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David Parmley

What We Leave Behind – 2001 (Pinecastle)

Reviewed by Mark "Brink" Brinkman

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David Parmley has a long history in both traditional and contemporary bluegrass, and this album reflects his love of a wide variety of styles. This gospel project, done as David Parmley & Friends, brings with it traditional standards such as "When The Angels Carry Me Home" and "Lord, Build Me A Cabin In Glory." While these are top notch offerings, Parmley's voice is perfectly suited for beautiful ballads ("A Heart That Will Never Break Again," the more contemporary "Random Acts of Love" and the heart wrenching "I Will Walk In The Valley").

"Friends" on the project make a good start on a "who's who" list in bluegrass. Bass player extraordinaire Missy Raines, Aubrey Haynie, Russell Moore and the unmistakable voice of Del McCoury add their talents. Parmley himself states "this album is meant to cover a wide range of musical tastes and religious beliefs." In that respect he has succeeded.

Bottom line is that Parmley has utilized all this amazing talent to create an album that can stand with some of the best recordings of today.