Teenage brother duo Jake and Luke Dewhirst took top prizes at the 2009 Rockygrass guitar and banjo contests, respectively, and now they make up half of the Washington based Bluegrass Regulators, along with Josh Adkins (bass, lead and tenor vocals) and Martin Stevens (fiddle, mandolin, lead and tenor vocals).
This 12track, 39minute effort features a few well written band originals, including easyrolling love songs “Kill Me With Your Smile” and “Look Again” alongside snappy instrumentals “Piggy Goes Splat,” “Red House,” and “Haymaker.”
Traditional tunes “Be Thou My Vision” and “Black As A Crow” get strippeddown arrangements that add variety, which also comes with cover versions of Vince Gill’s “Girl” and Chris Jones’ “Uphill Climb.”
Another solid original is the gospel pewstomper “Well Done,” which closes the album with panache.
Though the vocals on this project are clearly youthful and a bit tentative, the picking is tasteful and impressive throughout, signaling a bright and creative future for this unit and their fans. (The Bluegrass Regulators, 13812 32nd Ave., NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332, www.myspace.com/regulatorbluegrass.) AKH