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WILDFIRE, “Rented Room on Broadway,” Pinecastle. 12 tracks.

November 28, 2016

Wildfire was formed in 2000, when four former members of J.D. Crowe’s New South began working as the house bluegrass band at Dollywood — Dolly Parton‘s east Tennessee theme park.

After two years there, they hit the bluegrass circuit, playing festivals and concert halls across the country.

Today, band members include Robert Hale, Curt Chapman, Greg Luck, Chris Davis and John Lewis.

All but Chapman are vocalists as well as instrumentalists.

Hale wrote the first track, “Home Again,” about a man who’s been gone too long and finds he doen’t fit in in the city, and “Three,” about a man who finds that there’s about to be an addition to his family.

Most of the songs are bluegrass versions of country and pop hits from years ago.

From the pop charts, there’s The Boxtops‘ 1967 hit, “The Letter”

Country hits include Loretta Lynn‘s “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like My Daddy Anymore” from 1974, Cal Smith‘s “The Ghost of Jim Bob Wilson” from 1976, Mel Street‘s “Small Enough To Crawl” from the 1970s, Keith Whitley‘s “I Get The Picture” from 1985 and “A Bible and A Bus Ticket Home” from Collin Raye in 1994 and Confederate Railroad in 1998.

There’s the gospel of “Driving Nails” and the bluegrass of Carter Stanley‘s “Nobody’s Love Is Like Mine” and Elmer Burchett Jr.’s “Dollar.”

Another good album by a good band.

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EDGAR LOUDERMILK, “Georgia Maple,” Pinecastle. 12 tracks

June 27, 2016


Edgar Loudermilk has paid his dues — and then some.

He started playing bass in his family’s bluegrass band when he was 9 years old.

Eleven years later, Loudermilk joined Carolina Crossfire, a band with a large following in Georgia.

In 2001, he was hired by Rhonda Vincent for her band, The Rage.

A year later, Loudermilk joined Marty Raybon’s Full Circle, playing bass and singing tenor.

In 2007, he moved over to IIIrd Tyme Out, where he stayed until 2013, before deciding to work on a solo career.

“Georgia Maple,” Loudermilk’s latest Pinecastle release, finds him growing stronger as a solo artist.

He wrote or co-wrote eight of the 12 tracks, including the title song about a tree that has always been there on the family farm.

There’s a lot of nostalgia and longing on the album.

“My Kentucky Home” finds the singer visiting his childhood home, where only the barn remains.

“Homesick Blues” finds him on the road feeling bad and heading home.

“My Home In Caroline” finds the singer growing tired of rambling and heading back to the woman he loves.

And “This Letter” finds him writing the woman he loves to tell her he knows he treated her badly and wants to apologize.

“Harvest of My Heart” is about a farmer, giving thanks for his life as he plows his fields.

And Loudermilk turns Don Williams’ 1979 No. 1 country hit, “It Must Be Love,” into a bluegrass tune.

Good album.

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SISTER SADIE, “Sister Sadie,” Pinecastle. 12 tracks

June 13, 2016


Female supergroups have been rare in bluegrass music.

But Sister  Sadie is definitely a supergroup and it’s definitely female.

Dale Ann Bradley, Tina Adair, Deanie Richardson, Gena Britt and Beth Lawrence are all well known to bluegrass fans.

And Bradley is a five-time International Bluegrass Music Association female vocalist of the year.

Back in 2013, the women got together for a one-time performance at Nashville’s Station Inn.

It was so successful that they were invited to showcase at the IBMA convention in 2014 and they’ve been doing limited touring since then.

The name, by the way, comes from Tony Rice‘s “Little Sadie,” not the jazz song, “Sister Sadie.”

Now, Pinecastle has released Sister Sadie’s debut album.

The first single, “Unholy Water,” co-written by Richardson, is an uptempo song about moonshine, which “quenchs the thirst of the damned.”

There are two country classics — Carl & Pearl Butler‘s “Don’t Let Me Cross Over” from 1962 and Tanya Tucker‘s “Blood Red and Going Down” from 1973 — and a pop tune, The Carpenters “All I Can Do” from 1969.

Richardson wrote “Ava’s Fury,” the album’s only instrumental.

Adair wrote and sings, “Not This Time,” a song that says she won’t take him back again, and “Now Forever’s Gone,” another good-bye song.

Bradley makes the gospel “Look What I’m Trading For A Mansion” her own in a strong performance.

Adair gives another strong performance on Harley Allen‘s “Mama’s Room,” which is a “place of safety for a child.”

A strong album by five very talented women.

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NU-BLU, “Nights,” Red Squared. 12 tracks.

May 17, 2010

North Carolina-based Nu-Blu has had a roller-coaster year.

Last October, during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual convention in Nashville, Pinecastle Records signed the band to a recording contract.

But before the band’s first album could be released, Pinecastle closed its doors.

Fortunately for fans, Nu-Blu has released the album and its first single — “Spin on a Red Brick Floor” — on its own.

The single, written by Nanci Griffith, is about life on the road and wanting to be with the one you love.

Nu-Blu is centered around Daniel and Carolyn Routh, a couple whose musical background ranges from Broadway-style musicals to gospel, country, blues and classic rock.

When the bluegrass bug bit, they formed Nu-Blu in 2003. That fall, Carolyn suffered two strokes that slowed the band’s development and nearly ended her career before it moved to the national stage.

Kendall Gales and Levi Austin round out the band, which describes itself as giving “the listener a diverse experience, while remaining within the realms of bluegrass.”

Greg Luck, who co-produced the album with Carolyn Routh, adds his fiddle to the mix. The band really needs to consider adding a fiddle player for the future.

The Rouths co-wrote two songs — “In and Out of Love,” and “How Do I Move On.”

Daniel Routh co-wrote “My Sweet Carolyn” with Austin and sings lead on it. 

But Carolyn Routh, who has a voice you’ll want to hear more of, is the band’s lead singer.

One of the best songs on the album is “Old Black Suit,” a song about an old man looking at the suit he’s worn for all special occasions since his wedding at 22 and now he’s planning to wear it one last time.

A cynic might say that’s one heck of suit. But whether anyone could wear the same suit that many years or not, it’s a good song.

The title cut, written by Donna Hughes, is about missing someone who has died.

“I know that heaven’s glad to have you,” Carolyn Routh sings, “but I sure wish you were here.”

It’s a feeling most people have experienced.

A good album by a good new band.

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