Audie Blaylock and Redline - Cryin Heart Blues

Audie Blaylock and Redline - Cryin' Heart Blues

AUDIE BLAYLOCK AND REDLINE
CRYIN’ HEART BLUES

Rural Rhythm
1060

There’s a masterful, assured energy on Cryin’ Heart Blues that jumps right out at you on the title track/opener of this 13-song collection.

Texas-born Audie Blaylock, four-time IBMA Guitar Player Of The Year and alumnus of Jimmy Martin’s Sunny Mountain Boys, produced his most recent release. And he and his support ensemble, Redline (Evan Ward, banjo/vocals; Patrick McAvinue, fiddle/mandolin/vocals; and Matt Wallace, bass/vocals), imbue these tracks with irresistible mainstream bluegrass artistry and confidence throughout.

Whether these guys are unlimbering their formidable talents on a Carter Stanley classic (“Let’s Part The Best Of Friends”), an old Jimmy Martin gospel staple (“Pray The Clouds Away”), a contemporary honky-tonker (Keith Stegall’s “Matches”) or a reprise of a ’50s Ray Price country hit (“Talk To Your Heart”), the result is first-rate.

If artistry and authenticity still really are bywords, then Cryin’ Heart Blues assures Blaylock’s place among the leading ranks of bluegrass’s headliners. (Rural Rhythm Records, Box 660040, Dept. D, Arcadia, CA 91066, www.ruralrhythm.com.) BA