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MARTY RAYBON & FULL CIRCLE, “The Back Forty,” Rural Rhythm. 10 tracks.

April 1, 2013

Marty Raybon cut his teeth on bluegrass music starting in 1974 with his family band, American Bluegrass Express.

So, even though he’s only 53, this is Raybon’s 40th year as a performer.

He moved into country music from 1985 to 1996 with the group Shenandoah and racked up 13 singles that topped the country charts.

After Shenandoah parted ways, Raybon returned to bluegrass and gospel music and quickly became a headliner on the bluegrass circuit.

“The Back Forty,” his latest album, features five songs co-written by Raybon. That’s half of the 10 tracks.

The first single, “That Janie Baker,” which Raybon co-wrote, is a hard-charging salute to a woman who could move mountains.

Raybon’s other numbers include “The Big Burnsville Jail,” another hard-charging song about a man headed to jail and already plotting his escape; “A Little More Sawdust On The Floor,” a ballad that says what the world needs is more sawdust on the floor and more people kicking up their heels; “Only You, Only You,” a ballad that says she’s the only one for him; and “Mountain Love,” a song about a man in love with the girl across the holler.

Other songs include “She’s Just An Old Love Turned Memory,” a 1977 country hit for Charley Pride; and “Slowly (I’m Falling),” a 1954 hit for Webb Pierce.

“Look For Me (For I Will Be There Too)” is a gospel ballad; “The Late Night Cry Of The Whippoorwill” is a high-lonesome song about missing someone; and “Hurt Me All The Time” is an uptempo love song.

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VARIOUS ARTISTS, “Christmas: The Mountain Way,” Rural Rhythm Christian. CD, 15 tracks. DVD 16 tracks

November 19, 2012

Back in June, 11 bluegrass acts performed a live Christmas show, “Christmas: The Mountain Way,” at the Bell Theater in Pineville, Ky.

It was filmed and recorded. And now, just in time for Christmas, Rural Rhythm Christian is releasing it as a combo CD/DVD pack.

Each is just under an hour of mostly spiritual songs. The only secular material is Mike Scott’s instrumental version of “Jingle Bells,” Cumberland River’s “Christmas In The Mountains” and the title cut performed by Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley.

Not all of the sacred songs are what people generally think of as Christmas songs, but they are about Jesus.

That list includes Bradley’s “In The Sweet By and By,” Mike and Brenda Scott’s “Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus,” Audie Blaylock’s “A Voice of Our Savior,” Common Strings’ “Nothing But The Blood,” Don Gulley’s “In The Garden”  and Debbie Gulley’s “Amazing Grace.”

More traditional Christmas material includes Blaylock’s “Joy To The World,” Cumberland River Music Academy’s “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” Marty Raybon’s “Silent Night” and “There’s A Way In The Manger,” Brad Gulley’s “O Holy Night” and Steve Gulley’s “Away In The Manger.”

The concert is also a Gulley family affair. Steve Gulley is joined by his wife, Debbie; son, Brad; and father, Don, on the show.

The DVD includes interviews with the artists and a behind-the-scenes look at the concert.

Good addition to the Christmas holidays.

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MARTY RAYBON, “Southern Roots & Branches (Yesterday & Today),” Rural Rhythm. 12 tracks.

April 23, 2012

MARTY RAYBON, “Hand To The Plow,” Rural Rhythm. 10 tracks.

Marty Raybon began his musical journey in 1975 with his Florida-based family band, the American Bluegrass Express.

In 1984, Raybon headed for the bright lights of country music, settling into the lead singer role in the hot country group, Shenandoah, from 1987 to 1997.

In 2003, he returned to bluegrass in a big way with the critically acclaimed “Full Circle” album.

Lately though, fans have had a hard time knowing what to expect when they pick up a Raybon album.

Some albums are modern country, some are gospel and some are bluegrass.

This spring, Rural Rhythm has released two Raybon albums — one’s gospel and one’s bluegrass.

Both are good, but if you’re expecting bluegrass, you want bluegrass.

“Hand To The Plow” is the gospel album.

“You’ve Got To Move,” the first single, topped the Christian Voice & Cashback charts last fall.

On the traditional “I’m Working On A Building,” he’s joined by T. Graham Brown, Jimmy Fortune and Trace Adkins for some bluesy gospel.

Raybon wrote or co-wrote five songs — “Walking With God At A Guilty Distance,” “When He Reigns, It Pours,” “What Have I Done To Deserve This,” “He’s Still My Little Man (Matty’s Song)” and “You’ve Got To Move.”

“Southern Roots & Branches” is the bluegrass album.

It includes bluegrass versions of some Shenandoah hits — “I Want To Be Loved Like That,” “Next To You, Next To Me,” “Ghost In This House” and “Beulah Land.”

There are a couple of new songs — “Dirt Road Heartache,” a song about heartache and freedom on the road, and “Big Pain,” a song about a pain that just won’t heal.

Jimmy Martin’s “Home Run Man,” Bill Monroe’s “Rocky Road Blues” and Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs’ “Down The Road” bring familiar traditional bluegrass to the lineup and Rodney Crowell’s “Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper’s Dream)” adds some acoustic country flavor.

They’re both good albums. Just be aware of what you’re buying.

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MARTY RAYBON, “At His Best,” HiFive/GrandVista. 11 tracks.

April 27, 2010

Bluegrass fans will probably take issue with the title of Marty Raybon’s latest album.

There isn’t a single bluegrass track on it. And that’s a little confusing since Raybon returned to his bluegrass roots with “Full Circle,” an acclaimed 2003 album.

It’s also a bit confusing since he’s booked at several bluegrass festivals this year.

But just about every cut on “At His Best” features pianos, drums, electric guitars and steel guitars — instruments not found on bluegrass albums.

“At His Best” is modern country, which means a blend of pop and soft rock.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Unless you’re expecting bluegrass.

There’s some good material on here.

“Daddy Phone” is about a divorced father buying his son a cell phone programmed to dial him at any time.
Raybon’s “Still My Little Man (Matty’s Song)” was written about his son, Matt, who was serving in Iraq at the time.

But either song would have been just as good — maybe better — done bluegrass style.

Raybon began his musical career in 1975 with his Florida-based family band, the American Bluegrass Express.

In 1984, he headed for the bright lights of country music, settling into the lead singer role in the hot country group, Shenandoah, from 1985 to 1996.

Then, he performed briefly with his brother, Tim, as the Raybon Brothers before coming home to bluegrass.

Here’s hoping the next album is at least partially bluegrass.

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