RANDY KOHRS, “Quicksand,” Rural Rhythm. 13 tracks.

Randy Kohrs’ resophonic guitar has appeared on more than 500 CDs, but he’s a lot more than a sideman.

He’s also a first-class singer-songwriter. He co-wrote five of the songs on this album.

Kohrs’ “I’m Torn” was one of the best albums of 2004. And “Old Photographs” was a strong album in 2007.

“Quicksand” is classified as an acoustic album, rather than bluegrass, because it pushes boundaries.

“Down Around Clarksdale” is a bluesy tribute to bluesman Robert Johnson, who was said to have sold his soul to the devil at a Mississippi crossroads in exchange for magic in his guitar-pickin’ fingers.

Tom T. Hall’s “More About John Henry is a hard-charging song with a gospel edge about the legendary steel-driving man.

The first single, “Devil of the Trail,” is an uptempo tale of pioneers heading west — “along the path to heaven, she passed the gates of hell.”

“Die On the Vine” is about a farmer who turns to whiskey to ease the pain of losing his farm until he remembers his father’s admonition — “don’t let your life die on the vine.”

The title cut warns that chasing money instead of spending time with your family is like stepping into quicksand.

“If You Think It’s Hot Here” is jazzy gospel.

“The Ghost of Jack McCline” is about a ghost that haunts the home of the man who murdered him to steal his land two generations ago.

“Sunday Clothes” finds the singer going to church for the first time in years — to his mother’s funeral.

“Truman’s Vision” tells about the federal government taking the land from an entire community to build a defense plant during the Cold War.

“Quicksand” is a strong album with bluegrass instruments and a cutting-edge feel.

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

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