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Messenger-Inquirer Bluegrass Notes · 1M ago

RESCUE ME, “A Cause for Paws,” Blue Night Records, 12 tracks.

This isn’t bluegrass, but it is acoustic music. And most bluegrass fans like dogs and cats. “A Cause for Paws” is a national fundraiser for animal rescue organizations. And it’s being releas...
Messenger-Inquirer Bluegrass Notes · 1M ago

FRONT COUNTRY, “Other Love Songs,” Organic Records. 12 tracks.

Front Country’s roots date back a few years to progressive bluegrass jam sessions in San Francisco’s Mission District. But the quintet’s musical journey has stretched well beyond bluegrass t...
Messenger-Inquirer Bluegrass Notes · 2M ago

LAWSON & WILLIAMS, “Chapter 3,” Mountain Home. 12 tracks.

  In 2010, Doyle Lawson, Paul Williams and J.D. Crowe got together to pay tribute to their old boss, Jimmy Martin, with an album of gospel songs from Martin’s repertorie. They called it, “Ol...
Messenger-Inquirer Bluegrass Notes · 2M ago

FLASHBACK, “Foxhounds and Fiddles,” Pinecastle. 12 tracks.

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...
Messenger-Inquirer Bluegrass Notes · 2M ago

THE GARRETT NEWTON BAND, “Young Heart, Old Soul,” Pinecastle. 12 tracks.

  Garrett Newton is one of those child prodigies — like Marty Stuart and Alison Krauss — who pop up in bluegrass from time to time. He started playing banjo at 6 and was winning contests wit...
Messenger-Inquirer Bluegrass Notes · 2M ago

SNYDER FAMILY BAND, “The Life We Know,” Mountain Home, 10 tracks

The Lexington, North Carolina-based Snyder Family Band is gaining a lot of attention in bluegrass circles these days. And rightly so. But it’s a small band. Bud Snyder, the father, plays bas...
Messenger-Inquirer Bluegrass Notes · 4M 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 · 4M 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 · 5M 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 · 6M 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...