LOU REID & CAROLINA, “20th Anniversary Concert,” KMA Records. 12 tracks.

North Carolina native Lou Reid began his bluegrass journey in the early 1970s with a band called the Bluegrass Buddies. In 1973, he moved to the Atlanta-based Southland.

Reid made it to the big time in 1979 as a founding member of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.

From there, he moved to Ricky Skaggs’ country band and then to the Seldom Scene before forming Carolina in 1992.

In 1997, after the death of John Duffey, Reid rejoined the Seldom Scene and has been playing with both bands ever since.

In December, Carolina celebrated its 20th anniversary with a concert at the Down Home in Johnson City, Tenn.

It was recorded and the result is an album that shows Reid and his band at the top of their game.

It’s one of the best bluegrass albums you’ll hear this year.

There are a couple of hits from the band’s past — “Amanda Lynn” and “Time.”

And there are a couple of songs from the Seldom Scene repertoire — – “Lord Have Mercy (On My Soul)” and “Lost In A Memory.”

“Lord Have Mercy (On My Soul)” is done a capella here and it sounds great.

There’s plenty of hard-charging traditional bluegrass — “Grass Lover,” “I Call Your Name,” “Carolina Moonshine Man” and “When It Rains.”

And there are a couple of ballads — “Long Black Veil” and “I Couldn’t Find My Walking Shoes.”

Christy Reid, a member of her husband’s band for more than a decade, sings Carter Stanley’s “She’s More To Be Pitied.”

Fans of Lou Reid & Carolina will definitely want this album in their collection.

Can’t find it in stores? Try Amazon.com.

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