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JUNIOR SISK & RAMBLERS CHOICE, “Heartaches & Dreams,” Rebel. 12 tracks.

June 21, 2010

If you think hard-core traditional bluegrass is hard to find these days, you haven’t heard Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice.

“Heartaches and Dreams” is rock solid bluegrass. Many of the songs are new, but the sound is old.

Harry Sisk Jr. — “Junior Sisk” to bluegrass fans — made his mark as a songwriter in the early 1990s and stepped onto the national stage in 1996 as a singer/guitar player with Wyatt Rice & Santa Cruz.

Two years later, he formed the first version of Ramblers Choice and then left after one album to play with Lost & Found for a short period until he joined Alan Bibey in BlueRidge.

In 2008, Sisk brought back Ramblers Choice with the critically acclaimed album “Blue Side of the Blue Ridge.” His cousin, Tim Massey, shared lead singing duties with Sisk and continues to do so today.

Now, the band is back with another strong album.

There are plenty of lost love songs — “Train Without A Track,” “Working Hard Ain’t Hardly Working Anymore,” “A Black Hearse Following Me,” “You Broke Your Promise” and “The Laugh’s On Me.”

There are a couple of story songs — “Bullets Always Win” and “Guns, Coins and Jewelry.” And a couple of gospel songs — “The Lowest Valley” and “Let The Light Shine Down,” a blazing tune most often associated with Bill Monroe.

Strong harmonies, solid picking and two soulful lead singers. What more could you ask for?

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