Garrett Newton is one of those child prodigies — like Marty Stuart and Alison Krauss — who pop up in bluegrass from time to time.
He started playing banjo at 6 and was winning contests within two years.
Now, at 17, he has his own band and a new CD on the market.
The title track was written by Mark “Brink”Brinkman and Terry Foust especially for the band.
It’s an uptempo song about a boy who prefers his grandfather’s old truck to a new car and loves to listen to old bluegrass and country songs.
He was born 40 years too late, the song says.
That’s Newton’s story as well.
He’s not a singer, though.
The vocals are handled by Allen Dyer, the rhythm guitar player.
But Newton’s banjo is clearly the lead instrument on the album.
The album kicks off with a rousing version of “Ain’t Nobody Gonna Miss Me (When I’m Gone),” the old George Jones song that’s been covered by many bluegrass artists.
Then, it moves into “Country Poor and Proud,” a ballad about hard times.
There are three instrumentals — “Farewell Blues,” “Bells of St. Mary” and “Remington Ride.”
There’s four-part harmony on the gospel song, “Old Camp Meeting Time.”
And “The Last Hanging of Wise County” tells the story of a man hanged for a crime he didn’t commit.
Good album by a newcomer who sounds like he’ll be around awhile.
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