Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain - Dancin' In The Dirt

Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain - Dancin' In The Dirt

Blue Circle Records
BCR018

Tom T. and Dixie Hall songs are all over bluegrass music these days. And why not?  The duo writes catchy songs that are recognizable after only a line or two. They are almost guaranteed crowd pleasers and and excellent way to open an album—certainly the case here. Melvin Goins digs into the title tune ‘Dancin’ In The Dirt,” setting a downtoearth mood.

The rest of this recording is about as diverse a mix as can be found on a traditional bluegrass release.  In 14 tracks, Goins and Windy Mountain (mandolinist/fiddler John Rigsby, banjoist/bassist Jack Hicks, and guitarist Bo Isaac) run through just about every countryoriented genre around. They cover bluegrass and country, of course, but also oldtime and rockabilly, gospel and blues, and even throw in a recitation for good measure. They cover “Hey, Good Lookin’” backed with drums and electric guitar. They do a medley of “Kentucky Waltz”/“Tennessee Waltz” and a rollicking rockabillyinflected “Haunted House.” “Deck Of Cards” is a postwar recitation number about a soldier using a deck of cards to symbolize the gospel (i.e., the Ace reminds him that there is one God).

With their version of Jim Eanes’ “Wiggle Worm Wiggle,” Goins recalls the era when bluegrass felt and struggled against the rise of rock-and-roll. “Old Shanghai” (written by the Goins Brothers, as was the Jimmie Rodgersstyle blues, “Two Kinds Of Blues”) and “Farmer’s Girl” are danceable, oldtime tunes. The lyrics have that pattertype delivery and just go wild, be they’re relating the fate of a rooster or the merits of a particular girl (regardless of the father’s occupation). They’re both fun and underscore very well the overall, lighthearted feel of the recording. The opening track says it all. (Blue Circle Records, P.O. Box 681286, Franklin, TN 37068, www.bluecirclerecords.com.) BW