New Releases – October 2017

DALE ANN BRADLEY—Pinecastle Records PRC 1209 (compact disc)

SUMMER BROOKE AND THE MOUNTAIN

FAITH BANDSMALL TOWN LIFE—Mountain Fever MRF170804 (compact disc)

CHURCHMEN—GOD HOLDS TOMORROW—Mountain Fever MRF170901 (compact disc)

DAVID GRISMAN AND TONY RICE—DAWG AND ‘T’ LIVE AT ACOUSTIC STAGE—Acoustic Disc ACD-CD-50053 (compact disc)

JERRY DOUGLAS BAND—WHAT IF—Rounder Records 11661100259

BILLY DROZE—TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN—Rural Rhythm RUR-1138 (compact disc)

FLATT LONESOME—SILENCE IN THESE WALLS—Mountain Home MH16892 (compact disc)

FREE RANGE—OLD SOUTH DELAWARE—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

HANK, PATTIE & THE CURRENT—HOLD YOUR HEAD UP HIGH—Robust Records RBST013

AL JONES—SINGS AGAIN—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

THOMM JUTZ—CRAZY IF YOU LET IT—Mountain Fever MFR171066 (compact disc)

BARBARA JO KAMMER—ONE SONG AT A TIME—No Label, BJK 001 (compact disc)

MASONTOWN—IN THIS TIME—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

JOE MULLINS AND THE RADIO RAMBLERS—THE STORY WE TELL—Rebel Records REB-CD-1869 (compact disc)

SUSAN NIKAS—STORIES—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

PAPER WINGS—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

KEVIN PRATER BAND—ALL I EVER WANTED—Patuxent Music CD-306 (compact disc)

JOHN REISCHMAN AND THE JAYBIRDS—ON THAT OTHER GREEN SHORE—Corvus Records CR024 (compact disc)

MOLLY ROSE BAND—WITH ALL DUE RESPECT—Patuxent Music CD-285 (compact disc)

STUART BROTHERS—Old-Time Tiki Parlour 008 (compact disc)

DONNA ULISSE—BREAKIN’ EASY—Mountain Home MH16932 (compact disc)

WELL STRUNG—AROUND THE SUN AGAIN—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

JERRY WICENTOWSKI—THANKS MAC! SONGS OF MAC WISEMANNo Label, No Number (compact disc)

Additional Releases

THE LINDSEY FAMILY—MY TOWN—Lindsay Family Records, No Number. This is a nice six-member family band featuring Alan Lindsey (guitar), Caleb Lindsey (mandolin, all other instruments), Rebekah Lindsey (guitar), Naomi Lindsey (bass, penny whistle), Susanna Lindsey (vocals), and Timothy Lindsey (banjo, resonator guitar, percussion). Guest include Stephen Burwell (fiddle), Madison C. Denton (fiddle).  The family is very talented and each member is quite instrumentally strong. Of course sibling harmonies come into play here on their selections of original material laced with tunes from artists like Barry Scott, Rodney Dillard, and Merle Haggard. Originals from the members include “Tall Buildings,” “My Town,” and “Temperamental.” Others tunes include “Take Me Home Country Roads” which they properly credit to Bill and Taffey Danoff and John Denver, and there is also Denver’s “Thank God I’m A Country Boy.” They close with Rodney Dillard’s “Dooley.” And three songs are from their friend Steve Gaydusek: “Movie House,” “DeFuniak Springs,” and “Bubble Gum Days.” Very nice harmonies and playing from this very talented family. (www.lindsey-family.com)

MATT & GEORGE AND THEIR PLEASANT VALLEY BOYS—BLUE GRASS STYLE—Pleasant Valley Records PVR-021. They call themselves ultra-traditional bluegrass, right down to what they wear and how they play. California-based Matt and George are Matt Dudman (mandolin) and George Goodell (banjo). The Pleasant Valley Boys are Jenny Lynn (guitar), Mark “Cousin Rainwater” Eagleton (bass), and Fiddlin’ Jim Allison (fiddle). Guest fiddler is Ed Neff. The cover of the CD is reminiscent of an old Flatt & Scruggs LP, and the songs inside are a mix of traditional lesser-known tunes. Two selections “Muddy Water” and “God’s Golden Shore” are from the late Jake Quesenberry. They cover Randall Hylton’s “Dixie Holiday,” Ralph Stanley’s “You’re Still On My Mind,” the Louvins’ “Plenty Of Everything But You,” and Flatt & Scruggs’ “Cabin On The Hill.” Goodell offers “Pleasant Valley Hop” and Dudman gives us “”Because I’m The Man.” This is a good group with plenty of traditional sounds and harmonies. (www.pleasantvalleyboys.com)

PORCH SETTERS UNION—FAREWELL TO GRAPES ON THE ROAD—No Label, No Number. This Baltimore-based band’s release is a nice vehicle for the songwriting talents of guitarist and lead singer Andy Belt. He’s joined on this project by Warren Boes (guitar), Tony Bonta (banjo), Shawn Heming (mandolin), Dave Markowitz (bass), Jon Ackerman (resonator guitar, Weissenborn), and Chris Bentley (vocals). The theme running through the album is how life tends to get in the way despite our best planning. The selections include the title cut “Farewell To Grapes On The Road,” “Hey Girl,” “Naked When We Started,” “Along The Way,” and “Working For The Man.” “Stay With Me” is a song about holding together, and “Sometimes The Night” talks of the many historical twists that life gives. The band is musically quite good and the arrangements complement Belt’s heartfelt leads. This is quite a good debut for the group. (porchsettersunion.wixsite.com/porchsettersunion)

Comps and Reissues

MIKE GORRELL—ORIGINALS—No Label, No Number. Originals is a compilation of songs recorded between 1981 and 2008 by Northwest Territory and Whetstone Run. All songs were written by Mike Gorrell who compiled a collection of 15 of his most requested songs from over the years, including “Hillbilly Attitude,” “Willow Spring,” “Full Moon Over Georgia,” “Slim Chance Of Loving You” and “Time Sure Flies”. (www.nwtbluegrass.com)