STEVE HARRIS, “Sundown,” Orange Blossom Records. 11 tracks.
Steve Harris grew up in a family band that specialized in bluegrass gospel.
But as a young man, he put the music aside to concentrate on his career.
Then, in 2007, at a bluegrass festival, Harris rediscovered his love for bluegrass music.
After three years of re-establishing himself as a musician, he founded the band Circa Blue, which has released two albums to date.
Now, Harris has released his first solo album — “Sundown.”
It’s all bluegrass gospel.
Many of the songs are familiar hymns from his — and many other people’s — childhoods.
That list includes “In The Garden,” “I’ll Fly Away,” “Where Could I Go,” “Drifting Too Far From The Shore” and “Softly And Tenderly.”
Also featured are Louis Marshall “Grandpa” Jones‘ “Falling Leaves” and the title cut, originally recorded by the Chuck Wagon Gang.
All of the songs are ones Harris grew up singing or listening to.
Mary Paula Wilson sings lead on “Someday My Ship Will Sail” and Sarah Harris of Trinity River Band sings lead on “Falling Leaves.”
Steve Harris, who sings lead on the rest, has a pleasant voice and the picking is first class.