Shannon Slaughter has spent two decades in bluegrass including stints with Lost & Found, Larry Stephenson, Savannah Road, Melonie Cannon and the Lonesome River Band.
Heather Slaughter is a former member of Acoustic Rain.
Now, the husband-wife team are working together, making some very good bluegrass and traditional country music.
The title cut of their latest album, “Never Just A Song,” is a Tim Stafford-Pam Tillis tribute to the late Harley Allen, who died of lung cancer four years ago at age 55.
But the lyrics are more honest than flowery — “He gave Jim Beam a bad name before it put him in the grave.”
“Whiskey Colored Dreams” is stone country, the kind of song you might find on a jukebox that’s been in storage since the late 1950s or early 1960s. And it sounds great.
Between them, the Slaughters co-wrote eight of the tracks on the album.
“Back To Birmingham” is a song about returning to your roots.
“Company Town” is about life in a hard-scrabble mining town.
“Feelin’ Better” is an old Hank Williams Jr. song about getting his life back together.
“Go Sin No More” is a gospel song about redemption.
“Ridin’ The Lightin’, Ropin’ The Storm” is a western song about a man running from the law.
“The Best Thing We Ever Did” is a personal song about the Slaughters finding each other and having a baby. The baby, Rae Carroll Slaughter, makes her recording debut, cooing at the end of the song.
The Slaughters have a good sound and songs worth hearing more than once.
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