MARTY RAYBON, “At His Best,” HiFive/GrandVista. 11 tracks.

Bluegrass fans will probably take issue with the title of Marty Raybon’s latest album.

There isn’t a single bluegrass track on it. And that’s a little confusing since Raybon returned to his bluegrass roots with “Full Circle,” an acclaimed 2003 album.

It’s also a bit confusing since he’s booked at several bluegrass festivals this year.

But just about every cut on “At His Best” features pianos, drums, electric guitars and steel guitars — instruments not found on bluegrass albums.

“At His Best” is modern country, which means a blend of pop and soft rock.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Unless you’re expecting bluegrass.

There’s some good material on here.

“Daddy Phone” is about a divorced father buying his son a cell phone programmed to dial him at any time.
Raybon’s “Still My Little Man (Matty’s Song)” was written about his son, Matt, who was serving in Iraq at the time.

But either song would have been just as good — maybe better — done bluegrass style.

Raybon began his musical career in 1975 with his Florida-based family band, the American Bluegrass Express.

In 1984, he headed for the bright lights of country music, settling into the lead singer role in the hot country group, Shenandoah, from 1985 to 1996.

Then, he performed briefly with his brother, Tim, as the Raybon Brothers before coming home to bluegrass.

Here’s hoping the next album is at least partially bluegrass.

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