NU-BLU, “Ten,” Rural Rhythm. 10 tracks

North Carolina-based Nu-Blu is celebrating 10 years in bluegrass with a new 10-track album titled — what else? — “Ten.”

The band overcame more adversity in its early years than most see in a lifetime.

Carolyn and Daniel Routh formed Nu-Blu in 2003.

That fall, she suffered two strokes, lost her ability to speak as well as the use of her right side — and almost lost her life.

But Carolyn Routh battled back to become a fine lead singer and bass player.

In 2009, Nu-Blu signed with Pinecastle Records, one of the genre’s most respected labels.

But a few months later, before the band’s new album, “Nights,” could be released, Pinecastle closed its doors.

The Rouths decided to self-release the album and its first single, “Spin on the Red Brick Floor.”

It scored well on several charts and Nu-Blu was named 2010 Country Band of the Year by the Carolina Music Awards.

Then, in September 2010, the Pinecastle label was purchased and reopened. And Nu-Blu was signed to a new contract.

Last fall, they released “Nail By Nail,” a critically acclaimed gospel EP with seven tracks.

Now, Nu-Blu is back with a strong secular album on the Rural Rhythm label.

It kicks off with Carolyn singing lead on “That Road,” a song about life on the bluegrass circuit, missing home and missing the man she loves.

On “Without A Kiss,” a woman says goodbye to her husband who died in a coal mine accident and promises to meet him in heaven.

Levi Austin, who plays guitar and banjo in the band, sings lead on “Eddie’s Garage,” a ballad about a “home-grown slice of Americana.”

Daniel Routh takes the lead on “The Seed,” a song about planting crops and learning life’s lessons from his father.

“All Americans” is a trio number about how Americans are always arguing and fighting among themselves instead of pulling together.

“Giant Squid,” a rather unusual title for a bluegrass tune, is an instrumental written by Austin Koerner, the band’s mandolin player.

Another good album from a good band.

Can’t find it in stores? Try nu-blu.com.

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