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THE FARM HANDS, “Colors,” Pinecastle. 12 tracks

July 3, 2017

The Farm Hands have been traveling the bluegrass circuit for seven years now.

And they’re starting to get the kind of attention they deserve.

Tim Graves, Daryl Mosley, Keith Tew and Don Hill have all had success on their own and it’s translating into success for the group.

“Colors,” the new album on the Pinecastle label, features a good collection of traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel songs from a band with three lead singers.

The title track is a patriotic song about the colors of the military as well as the red, white and blue of the flag.

“Rural Route” and “His Old Fiddle” are both filled with nostalgia for the country life.

There’s a good bluegrass version of Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons‘ “Sin City,” originally recorded 41 years ago by the Flying Burrito Brothers.

And they turn “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like My Daddy Anymore,” the old Loretta Lynn country classic, into a good bluegrass song.

Tew’s “The Old 109” is a ballad about a train wreck on a cold winter night.

There’s a bluegrass version of Bob Dylan‘s “Nashville Skyline Rag.”

The album also features a collection of good bluegrass gospel — “The Four of Us,” “The Bible In The Drawer,” “Crying for Crumbs,” “I’m Going Home” and “Anywhere Is Home.”

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THE FARM HANDS, “Better Than I Deserve,” Pinecastle. 12 tracks

January 19, 2015

These days, it seems like more and more bluegrass bands are calling themselves “acoustic music” groups and moving away from the traditional sounds of bluegrass.

But the Nashville-based Farm Hands quartet still leans heavily toward nostalgic songs with a rural flavor.

“Better Than I Deserve,” the band’s latest album, features a lot of nostalgia for a simpler time with plenty of patriotic and gospel music.

The title track is a (mostly) a capella gospel song, written by Daryl Mosley, the band’s bass player.

He also wrote “The Way That I Was Raised,” an uptempo song about having manners, patriotism and doing what’s right.

Keith Tew, the guitar player, wrote “Mama Prayed and Daddy Plowed,” an uptempo song about religion and hard work.

Bennie Boling, the banjo player, wrote “Farm Country,” an uptempo instrumental, and co-wrote “He’s Got An Answer For Everything,” a gospel ballad.

“The Way it Was in ’51,” one of Merle Haggard‘s lesser known songs, is about the early ’50s, when Lefty Frizzell and Hank Williams topped the country charts and the war in Korea was beginning.

“This Old Gravel Road” is about a man who has traveled the world but finds that the gravel road that leads to his boyhood home is the best place in the world.

Jerry Reed‘s “Talk About the Good Times” is another uptempo nostalgia number.

“From Your Knees” is about a man who has destroyed his home with drinking and cheating.

“Blood on the Moon” is an end-times gospel number.

“Over in the Gloryland” and “Streets of Gold” are traditional gospel songs.

Three of the four band members — Tim Graves, Tew and Mosley — are vocalists, giving the band three lead singers.

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