SHANNON & HEATHER SLAUGHTER & COUNTY CLARE, “One More Road,” Elite Circuit Music. 14 tracks.

You might be expecting an Irish band with a name like “County Clare,” but Shannon and Heather Slaughter are from Florida and Alabama respectively.

And their sound is strictly American bluegrass.

Shannon Slaughter has spent two decades in bluegrass including stints with Lost & Found, Larry Stephenson, Savannah Road, Melonie Cannon and the Lonesome River Band.
Heather Slaughter is a former member of Acoustic Rain.

Shannon wrote or co-wrote eight of the 14 songs on the new band’s debut album including one — “You Ain’t Going Nowhere” — with Heather.

The song says that you can’t move forward “till you leave the past behind.”

So far, the album which was released in March, has produced two singles — “The Lives of the Innocent,” a Civil War song written and sung by Shannon, and Tim Hardin‘s “If I Were A Carpenter,” probably best known for the Johnny Cash-June Carter Cash duet in 1970.

There are a couple of country covers — Rodney Crowell’s “Even Cowgirls Get The Blues” and “Pass Me By,” a 1972 hit for Johnny Rodriguez.

Original songs include “They Never Got The Chance,” an anti-abortion song; “The Ballad of Johnse Hatfield,” a song about the Hatfield-McCoy feud; “When Scruggs Made Me A Star,” a song about Earl Scruggs’ three-finger banjo roll; and “Daddy Killed The Calf,” a song about having to kill a calf to survive the Dust Bowl years.

Shannon and Heather Slaughter are both strong lead singers.

Expect good things from this band.

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