ADAM STEFFEY, “Here To Stay,” Mountain Home Music. 12 tracks.
At 50, Adam Steffey has spent more than half of his life on the bluegrass music trail.
He has been a member of such bands as Alison Krauss & Union Station, The Isaacs and Mountain Heart.
And these days, Steffey is a member of The Boxcars — the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Instrumental Group Of The Year from 2011 through 2013.
He’s won the IBMA’s mandolin player of the year award an unprecedented 11 times.
But “Here To Stay,” which Steffey surely is, is only his fourth solo album.
It features new recordings of songs that Steffey helped make popular through his years with other bands.
You don’t see Tex Ritter with songwriting credit on many bluegrass albums.
But “Dear John,” which was recorded by Hank Williams in 1951, definitely fits well into bluegrass.
So do the Wilburn Brothers‘ “Town That Never Sleeps” and “Little Liza Jane,” a song that dates to before the Civil War.
Shawn Lane‘s “Mountain Man” tells the story of a man who refuses to sell his land to the government and is willing to fight for it.
“Town That Isn’t There” is about a place destroyed by coal mining.
“Twister (Devil’s Dance)” is about a man watching a tornado destroy his farm.
Instrumentals include “Pitching Wedge,” “Hell Among The Yearlings” and “Come Thou Fount.”
Another good album by a bluegrass master.
Look for it Sept. 23.
If you can’t find it in stores, try AdamSteffey.com.