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New Releases – October 2020

New Releases


LINDLEY CREEK—FREEDOM, LOVE, AND THE OPEN ROAD—Pinecastle Records PRC1244 (compact disc)

NEW RIVER BLUEGRASS—THERE WAS A TIME—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

JULIE AND JOHN PENNELL—KEEP ON WALKIN’—JPE Records 0003 (compact disc)

CHARLIE STEVENS—No Label, No Number (compact disc)

JACOB UNDERWOOD—AS TIME GOES BY—Plum River Records PRP0917 (compact disc)

Additional Releases

THE PIROS—BRANDYWINE RIDGE—No Label, No Number. The Piros are a family group from Chester County, Pennsylvania and have been playing together for over ten years. The band members are Ian (bass, ukulele), Evan (mandolin, guitar), Yuri (guitar), Mark (fiddle, mandolin, guitar), August (human beatbox), and Amy (vocal). Guests artists include Paul Sidlick (banjos), Walt Koken (banjo), Joel Wennerstrom (banjo), Vinaya (Marty) Lebenson (harmonica), and the Ngorongoro Maasai tribe of Tanzania. The group’s repertoire spans not only traditional and newer fiddle tunes, but also sources from Ireland and East Africa. The mostly instrumental selections include “Half Irish,” “Salt Creek,” “Gypsy Dance,” “Bitter Creek,” “Shucking The Brush,” “Taylor Girls,” “No Corn On Tygart,” and “Old Cumberland.” A highlight is Mark Piro’s “Reverse Chronology Of Cooley Anne,” which features the chants of the Ngorongoro Maasai tribe, along with Sidlick on banjo and August Piro on human beatbox. The Piros maintain on old-time sound on this delightful new project. (www.thepiros.com)

ADAM & MIKAYLA AND THE BLUEGRASS TRADITION—TWO HEARTS ONE GOAL—No Label, No Number. This North Carolina couple produced this new project of familiar standards. The couple is Adam Burrows (fiddle, mandolin) and Mikayla Hyde Burrows (bass, guitar). They’re joined by Mikayla’s brothers Caleb Hyde (guitar) and Isaac Hyde (mandolin), along with Joshua Gray (banjo). Both Adam and Mikayla have pleasant voices that blend well. Most folks will recognize the bluegrass regulars “Sophronie,” “Whitehouse Blues,” “Close By,” “Knoxville Girl,” “Waltz Of The Angels,” “I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight,” and of course “Rocky Top”. All of the selections are presented in a hard-driving style with nice approaches to the ballads. It might also be mentioned that both Adam and Mikayla have each recently released their own solo projects. (http://www.adammikaylaandthebluegrasstradition.com)

HARRISON RIDGE—No Label, No Number. Harrison brothers Ronny (banjo), Chad (guitar), and Logan (mandolin) are joined by Sidney Watson (fiddle), and Tommy Nichols (bass) to complete the Harrison Ridge band, which also happens to be the name of the road where the Harrisons live in Woodlawn, Va. This new project not only features a number of familiar tunes, but also some new compositions from the Harrisons themselves. Listeners should recognize “Love Of The Mountains,” “Rank Stranger,” “I Am A Pilgrim,” “Blue Ridge Cabin Home,” and “Nine Pound Hammer.” Originals include “Blue Eyed Virginia Girl,” “Blue Skies Ahead,” “Sandy Dan,” and Sidney Watson’s “White Horse.” Lead vocals are handled by bassist Nichols with the brothers providing nice harmony. The group cut their teeth at fiddler’s conventions and similar events. They have a good traditional sound on this self-titled project. (Harrison Ridge, 1730 Harrison Ridge Rd., Woodlawn, VA 24381.)

DANNY BOWERS—LATE NIGHT—No Label, No Number. Danny Bowers is a multi-instrumentalist from North Carolina who has released this new project featuring original compositions and a few standards. Bowers, who plays banjo, guitar, and mandolin, is joined by Mike Cochran (guitar), Eddie Haire (bass), Keith Dunn (fiddle), Olin Davis (mandolin), and guest Jerry Steinberg (bass). The project features Bowers on banjo on most cuts. Instrumentals include his originals “King City Chimes,” “Rolling Green Drive,” “Gold Hill Special” (complete with Scruggs-sounding tuners), the title-cut “Late Night,” and his versions of “Lady Of Spain” and the familiar “Reuben.” Bowers has a pleasant voice on his own tunes including “The Hard Way,” “Time Sure Flies,” and “Say Goodbye.” “We’re Homeward Bound” is a nice a cappella gospel number from Warren & Harrington. This is a very strong banjo release showcasing Bowers’ skills on the instrument. He currently plays with Travis Frye & Blue Mountain. (Danny Bowers, 282 Rolling Green Dr., Winston-Salem, NC 27107.)