Bluegrass

Twang Tuesday – Cherryholmes – Part II

ok so back to Cherryholmes – they are a  family band – yes unbeknown to me they are a family band consisting of:

Sandy Lee (Mom) on mandolin
Jere (Dad) on upright bass

Cia (26) on banjo who writes 75 percent of the bands songs and provides most of the lead vocals
B.J. (21) on fiddle and mandolin, lead and harmony vocals
Skip (20) on guitar
Molly (17) on fiddle

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Twang Tuesday – Part 1 -Cherryholmes


Ok so once again it takes me a while to find some bands, but eventually I get there! Last night I was looking at the Roots Music Report and saw a band at number 19 Cherryholmes and their album Cherryholmes IV. So I checked Rhapsody and they only had up to III and when I checked the website I saw that IV will be released in June. So I put Cherryholmes II on the mp3 player and gave it a listen. Now I know why the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) named them “2005 Entertainers of the Year” , they can flat out play and sing! I’ll listen again and maybe to Cherryholmes III this afternoon and write a complete review tonight! Until then enjoy their performance of “I Don’t Know” from the 2005 IBMA Awards Show!


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New Friends – Cornmeal!

So the other day, when I was looking up information about Great American Taxi I saw a new music chart at Jambands.com and on that chart at No4 was a band called Cornmeal and their new album Live in Chicago,Il., Vol.1. So I wentto Rhapsody to check them out. Rhapsody didn’t have have the new album but did have several others including their 2006 release Feet First.After the first few minutes of the first song “River Gap”, I knew I had another progressive bluegrass band to add to my growing list of new favorites!  These guys and gal are absolutely fantastic! The vocals are great, and the picking is some of the fastest and best I have ever heard! Here is some information about the band from their biography at their website:

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Twang Tuesday – Justin and the hunt ends??

So the last member of Dan Tyminski’s Band solo album that I listened to today was Justin Moses 2006 release Dusty Roads. Since it is late, I will let someone else tell you about the album. From Justin’s website:

“Holy cow! Moses does everything except leap tall buildings in single bound so don’t be surprised to see Moses leap into prominence in the world of bluegrass. He does it all: lead, tenor, and high baritone vocals, mandolin, banjo, guitar, Dobro, and bass.
“Dusty Roads” is an energetic recording with fingers flying in all directions and most of the fingers belong to a multi talented Moses. His first single release features phenomenal musicianship from start to finish. For example, on several tracks, with over-dubbing, Moses is the only musician on a toe tapping “Old Federal,” “Comin’ Up A Cloud,” “Rounding The Bases,” and the progressive sounding “Turning Point.”
Whether he is playing alone or getting a little help from his friends, Moses displays a smooth innovative technique. His authoritative approach is fresh yet filled with the soul of traditional bluegrass. Speaking of friends, Moses has some good ones, including Blue Moon Rising Bandmates Tim Tipton (bass), Chris West (guitar and tenor) and Keith Garrett (guitar and lead vocal), and guests Steve Gully (tenor), and Andy Leftwich (fiddle).
Other favorites are “Heart of Alabama,” a heartwarming love story, “Rounding the Bases” with a gentle Celtic feeling, “Dawn Brings Sunlight” a beautiful melody that is reminiscent of walking through a forest with a gently flowing creek, and the no holds barred instrumental, “Impact.”

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Twang Tuesday – Adam, Ron and Justin

Ok so it’s Twang Tuesday that means let’s check out the Bluegrass Chart on the Roots Music Report. I checked off several names on the list  that looked promising. One name that stood out  at number six was Adam Steffey, hum do I know that name? I thought I did but I couldn’t quite place him. So I thought let me check Dan Taminski’s site to see if he has anything new. When I went to the site,  I found  out where I knew Steffey from, he played mandolin on Taminski’s Wheels album. I then remembered that I has listened to another  band member Justin Moses’ solo CD  Dusty Road a while back and it was good. Ron Stewart the banjo and fiddle player had a solo album out also entitled Time Stands Still. So I downloaded all three albums onto the mp3 player and I had a great day of bluegrass music!

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Twang Tuesday – Part 2

Ok so near the end of work today, I was listening to Rhapsody and I saw a band whose name sounded interesting Greensky Bluegrass labeled as progressive bluegrass so I put on their current release Five Interstates. As I was working I was noticing that the music that was playing was REALLY GOOD – loved the dobro and mandolin and the vocals sounded great!!  So I listened to several of the songs and was really impressed so of course I said I’ll try another of the CDs! So I downloaded the album Live at Bells listened to the first track “Bonts Breakdown” and had an Allison Krauss  “new favorite” bluegrass band!

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Twang Tuesday – Part 1

So today has been a good Twang Tuesday full of lots of good music! The day started with one of the albums I picked up the other night Lou Reid and Carolina’s current release My Own Set of Rules. You know it’s going to be a good day when you just love the first song that you hear and that’s what happened when I started this album up and heard the first track “Amanda Lynn”. I just thought that the voice sounded right and the pickin’ was great, too. Since then I’ve gone to their website and discovered that “Amanda Lynn” is currently No 1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 and the Bluegrass Music Profiles chart for April and was voted Song of the Year by the SPBMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music),  not a bad way to start the day at all!  And the rest of the album was pretty damn good, too.  The album has a lot of standard bluegrass tracks like “She’s More to Be Pitied” , “In Despair” and “Lefthanded Dreamer” a great instrumental “Beat the Train” and several gospel tunes including “It’s Hard to Stumble, when you’re on your knees” and “Over in the Promised Land”  the last track ” A Tall Cornstalk” with some great mandolin pickin’ by Lou is probably my favorite track on the CD.

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Twang Tuesday – Rhonda Vincent

So the day didn’t start of really great, when I pulled into the 7-Eleven  where I get coffee every morning the sign on the door said “No Coffee!!” oh no well it wasn’t the end of the world, it just made the day a little blah. So I went through the rest of the day just not really finding anything that I was listening very interesting, kinda’ like when you want to eat something and nothing really appeals to you! I had heard a song from Jim Lauderdale on the Bluegrass station on XM radio as I was driving to my second stop for coffee, so when I got to the office I downloaded Bluegrass Diaries onto the mp3 player and gave it a listen. Now the album won a Grammy and the songs were ok, but really couldn’t get into it, maybe another day. So the next thing I tried was Bela Fleck and the Flecktones Flight of the Cosmic Hippo but still not quite there. So it was onto The Grascals and their CD The Famous Lefty Fynn’s now this one was a little closer to what I was looking for and I really liked some of the tracks like “Blue Rock Slide”,”The Famous Lefty Flynn’s” and “My Baby’s Waiting on the Other Side” but other tracks just didn’t make it. So on the way back to the office after lunch I heard a good track by a dobro player names Randy Kohrs, so when I got back to the office I found him on Rhapsody and listened to the album “Old Photograph” while I working. Again while the music was good, the overall tone just wasn’t there.

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Sam Bush – Circles Around Me on a Twang Tuesday

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Circles Around Me 2Ok so before I was so rudely interrupted by the end of the day and the need for sleep, I was boring you all with what bluegrass albums I listened to yesterday! The second album  I listened to was Sam Bush’s Circles Around Me. Now I’ve always enjoyed Bush’s pickin’ whether it be as part of New Grass Revival (“Can’t Stop Now” is an all-time favorite), solo (Ice Peaks), or just as a session musician like on Dan Fogelberg‘s High Mountain Snow album). Now as for his vocals well he’s no John Cowan but then who is! No seriously his vocals are fine! Anyway I listened to this album twice yesterday and like norma,l the first time through I thought it was just ok (so says the man who didn’t like the Cheers theme song the first time he heard it and hasn’t heard the end of that!) but the second time through I guess I listened more closely and came away impressed! The album has some strong pickin’ on several instrumental tracks mixed nicely  with some good vocal performances!

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Brandon Rickman’s Young Man, Old Soul – kicks off a Twang Tuesday!

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I listened to three bluegrass albums today, first Brandon Rickman lead singer of Lonesome River Band‘s solo debut, Young Man, Old Soul, Sam Bush’s Circle’s Around Me and finally, Tom Adams‘  Adams County Banjo. All three are slightly different fine bluegrass albums. Brandon Rickman’s album focused more on lyrics and Rickman’s vocals, Bush’s album is a mix of vocals and instrumentals and Adams is instrumentals.

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