WILDFIRE, “Crash Course in the Blues,” Lonesome Day Records. 12 tracks.
Wildfire was formed in 2000. when four former members of J.D. Crowe’s New South began working as the house bluegrass band at Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s east Tennessee theme park.
After two years there, they hit the bluegrass circuit, playing festivals and concert halls across the country.
Today, only Robert Hale and Curt Chapman remain from the original lineup, but the band is still going strong.
“Crash Course in the Blues” is a strong album with good songs, good harmony and good picking.
The title track tells the story of a West Virginia boy who thought Los Angeles looked like heaven until a California angel broke his heart.
“21 Years” is about a man who goes to prison for a crime his girlfriend committed, only to find that she’s quickly forgotten him.
“Lies That You Told” is about a woman who broke her wedding vows with her husband’s best friend — and now she’s dead. (What more could you ask for in a bluegrass song?)
“Daddy Loved Trains” is about a man who loved trains more than his family — “Mama loved Daddy, but Daddy loved trains.”
“I Wanna Know Your Name” finds the singer trying to get to know a woman in the front row at a show.
“Paint This Town” finds a woman from the Kentucky hills going honky-tonking.
And “She Burnt The Little Roadside Tavern Down” is a blend of bluegrass and honky-tonk music about a woman who gets tired of her man hanging around a tavern and takes action.
Good album by a good band.
Can’t find it in stores? Try www.WildfireBand.com.