Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out. “Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out.” Rural Rhythm. 12 tracks.

In 1991, former members of Doyle Lawson’s band, Quicksilver, formed a new group called IIIrd Tyme Out. The name came from the fact that this was the third group for most of the members.

The past 18 years have seen the band pick up 50 industry awards, including seven consecutive trophies for International Bluegrass Music Association vocal group of the year.

So, when the band’s name changes to put lead singer Russell Moore’s name in front of the band, the first question is, “Has there been a big turnover in band membership?”

Fortunately, the answer is no. Veteran members Steve Dilling and Wayne Benson are still in the band along with newer members, Edgar Loudermilk and Justen Haynes.

And the sound that made IIIrd Tyme Out one of the top bands in bluegrass is still intact.

The new self-titled album ranks with the best of the band’s previous works.

“Hard Rock Mountain Prison (Till I Die),” the first single, is an uptempo story of a man serving life in prison and longing for home.

“Me and Dad” is a tribute to fathers. “Carolina’s Arms” is about a woman who chooses North Carolina over her man. “My Angeline” adds new words to an old tune about a man who lives to regret choosing the sea over the woman he loves.

“The Last Greyhound” finds an 18-year-old woman leaving town on a bus, only to come back years later after learning that what she was searching for was right there at home. And “Big City Blues” finds a man ready to quit his 9-to-5 job and move to Kentucky to play bluegrass all day.

New band name, same great sound.

Can’t find it in stores? Try www.RuralRhythm.com.

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