UNSPOKEN TRADITION, ” Miles Between,” Crossroads. 10 tracks
Unspoken Tradition describes itself as “five working-class guys from North Carolina” who got together in 2013 to play bluegrass.
The three founding members — Lee Shuford and Audie and Zane McGinnis — got together at picking sessions. And within a year, they were joined by Ty Gilpin and Tim Gardner.
Band members describe their sound as “working-class bluegrass.”
“Miles Between” is the band’s second album.
And like the first, “Simple Little Town,” it’s mostly originals.
The two exceptions are the uptempo “Point of Rocks Station” and “One Mule Plow,” a song about a man working a rocky farm with a mule, hoping the plow doesn’t break and the mule doesn’t die.
“The Bullet” tells the story of violence from the standpoint of a bullet.
In “Been In Love Before,” the singer knows all that can go wrong in a relationship, but he’s still willing to try again.
The title cut, “Miles Between Them,” is about a couple that can’t seem to work out their problems.
“Rivers That I’ve Crossed” is about the 10th anniversary of the death of a woman who drowned in a wreck.
“Losers Like Me” is a ballad about a man killing pain with beer and cigarettes.
“Rattlesnake Run” is a hard-driving instrumental.
“One More Drink” finds a man unable to face his wife because he can’t stop drinking.
“Who Will Sing” sounds like a gospel quartet, but it’s about bluegrass and who will continue to sing the old songs.
Good album by a good band.
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