AUDIE BLAYLOCK & REDLINE, “Cryin’ Heart Blues,” Rural Rhythm. 13 tracks.

In 1982, Audie Blaylock enrolled in the Jimmy Martin school of bluegrass as a 19-year-old member of Martin’s Sunny Mountain Boys.

He went on to work with such artists as Red Allen, Lynn Morris and Rhonda Vincent.

Today, he’s rapidly emerging as a bluegrass star in his own right.

Last year’s, “Audie Blaylock & Redline” debut album was well received by both critics and fans.

And “Cryin’ Heart Blues” is as good as or better than that album.

Blaylock knows two styles of bluegrass — hard-driving songs and lonesome ballads. And even the hard-driving songs — like “You Can Keep Your Nine Pound Hammer,” about a man in prison for seven years — are usually filled with pain.

There’s a reason “blue” is the first word in bluegrass.

Blaylock tips his hat to some of the founding fathers of bluegrass with Bill Monroe’s “Stay Away From Me,” Jimmy Martin’s “Pray The Clouds Away” and Carter Stanley’s “Let’s Part The Best of Friends.”

But most of the material is newer and less familiar.

Blaylock and Redline — Evan Ward, Patrick McAvinue and Matt Wallace — produce some strong harmony singing along with some great instrumental work.

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