Thea Wescott - Cromwell…And Other RoadsTHEA WESCOTT
CROMWELL…AND OTHER ROADS
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Thea Wescott has been a veteran of the music scene in the Pacific Northwest for several years, and although she has only been associated with bluegrass for a relatively short period, she has certainly proved to be a fast learner. Cromwell…And Other Roads is her latest venture, and for a supporting cast, she’s amassed a who’s who of bluegrass pickers including Bryan Sutton (guitar), Rob Ickes (resonator guitar), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Dale Ann Bradley (vocals), Steve Gulley (vocals), and others.

With the exception of Sting’s “Fields Of Gold,” the other nine selections were penned by Thea, spinning tales of dark hollows, moonshine, mountain roads, family, and home. The kickoff song, “Diggin’ Ol’ Albert’s Grave,” is about a woman and an acquaintance who helped to bury her husband to defray the expense of a funeral. “The Miller’s Daughter” is an eerie tale that deals with forgiveness, while “The Mustard Seed” is about growing up in southern California. Other noted entries include “Alice,” “Blackberry Wine,” and “Santa Ana Wind.”

Thea’s dynamic vocals take the listener on a wonderful adventure to exciting places and times. Cromwell…And Other Roads is contemporary bluegrass at its best. Thea Wescott is an artist to be reckoned with. (Timberland Ridge Music, P.O. Box 1125, Gig Harbor, WA 98335, www.timberlandridge.com.) LM