MICHAEL & JENNIFER McLAIN, “Hit The Road And Go,” Big Pick Productions. 12 tracks

 

In the 1970s and 1980s, the McLain Family Band seemed to be everywhere in bluegrass.

Michael McLain, the youngest member of the clan, is still carrying on the family name today with his wife, Jennifer.

Their latest album, “Hit The Road and Go,” offers a wide variety of bluegrass styles with a feel for gospel, blues and a little swing.

Jennifer McLain handles most of the vocal work and she has a voice you’ll want to hear over and over.

The album kicks off with Ray Charles‘ “This Old Heart (Is Gonna Rise Again),” which has a gospel feel to it.

There’s Dolly Parton‘s “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind,” Carl Perkins’ “Restless,” Marty Stuart‘s “Busy Bee Cafe” and the Osborne Brothers‘ “Up This Hill and Down.”

There’s the gospel of “Jesus Hold My Hand” and “I’m Ready To Go.”

And a couple of instrumentals — “McIntosh” and “Lady of Spain.”

“Boom Town” is a ballad about a town whose boom has faded and the people are moving on.

Good album by a good band.

Can’t find it in stores?

Try http://www.banjocats.com.

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