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Messenger-Inquirer Bluegrass Notes · 1M ago

CHRIS JONES & THE NIGHT DRIVERS, “Made To Move,” Mountain Home. 12 tracks

Chris Jones worked as a sideman with Dave Evans and then Special Consensus before moving to Nashville in 1989 as a member of Weary Hearts. In 1995, he created his own band — Chris Jones & Th...
Messenger-Inquirer Bluegrass Notes · 1M ago

DARIN AND BROOKE ALDRIDGE, “Faster And Farther,” Mountain Home. 12 tracks

Darin and Brooke Aldridge, “the singing sweethearts of bluegrass,” released their first album, an all-gospel collection, in 2008, a few months before they were married. Darin worked his way ...
Messenger-Inquirer Bluegrass Notes · 2M ago

RAY CARDWELL, “Tennessee Moon,” Pinecastle. 12 tracks

  Ray Cardwell, like many musicians, has had two careers in music. One before the children came along and he needed a steady income. And one after they were grown. In the late 1970s, he perf...
Messenger-Inquirer Bluegrass Notes · 3M ago

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

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 y...
Messenger-Inquirer Bluegrass Notes · 3M ago

BLUE MAFIA, “Hanging Tree,” Pinecastle. 12 tracks

  Blue Mafia is a fairly new band, formed in 2011 in Muncie, Indiana, by Tony and Dara Wray. But its members spent years in other bands before becoming part of the Mafia. “Hanging Tree” is t...
Messenger-Inquirer Bluegrass Notes · 3M ago

MICHAEL & JENNIFER McLAIN, “Hit The Road And Go,” Big Pick Productions. 12 tracks

  In the 1970s and 1980s, the McLain Family Band seemed to be everywhere in bluegrass. Michael McLain, the youngest member of the clan, is still carrying on the family name today with his wi...
Messenger-Inquirer Bluegrass Notes · 3M ago

THE SAVAGE HEARTS, “Playing It Forward,” Airshow. 11 tracks

  The Colorado-based Savage Hearts describe their style as “fiery Route 66-flavored honky-tonk & bluegrass where tradition meets innovation with a surprising Latin flair.” When you read some...
Messenger-Inquirer Bluegrass Notes · 4M ago

BALSAM RANGE, “Mountain Voodoo,” Mountain Home. 13 tracks

  Balsam Range, the quintet named for the North Carolina mountains where band members live, has released five highly acclaimed albums since its formation in 2007. Make that six. “Mountain Vo...
Messenger-Inquirer Bluegrass Notes · 4M ago

HOLLY NORMAN, “Taking Care of Bluegrass: A Tribute to Elvis,” Freedom Entertainment. 13 tracks.

Holly Norman, an East Tennessee native, grew up hearing stories about how her grandfather, Bill Norman, worked in a band with Roy Acuff around Knoxville. And how Acuff offered him a chance t...
Messenger-Inquirer Bluegrass Notes · 4M ago

KENNY & AMANDA SMITH, “Unbound,” Farm Boy Records. 13 tracks

  Kenny and Amanda Smith were named the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year in 2003. And they’ve lived up to those expectations in the 13 years since. In ...