DARRELL WEBB BAND, “Breaking Down The Barriers,” Rural Rhythm. 11 tracks.

If you like a bluegrass-country mix with a lot of meat in the lyrics, “Breaking Down The Barriers” is an album you’ll want to check out.

Darrell Webb honed his skills playing with J.D. Crowe & The New South, Lonesome River Band and Wildfire before forming his own band a couple of years ago.

He was definitely ready for the move.

“Pistol and Pen,” the first video from the album, is a musical suicide note from a man who has lost everything important to him. The video had the support of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

But that’s just one of the strong songs on the album.

“Goodbye To The Sun” is a protest song about the way miners — and the land — are treated.

“False Idols” is a song about the heroes of pop culture and the people who worship them.

“This Old Town” is about coming home after several years to find a number of changes.

“Always Leave ’em Smilin’ (When You’re Gone)” is a song about 1,500 people turning out for the funeral of an old black man who always did what the title says.

“Beckett’s Back 40 Acres” tells the story of an old farmer who secretly grows “what he shouldn’t” and prospers while his neighbors go through hard times.

The only cover of a previous hit record is “Prisoner Of  The Highway,” a 1984 hit for Ronnie Milsap.

This could be the album that takes Webb to the next level.

Can’t find it in stores? Try http://www.DarrellWebbBand.com.

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