NEWTOWN, “Harlan Road,” Mountain Home. 11 tracks
Kati Penn-Williams started playing the fiddle when she was 10.
By the time she was 12, she was playing and singing with the Young Acoustic All-Stars, a band of teen-aged musicians.
Later, she became a member of the New Coon Creek Girls and continued through its transformation into the Dale Ann Bradley Band.
Since 2009, she’s headed NewTown, a Lexington, Ky.-based band, with her husband, Junior Williams, who honed his skills with NewFound Road.
They’re both good singers, giving the band more strength.
“Harlan Road,” the new album, is bluegrass infused with Americana, jazz, funk and a bit of rock.,
The title track, sung by Junior Williams, finds a lonely man waiting for his woman to come to him on a coal train.
His “Drifter Blues” tells the tale of a man who’s down on his luck and sinking lower every day.
And Williams’ “Hard Times” finds a man who’s desperate for a job turning to crime because “hell’s probably better than trying to get by.”
Kati Penn-Williams’ “All That I Can Take” finds a woman who’s given all she can and is hitting the road for a Mexican beach.
Her version of Lucinda Williams‘ “Can’t Let Go” rocks with as much country as bluegrass.
And “The Crows and the Jakes” finds her about to meet the hangman.
“Come Back To Me” is a duet that finds both singers wanting to reunite.
“Feast of the Gryphon,” written by Hayes Griffin, the band’s guitar player, is the album’s only instrumental.
Can’t find it in stores? Try TheNewtownBand.com.
Keith Lawrence (270) 691-7301