As Adam Steffey reminds us in the liner notes he wrote for the Darrell Webb Band’s new album, Webb first turned heads back in the 1990s as a youthful, fresh faced singer/multiinstrumentalist (mandolin and guitar) in the Lonesome River Band.
On Bloodline, Webb and his own topdrawer band (Jeremy Arrowood on tenor vocals and upright bass, Asa Gravley on guitar and harmony vocals, Tyler Kirkpatrick on resonator guitar, and Chris Wade on banjo) come out fullthrottle on a stalwart collection of tunes penned by Jim and Jack Anglin, Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Randall Hylton, Jerry Douglas, and various other country and bluegrass master scribes. Selections range from slowburning, heartwrenching ballads (“Kings Of Orebank”) to fastpaced pickin’ fests (“Poor Ramblin’ Boy” and “Big Black Train.”) The doomladen “Miner’s Hell” and the stern gospel ode “If You Don’t Believe The Bible” are also standouts.
Slow or fast, heartfelt or hellbent, ampedup or dampeddown, Webb and his redhot support team bring delightful assurance and conviction to all these emotional extremes. (Rural Rhythm, P.O. Box 660040, Dept. D, Arcadia, CA 91066, www.ruralrhythm.com.) BA