THE WILLIAMSON BROTHERS, “Bluegrass!” Flatt Mountain Records. 13 tracks.
In an era when many bluegrass acts call their music “acoustic” rather than “bluegrass” and no longer hold their instruments in pictures on album covers, Tony and Gary Williamson call their new album simply “Bluegrass!”
And the album cover is a picture of just the instruments — banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and bass.
You can’t be more clear than that.
This is traditional bluegrass music.
Tony and Gary Williamson have been performing together, off and on, since 1957 when they were kids. That means their duets are honed to perfection.
The new album includes three originals — “First Step of the Journey” and “Song For Jimmy Campbell,” a pair of uptempo instrumentals, and “Over In The Sky,” an uptempo gospel song.
There are traditional numbers — “Green Grow The Lilacs,” “John Hardy,” “The Wreck of the Old 97” and “Lonesome Road Blues.”
There are songs by early bluegrass musicians — Hylo Brown’s “Thunderclouds of Love” and Charlie Monroe’s “Angels Carry Me Home.”
Other songs include “I Miss My Dear Mother and Dad,” “Lamplighting Time in the Valley,” “I Live In The Past” and “Don’t Let Your Sweet Love Die.”
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