Archive for March 2016

THE BOXCARS, “Familiar With The Ground,” Mountain Home. 11 tracks

March 21, 2016

The Boxcars burst on the bluegrass scene in 2010 as a supergroup.

All five members had long bluegrass resumes.

The band quickly picked up instrumental group of the year honors from the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Their latest album, “Familiar With The Ground,” kicks off with Townes Van Zandt‘s cryptic “Lungs” and runs through a mix of traditional and progressive sounds.

“Raised on Pain” tells the story of a man who’s lived a hard life and thinks he can’t feel pain until the woman he loves leaves him.

The title track is about a struggling musician who knows how it feels to fly, but now he’s getting by with little, knowing how it feels to be on the ground.

“Branchville Line” is about a man who’s been falsely imprisoned for murder, but after 10 years in prison is about to break out.

“Let The Water Wash Over Me” finds an old man remembering a tragic drowning when he was 13.

“Marshallville” tells the story of a preacher tracking down the man who killed his wife.

“Brown Hill” is a blazing tale of moonshiner.

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CIRCA BLUE, “Once Upon A Time,” Orange Blossom. 10 tracks.

March 14, 2016

Steve Harris founded Circa Blue in 2010, not long after his return to bluegrass music.

“Once Upon A Time” is the band’s third album.

It’s a mixture of original songs — Harris co-wrote three, including the title track with fiddler Malia Furtado; three songs from the public domain; Juice Newton‘s 1981 country hit “Queen of  Hearts” and Gordon Lightfoot‘s “Whispers of the North.”

“Carolina Dust” is an uptempo song about an old man who’s had a tough life on farm that never really paid off. He’s buried two wives, his sons are gone and he’s praying for death.

“Before You Leave Here” warns the person who’s leaving that there is no coming back.

“Tripped Stumbled and Fell” finds a woman complaining that cupid’s arrows always miss her — and then she meets the person she falls for.

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KRISTY COX, “Part of Me,”Pisgah Ridge, 11 tracks

March 7, 2016

Kristy Cox, a top Australian bluegrass musician, has been making her mark in the United States since 2013.

“Part of Me,” her new album, is her second in this country.

Jerry Salley, the Nashville singer-songwriter who produced the album, wrote or co-wrote seven of the 11 tracks.

Cox wrote or co-wrote four, including three with Salley

Chris Stapleton‘s “Daddy Doesn’t Pray Anymore,” with its surprise ending, is one of the album’s highlights.

“Another Weary Mile,” a hard-driving song about driving through a snow storm on her way home with the gas tank nearing empty, kicks off the high-energy album.

“You Walked In” is an uptempo song about a woman facing a lonely weekend until she meets a man in a restaurant.

“William Henry Johnson” is the tale of a ladies man and a woman who thought she could change him. And when she couldn’t, well, she got even.

The title track, written by Pam Tillis and Salley, is about a woman wishing the new man in her life had come along before another man hurt her bad.

“Your Love Never Grows Old” finds a couple looking back on the 30 years they’ve been together.

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