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New Releases – April 2020

CUP O’ JOE—IN THE PARTING—Cup O’ Joe Music, No Number (compact disc)

FENCED IN—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

KING JAMES BOYS—LIVING ON A PROMISE—Morning Glory Music MGM200100 (compact disc)

BEN KRAKAUER—HEART LAKE—Blue Hens Music, No Number (compact disc)

NATHAN SMITH—LET IT REST LET IT RISE—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

TROUT STEAK REVIVAL—THE LIGHT WE BRING—TS Records,  No Number (compact disc)

Additional Releases

REUNION ROAD (CAROL HAUSNER & ELEANOR ELLIS)—SHORT TIME TO STAY HERE—Patuxent Music CD-322. Carol Hausner from Vermont and Eleanor Ellis from New Orleans found themselves singing together in the early days of Maryland’s Takoma Park Folk Festival. Over time, the duo enjoyed performing together and now has produced this new project under the name Reunion Road. Each play guitar and trade lead and harmony vocals on these selections, many traditional, but also tunes from artists such as Kate Wolf, Randall Hylton, A.P. Carter, Ralph Stanley, and Hausner herself. They are joined by Colin McCaffrey (fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass, cello), Mark Greenberg (banjo), Andy Greene (banjo), and Jim Pitman (resonator guitar). The traditional selections include the familiar tunes “Fiddle And Bow,” “Little Birdie,” “Katie Dear,” “Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down,” and “Going To The West.” Others include Hylton’s “Twenty-One Miles,” Stanley’s “That Lonesome Old Song,” and Kate Wolf’s “Across The Great Divide.” This is a nice project from this duo, somewhat reminiscent of Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard. (Patuxent Music, P.O. Box 572, Rockville, MD 20848, www.pxrec.com.)

GERALDINE—HARVESTER—No Label, No Number. Geraldine is a band from the Baltimore/D.C. area that boasts of being a “Good Time, Old-Time” string band, blending folk, bluegrass, old-time music and a little bit of alt.country. The group is Josh Anderson (fiddle), John Bolten (guitar, banjo), Noah Bowman (bass, fiddle), Jocelyn Haversat (dance board, washboard), and Jonathan Vocke (banjo, guitar, mandolin). Their grassroots approach features lively music and Appalachian flatfoot dancing in an enthusiastic performance. This project features the songwriting of guitarist John Bolten who composed all of the tunes. Most of the selections are fairly up-tempo, such as “Goodbye Blues,” “A Hundred Hammers,” “Crawling Back Blues,” “Little Bird,” “My Miss Moses,” and “Cradle To The Grave.” There are also a couple of nice ballads—“Appalachian Highway,” “Muscadine,” and the title-cut “Harvester.” Lead vocals are swapped between bandmembers. Fiddle and clawhammer banjo are featured throughout. This project should appeal to fans of both bluegrass and old-time music. (www.geraldineband.com) 

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TIMOTHY SCOTT—DREAMING SMALL—Moonrise Music No Number. Timothy Scott Williams is a North Carolina native who released this five-song EP to feature his songwriting in collaboration with his wife Sarah Williams, Sally Barris, and producer Patrick Crouch. Crouch plays all the instruments with the exception of guests Thomm Jutz (guitar), Lynn Williams (drums), Mark Fain (bass), and Justin Moses (fiddle). All of the aforementioned perform on “Mama’s Table,” with Crouch on lead vocals. Other selections featuring Scott’s lead vocals are “Down Below,” “By The Railroad Track,” “The Way It’s Gonna Be,” and the title-cut “Dreaming Small.” These are quite nice story songs that cover topics on coal mining, long lasting love, growing up, and home cooking, all performed and presented in a laid-back approach. (www.tstunes.com)

EMERSON—414—Acoustigrass Records 012660-001. Bill Emerson is an award-winning banjo player and founding member of the Country Gentlemen who also worked with Jimmy Martin, Cliff Waldron, Pete Goble, Tony Rice, and now fronts his own band Sweet Dixie. This four-song EP introduces Emerson’s youngest son Billy Emerson on vocals and guitar. They’re joined by Tom Adams (guitar), Teri Chism (bass), and Wayne Lanham (mandolin, fiddle). This project features songs from writers Lee Watson, Tom Petty & Jeff Lynne, Bruce Springsteen, and Jay Farrar. Billy has a pleasant voice with solid backing harmonies from Chism and Lanham. Watson’s ballad “Leaving California” is followed by a grassy version of Tom Petty’s “A Face In The Crowd.” Farrar’s “Tear Stained Eye” and Springsteen’s “Stolen Car” are nice medium tempo selections. All the songs are given a bluegrass approach and offer a different look at some alternate sources of contemporary music. And 414 is the house number of the Emerson family home. (bluegrassville.com/billemerson)