MONROE CROSSING, “The Road Has No End,” no label. 14 tracks.

Minnesota-based Monroe Crossing is celebrating its 13th year in bluegrass with its 13th album and two new band members — Derek Johnson on guitar and vocals and David Robinson on banjo, resophonic guitar, harmonica and vocals.

The band is scheduled to perform at Carnegie Hall this year and spend a month touring Europe.

“The Road Has No End” features nine original songs along with a bluegrass version of The Hollies’ “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress,” Hank Thompson’s “Foggy River” and Jimmy Skinner’s “Doing My Time,” an old Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs number that’s performed as a tribute to Scruggs.

“The Road Has No End” — the title comes from a line in “Chattanooga,” one of the band originals — also finds Monroe Crossing using a resophonic guitar, frailing banjo, harmonica and snare drum for the first time. (Purists take note: The snare is featured on only one song.)

“Cool Cool Ride,” an uptempo number, finds two jaded people approaching love cautiously — and hopefully.

“Bullet Train” is a lightning-fast song about a train that is supposed to travel at 300 mph.

“Rain Was Turning Into Snow” is about a love that has grown as cold as the weather.

“Heavenly Table” is a song about food.

“Bread and Milk” is a song about two of the staples that every Southerner needs to survive a winter storm. (Toilet paper is the third.)

“Last Letter Home” is a Civil War song.

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

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