New Releases – July 2014

BALSAM RANGE—FIVE—Mountain Home MH15322 (compact disc)

BATTEN FAMILY—MADE IN TEXAS—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

BOURBON BARREL CONGRESS—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

JOHNNY CAMPBELL & THE BLUEGRASS DRIFTERS—No Label, LP-001 (compact disc)

CHESAPEAKE—HOOK, LIVE & SINKER—Chesterbury Records CR001 (compact disc)

FELLER & HILL—HERE COME FELLER & HILL AGAIN!—Blue Circle Records BCR-040 (compact disc)

HAYLOFT GANG: THE STORY OF THE NATIONAL BARN DANCE—NARRATED BY GARRISON KEILLOR—Hayloft Gang Productions 9780615917368 (DVD)

LEARNING TO FIDDLE, BLUEGRASS STYLE—BY NEIL ROSSI—KdV Music 9780991561605 (book/DVD)

OLD SOUTH—THE HANGING TREE—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

SAME OLD NEWGRASS BAND—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

TOM TRAVIS & FRIENDS—A ROOM FOR JESUS—Redeyes Acoustic Records REDR 1023 TT (compact disc)

TRINITY RIVER BAND—BETTER THAN BLUE—Orange Blossom Records, No Number (compact disc)

TRUE NORTH—ELSEBOUND—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

YOU DON’T CRY OUT LOUD: THE LILY ISAACS STORY—BY LILY ISAACS WITH SHAWN SMUCKER—New Leaf Publishing Group 9780892217243 (book)

Additional Releases

ELDON DAVIS—TIMOTHY TENNESSEE—Swan Ridge 902.13. Eldon Davis is an accomplished resonator guitarist whose latest project features his own playing and singing. Although the musicians on this CD are too many to list, his lead vocals are shared by Ann Young, Curtis Young, Butch Hodgkins, Paul Bowman, H.C. Langford, and Brenda Looper Ray. Davis’ original tunes include a tribute to Josh Graves titled “Uncle Josh,” along with “Cotton Town Blues” and “A Cowboy’s Reflections.” More familiar selections include “Train 45,” “Little Rosewood Casket,” “Long Journey Home,” “Otto Wood,” and “Make Me A Pallet.” He also includes Dee Gaskin’s “I Need A Blessing” and “He Must Have Loved Me A Lot.” Davis has a smooth style that blends well with the accompanying musicians. A highlight is a beautiful version of “Near The Cross” with harmony resonator guitar from Johnny Bellar. This is a very pleasant outing for Mr. Davis. (Eldon Davis, 713 Greenfield Dr., Livingston, TN 38570.)