New Releases March 2015

DARIN & BROOKE ALDRIDGE—SNAPSHOTS—Mountain Home Music Co. MH15762 (compact disc)


BARNSTAR!—SIT DOWN! GET UP! GET OUT!Signature Sounds Recordings SIG 2070 (compact disc)

BLUE MAFIA—PRAY FOR RAIN—Pinecastle Records PCR 1194 (compact disc)

FARM HANDS—BETTER THAN I DESERVE—Pinecastle Records PCR 1195 (compact disc)


SARAH MAE & THE BIRKELAND BOYS—IT’S TIME—No Label, SMB115 (compact disc)

MISSISQUOI RIVER BAND—PLENTY OF HEARTACHES—Missisquoi Music, MM0314 (compact disc)

ROSIN IN THE AIRE—GOOD TIMES IN THE HOMELAND—Rita Records 0102 (compact disc)

RALPH STANLEY & FRIENDS—MAN OF CONSTANT SORROW—Red River Entertainment RRE-CD161 (compact disc)

THE MUSIC OF THE STANLEY BROTHERS—BY GARY REID—University of Illinois Press 9780252080333 (book)

NIALL TONER—WORKING ON LOVE—Avalon Records AVCD 007 (compact disc)

VOLUME FIVE—VOICES—Mountain Fever Records MFR150120 (compact disc)

WOOD & WIRE—THE COAST—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

Additional Releases

THE BROTHERS BARTON—NEW LOVE—No Label BB-0004. This latest release from the Brothers Barton not only showcases a collection of new songs from Paul Barton, but profits from the project will also go to benefit Selah’s River International, an organization whose mission is to bring awareness to child trafficking, abuse, and exploitation. The brothers are Paul Barton (mandolin) and Loren Barton (guitar, banjo). They are joined by Christian Ward (fiddle) and Jeff Basile Pekarek (bass). Guests include Jason Theiste (fiddle) and Eric Uglum (vocal). Both brothers are excellent musicians and their harmonies gel quite well. Loren Barton’s contribution is “Cowboy Prayer,” while Paul Barton’s songs include “Ezra’s Approach,” “Uncle Pen’s Oil,” “Pineapple Britches,” “Discovering You” (with Eric Uglum), and the title cut “New Love.” There’s also the humorous “Professional Rednecks.” Jason Theiste’s fiddle is featured on “Star Spangled Banner,” and “Fathers And Mothers” is about child trafficking. Good music, good tunes, and a worthy cause all wrapped up into a nice project. (Brothers Barton, 3070 Skyline Blvd., Bakersfield, CA 93305,

THE MISTY MOUNTAIN STRING BAND—BROWNSBORO—No Label No Number. The Misty Mountain String Band, from the Louisville, KY area, is Neal Green (fiddle), Paul Martin (banjo, mandolin), Derek Harris (bass), and Brian Vickers (guitar). Guests include Steve Thomas (mandolin) and Grace White (vocals). Most of the selections on this project are written by bandmembers and have an old-time feel based on Martin’s clawhammer banjo style. Selections include “Coming Home” “Boxcar Moon,” “Ship In A Bottle,” “The Long Haul,” “Caged Bird,” and “River’s End” (with White). Instrumentals include “Brownsboro” and “Turin’s Lament.” There is a nice rendition of the gospel “Everlasting Arms,” and Steve Thomas contributes mandolin on the John Hartford classic “Steam Powered Aero Plane.” This is a nice project of good picking and good vocals and harmonies. (Misty Mountain String Band, 8017 New LaGrange Rd., Louisville, KY 40222,

KYLE CAREY—NORTH STAR—Americelta Records ACR 102. Combining the roots of Irish-Celtic and Scottish-Gaelic traditions, Kyle Carey’s project consists of her original tunes she calls “Gaelic Americana.” She arranges her songs using typical bluegrass instrumentation that includes guitar, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle, but also adds viola, piano, dulcimer and percussion, so this is not bluegrass music per se. Her songs have a lilting, haunting beauty that features and augments her vocals. Her list of collaborators on this project are many and provide a suiting backdrop for these tunes. Selections of particular notice are “Nora O’Kane,” a song about an outcast, “Wind Through Casper” about immigration, and the title “North Star,” a song of love’s fickleness. Her only cover is a lovely rendition of the late Kate Wolf’s “Across The Great Divide.” She also includes two songs sung in the Gaelic “Cairistiona (Christina)” and “Sios Dhan an Abhainn” a translation of the hymn “Down To The River To Pray.” While not bluegrass, many should find this CD an enjoyable experience. (