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BLUE MAFIA, “Hanging Tree,” Pinecastle. 12 tracks

November 21, 2016

 

Blue Mafia is a fairly new band, formed in 2011 in Muncie, Indiana, by Tony and Dara Wray.

But its members spent years in other bands before becoming part of the Mafia.

“Hanging Tree” is the band’s second release on the Pinecastle label.

The title track is a bluegrass version of a song from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.”

Dara Wray wrote three of the tracks — “The Man You Know,” a gospel song that has an a capella intro, “You Belong With Me,” about a woman trying to hang onto a man who’s gone and “Life,” a song filled with nostalgia.

Calib Smith, the band’s banjo player, wrote the opening track, “Like A Mining Man,” a song about miners.

There’s the Bill Monroe classic, “With Body and Soul,” and Carter Stanley‘s “Say Won’t You Be Mine” for traditional fans.

Other songs include “Sweet Mary of the Mountains,” “Baby You’re Gone,” “Midnight Rain,” “Loneliness and Desperation” and “Who Are You.”

Look for it in stores on Dec. 9.

Or go to PinecastleMusic.com.

 

 

BLUE MAFIA, “Pray For Rain,” Pinecastle. 13 tracks

January 26, 2015

Blue Mafia is a fairly new band, formed in 2011 in Muncie, Indiana, by Tony and Dara Wray.

But its members have spent years in other bands before becoming part of the Mafia.

“Pray For Rain,” their second album, goes on sale Feb. 10.

Dara Wray wrote three of the songs — “One Bad Day,” about a man who is one bad day away from prison; “Consider It Goodbye,” about a man who is leaving and a woman who just doesn’t care anymore; and the title track.

There’s a Tom T. and Dixie Hall song, “I Didn’t See It Coming,” about a woman who didn’t expect to lose the man she loves.

There’s a Peter Rowan song, “Moonshiner.”

And there are a couple of Ralph Stanley songs — “East Virginia Blues” and “I’m Lonesome Without You.”

There are a couple of gospel songs — “Had To Be Crippled” and “He’s In Control.”

There’s an instrumental — “Backtrail” — written by Cody Looper, the band’s banjo player.

And there’s a bluegrass version of an old pop song — “Born to Be With You” — that went to No. 5 on the pop charts for The Chordettes in 1956 and became a No. 1 country hit for Sonny James in 1968.

Good album.

Can’t find it in stores? Try BlueMafiaBand.com.