Steve Gulley has been around the bluegrass block a few times.
He spent 16 years at historic Renfro Valley as a performer, music director, studio manager and producer.
From there, Gulley spent a couple of years with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.
Then, he became a founding member of Mountain Heart, went on to Grasstowne and spent a couple of years working with Dale Ann Bradley.
Last year, he formed New Pinnacle and went on his own.
The band’s first album, which was self-titled, was well received.
And the new album, “Aim High,” should be as well.
Some bluegrass albums these days are more country or Americana than bluegrass.
But “Aim High” is unmistakenly — and unapologetically — bluegrass.
The title track, a hard-charging song about not being afraid to break the mold and take chances, has already topped the Bluegrass Today charts.
Gulley co-wrote three songs — “Deceitful Kind,” “Love Brings You Home” and “Short Life Full of Trouble.”
The first is an untempo murder ballad.
The second is a ballad about a man who’s been everywhere, but now love is calling him home.
The third is a ballad about a man who’s going in style — until he’s murdered.
“Not Now” is the story of a man who doesn’t have time for his wife and son — and then he’s shot and pleads for more time.
“Closer to the Shore” is pure mountain gospel.
“Common Man’s Train of Thought” is a song about politics and who’s going to represent the common people.
Another good album by a man who’s known for good albums.
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Keith Lawrence (270) 691-7301