New Releases – August 2015

BLUEGRASS IN BALTIMORE: THE HARD DRIVIN’ SOUND AND ITS LEGACY—BY TIM NEWBY—McFarland & Co. 9780786494392 (book)

TROY BOONE—FIRST IMPRESSIONS—Valley Beautiful Music, No Number (compact disc)

BORDERLINE—UNLEASHED—Ampersand Records, No Number (compact disc)

DALE ANN BRADLEY—POCKET FULL OF KEYS—Pinecastle Records PRC1196 (compact disc)

JOHN CADLEY—THE HARD YEARS—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

KEVIN CARTER & FULL ASSURANCE—I KNOW YOU LORD—Kindred Records KR15006 (compact disc)

DYER SWITCH BAND—IN THE SPOTLIGHT OF THE MOON—Independence Records, No Number (compact disc)

FEINBERG BROTHERS—Ampersand Records 0315 (compact disc)

JEREMY GARRETT—THE RV SESSIONS—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

GOLD HEART—PLACES I’VE BEEN—Mountain Fever Records MFR150519 (compact disc)

JAMIE HARPER—OLD PAL—Mountain Fever Records, MFR150512 (compact disc)

CHRIS JONES & THE NIGHT DRIVERS—RUN AWAY TONIGHT—Mountain Home MH16122 (compact disc)

LORRAINE JORDAN & CAROLINA ROAD—COUNTRY GRASS—Pinecastle Records PRC1197 (compact disc)

JENKINS TWINS—JELLICO—Kindred Records KR15003 (compact disc)

LONESOME TRIO—Sugar Hill Records SUG-CD-4110 (compact disc)

ADAM McPEAK & MOUNTAIN THUNDER—THE LAST DIRT ROAD—Kindred Records KR15005 (compact disc)

MALPASS BROTHERS—Organic Records OR15902 (compact disc)

STUART MASON—TRADITION —Native Home Music, No Number (compact disc)

MR SUN—THE PEOPLE NEED LIGHT—Compass Records 746472 (compact disc)

DAVID PETERSON—OLD TIME POWER—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

LOUIE SETZER—JUKEBOX BLUEGRASS—Ripsaw Records/Patuxent Music RIP/PX 224-274 (compact disc)

SIDELINE—SESSION 2—Mountain Fever Records MFR150602 (compact disc)

VALERIE SMITH—THE HUMAN CONDITION—Bell Buckle Records VAL2014 (compact disc)

STEELDRIVERS—THE MUSCLE SHOALS RECORDINGS—Rounder Records 11661-9180-2 (compact disc)

STEEP RAVINE—THE PEDESTRIAN—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

SCOTT TACKETT—LOOKING BACK—Kindred Records KR15004 (compact disc)

VICKIE VAUGHN BAND—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

WEST VIRGINIA’S TRADITIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC—BY IVAN TRIBE AND JACOB L. BAPST—Arcadia Publishing 9781467123112 (book)

Additional Releases

RILEY HILL—HARD TIMES ON RILEY HILL—Swollen Records SW160658. Riley Hill is an artist from northern California who has put together a cadre of well-known pickers from around the country to produce his first solo release. Helpers on this project include seasoned musicians Matt Hooper, Jack Hicks, David Thom, Ryan Breen, Paul Shelasky, and Bobby Davis. Hill pulls material from a variety of sources from the traditional, to folk, to classic rock. Selections include Dylan’s “It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry,” Bill Monroe’s “Tombstone Junction,” Mac Martin’s “When The Cold Rain Is Falling,” Benny Martin’s “Your Love Is Dying.” There are also the traditional “Peggy-O” and a couple of tunes from Pete Goble & Leroy Drumm, “You Can Keep Your Nine Pound Hammer” and “I’m Leaving You And Mobile Too.” Hill plays guitar and/or mandolin and sings lead and harmony on most cuts, backed by the bandmembers. (Riley Hill Band, 32299 Hwy. 12, Cloverdale, CA 95425.)

LOUIE LUDWIG WITH THE MOSS PICKERS—ELEVATION 13—ZZI Music ZZI042115. Louisianan Louie Ludwig is primarily a singer/songwriter in the folk vein and has been writing and performing for around thirty years. This latest project includes a group of musicians called the Moss Pickers, which include Clay Parker (guitars), Matt Sylvest (bass), Patrick Sylvest (resonator guitar, guitar), and Billy Finney (guitars, banjo). Background vocals are provided by Clay Parker, Patrick Sylvest and Billy Finney. Guests include Brent Melancon (guitar), Gina Forsyth (fiddle), Dayna Kurtz (vocals), Theresa Anderson (vocals), Bart Ramsey (accordion), and Anders Osborne (vocals). This is an all-original project of Ludwig’s songs and offers a good look into his writing. Selections include “(Why Do) Crows (Always Seem To Come Out On Cloudy Days),” “Death And The Devil,” “Highway 61 Memories,” “Nobody,” “Once Upon A Mountain,” and “You’ll Make It Through Somehow.” Ludwig’s approach is rather laid-back, and he uses Patrick Sylvest’s resonator guitar throughout many of the arrangements. This is not a bluegrass project, but there may be some material that could be of interest to some. (ZZI Music, P.O. Box 19726, New Orleans, LA 70179.)

LORI KING & JUNCTION 63—GRANDPA’S OLD GUITAR—JLK Records D1-090466. Lori King and her husband, Joe, have a nice project of mostly original material from both, along with a couple or tunes from mandolinist Kevin Amburgey. Also in the studio was Joe Dean (banjo), Chuck Millar (fiddle), and Glen Harrell (fiddle). Lori King plays upright bass and Joe plays guitar. Originals include “I’ve Been Known To Lie,” “Send My Baby Home,” “How Can I Blame You,” “Just Like My Daddy,” and title “Grandpa’s Old Guitar.” Songs from Amburgey are “Remember Me” and “What He Could Have Done” and there is a nice cover of John Pennell’s “Foolish Heart.” Nice harmonies and good instrumentation makes this new project a pleasant listen. (JLK Records, 102 E Walnut St., Drakesville, IA 52552, www.junction63.com)