THE FARM HANDS, “Better Than I Deserve,” Pinecastle. 12 tracks

These days, it seems like more and more bluegrass bands are calling themselves “acoustic music” groups and moving away from the traditional sounds of bluegrass.

But the Nashville-based Farm Hands quartet still leans heavily toward nostalgic songs with a rural flavor.

“Better Than I Deserve,” the band’s latest album, features a lot of nostalgia for a simpler time with plenty of patriotic and gospel music.

The title track is a (mostly) a capella gospel song, written by Daryl Mosley, the band’s bass player.

He also wrote “The Way That I Was Raised,” an uptempo song about having manners, patriotism and doing what’s right.

Keith Tew, the guitar player, wrote “Mama Prayed and Daddy Plowed,” an uptempo song about religion and hard work.

Bennie Boling, the banjo player, wrote “Farm Country,” an uptempo instrumental, and co-wrote “He’s Got An Answer For Everything,” a gospel ballad.

“The Way it Was in ’51,” one of Merle Haggard‘s lesser known songs, is about the early ’50s, when Lefty Frizzell and Hank Williams topped the country charts and the war in Korea was beginning.

“This Old Gravel Road” is about a man who has traveled the world but finds that the gravel road that leads to his boyhood home is the best place in the world.

Jerry Reed‘s “Talk About the Good Times” is another uptempo nostalgia number.

“From Your Knees” is about a man who has destroyed his home with drinking and cheating.

“Blood on the Moon” is an end-times gospel number.

“Over in the Gloryland” and “Streets of Gold” are traditional gospel songs.

Three of the four band members — Tim Graves, Tew and Mosley — are vocalists, giving the band three lead singers.

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

Keith Lawrence, 691-7301, klawrence@messenger-inquirer.com

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