In 1995, J.D. Crowe & the New South was nominated for a Grammy for their album, “Flashback.”
Twenty years later, the four members of the New South — Richard Bennett, Curt Chapman, Don Rigsby and Phil Leadbetter — got back together for a reunion show.
And now, taking the name of that album as the name for the band, the four — along with Stuart Wyrick taking Crowe’s banjo post — have released their first album.
This is actually the second band made up of Crowe alumni.
Wildfire was the first in 2002.
Flashback has a traditional sound, as you would expect.
Bennett and Rigsby wrote the title track, an uptempo song about a man returning to the mountains after his wife dies.
And Bennett co-wrote four other tracks — “Two Rivers,” “Camp Forest,” “Georgia Backroads” and “The Hag Song.”
The latter — a tribute to the late Merle Haggard — is one that Haggard fans will want to hear.
In a nod to the roots of bluegrass, the album includes Carter Stanley‘s “You’re Still To Blame” and Charlie and Ira Louvin‘s “Let Us Travel, Travel On.”
Great album by a band that sounds as good as or maybe better than it did 20 years ago.
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