SWEET POTATO PIE
JOURNEY CALLED LIFE
Mountain Fever Records
On their Web site, the “Pies” say this about their music: “The Pie has created a new musical style called ‘sweetgrass,’ which includes elements of country, classical, blues and bluegrass.” It’s an apt description of the rich vocals and clean picking that these women bring to their music. Opening with an a cappella version of “My Lord What A Morning,” the second track is another gem, the original “Lift Me Up” from Sonya Stead (their guitar player who wrote six of the numbers on this project). Missy Pyne contributed two numbers, and banjo picker Crystal Richardson contributed one. They draw some material from sources as diverse as A.P. Carter and Curtis Mayfield.
The full vocals prevail throughout and tasteful instrumental work showcases the singing. There is definitely a smooth, contemporary edge to their music. The music here is spiritual with a theme that is Christian, without being overly didactic. Their songs tell stories with morals. Whether they are singing their hearts out or picking in support of each other, the Pies gives it their heartfelt best. This is a fine release that should spread the good word about these ladies and their fine music. (Mountain Fever Studios, 1177 Alum Ridge Rd. NW, Willis, VA 24380, www.mountainfever.com.) RCB