DARRELL WEBB BAND, “Bloodline,” Rural Rhythm. 12 tracks.

Darrell Webb has a bluegrass resume few musicians his age can match.

The 36-year-old West Virginia native started playing mandolin when he was 8 and soon picked up banjo and guitar as well.

When he was 19, Webb joined the Lonesome River Band, replacing Dan Tyminski. Two years later, he was in J.D. Crowe’s New South. Since then, Webb has played guitar in Rhonda Vincent’s Rage and, in 2008, he became lead vocalist and guitarist in Michael Cleveland’s Flamekeeper band.

Now, Webb is on his own, fronting his own band. And Rural Rhythm recently released their debut album, “Bloodline.”

It’s a strong start for a good new band.

Four songs come from country music. Johnnie & Jack’s 1952 hit “Heart Trouble” and Merle Haggard’s “I’m Bringing Home Good News” sound like they were meant to be bluegrass songs.

Webb’s versions of Jerry Lee Lewis’ 1974 hit, “He Can’t Fill My Shoes,” and Conway Twitty’s 1969 No. 1, “To See An Angel Cry,” both sound remarkably like the originals.

The title cut is about a man descended from preachers and moonshiners, who feels the two sides battling within him.

“Kings of Orebank” is a good nostalgic ballad about childhood friends and simpler times.

 “Big Black Train” is a bluesy uptempo song about leaving.

And there are a couple of good gospel tunes that feature strong harmony singing — “Gonna Be Moving” and “If You Don’t Believe The Bible.”

Band members include Jeremy Arrowood, Asa Gravley, Tyler Kirkpatrick and Chris Wade.

Good album by a band worth watching — and listening to.

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

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