THE GENTLEMEN OF BLUEGRASS, “Carolina Memories,” Pinecastle. 14 tracks.
The Gentlemen of Bluegrass — all five of them — spent years playing bluegrass in other ensembles before forming this North Carolina-based band.
Their sound is similar to the early Country Gentlemen and the Seldom Scene — and that’s intentional.
“Carolina Memories” is an example of both the band’s tight harmonies and its good song selection.
Lorraine Jordan‘s moving “Tribute to John Duffey” is one of the highlights of the album, crafting memories of the man who was an integral part of both the Country Gentlemen and the Seldom Scene.
The album mines the songs of both bands.
There’s the Country Gentlemen’s “Waltz of the Angels,” “Traveling Kind” and “This Morning At Nine.”
The Scene is represented with “Keep Me From Blowing Away.”
Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs are also represented with “Father’s Table Grace” and “Will The Roses Bloom.”
And George Jones’ “Old Old House” was brought into bluegrass by Bill Monroe.
Mac Wiseman‘s “Blue Birds Calling” is also featured.
And there’s a great a capella version of “Amazing Grace.”
New material includes the title cut, written by Jordan; and lead singer Danny Stanley‘s “Big Jim” and “God’s Country.”
Band members include Stanley, Tom Langdon, J.C. Rowland, Greg Penny and Randy Smith.
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