonesome Blues.” There are also two gospel tunes by Lambert, “The Journey” and “The Sinner.” This is a very good band, both instrumentally and vocally. The harmonies blend nicely and the picking is good, with a traditional approach to the music. (www.sonsofthesouthbluegrassband.com)