Archive for February 2016

LONESOME RIVER BAND, “Bridging The Tradition,” Mountain Home, 12 tracks.

February 29, 2016

The Lonesome River Band is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its “Carrying The Tradition” album, which highlighted the bluegrass tradition while adding new elements to the music, with “Bridging The Tradition,” which continues the expansion of the band’s sound.

Drums and piano are a couple of elements traditionalists might find a little jarring.

But they work in this context.

Songs include the traditional “Boats Up The River,” Ralph Stanley‘s “Rock Bottom,” and “Rose in Paradise,” a No. 1 country song by Waylon Jennings in 1987.

But for the most part, the rest of the material is relatively new.

Band member Brandon Rickman co-wrote three — “Showing My Age,” “Mirrors Never Lie” and “Waiting On My Heart To Break.”

“Showing My Age” is one of the album’s highlights.

The singer is facing 40, turning gray and wondering where the years have gone.

“You get old or you die,” he reasons.

And there’s a well-deserved dig at Nashville — “Sure miss country music.”

“Thunder and Lightning” is about a moonshiner.

The rest of the album is about relationships — most of which aren’t working.

The release date is March 18.

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DANIEL CRABTREE, “The Gospel Road,” no label. 12 tracks

February 22, 2016

Singer-songwriter bluegrass gospel albums are rare.

But Daniel Crabtree, a member of The Lights Chapel Boys, has accomplished the task.

He wrote or co-wrote all 12 tracks on “The Gospel Road.”

The title track is about the journey of a person who finds salvation at a tent revival.

“Don’t Take Your Eyes Off Jesus” is an uptempo song that says if you want to walk on water, you first have to get out of the boat.

“Elijah” is an uptempo song about the Old Testament prophet Elijah.

“Time’s Getting Short” tells how time slips away from all of us.

“Jesus, Won’t You Guide Me” asks for help on his daily journey through life.

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DAVE ADKINS, “Dave Adkins,” Mountain Fever. 12 tracks

February 15, 2016

Pikeville, Ky., native Dave Adkins began playing bluegrass as an 8-year-old.

And by the time he was 17, he was performing at Dollywood.

After trying his hand in country and rock, Adkins returned to bluegrass — his first love — in 2010 with Dave Adkins & Republik Steel.

In 2015, he teamed with Edgar Loudermilk for a successful album.

And now, Adkins is back with a self-titled solo album.

A singer-songwriter, he wrote six of the 12 tracks on the album

“Emmaline” tells the story of an eastern Kentucky coal trucker about to leave his wife for another woman.

“Russell Fork River” is a tragic story about a woman who drowned and an innocent man who was hanged.

“Angel Song” finds a man wanting to hear his dead wife’s song from heaven.

“A Whole Lot More To Tell” is uptempo gospel.

“Turn and Burn” is a hard-driving song about a trucker.

“You Don’t Have To Go To Be Gone” finds a couple living together but not really together.

“Sold” topped the country charts for John Michael Montgomery two decades ago.

A good album.

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