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Murphey, Parmley, Thacker, Kaukonen top new releases

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 – Bluegrass rules today in terms of new releases with three of the four discs being bluegrass.

Michael Martin Murphey is best known for cowboy music after doing country songs. "Buckaroo Blue Grass" (Rural Rhythm) is his first bluegrass disc, although there is a country bent to the music. Murphey's songs have been recorded by Flatt and Scruggs, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Seldom Scene, Country Gentlemen, Bluegrass Cardinals and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Those helping out Murphey on his new disc are Rhonda Vincent on backing vocals and Sam Bush on mandolin.

David Parmley & Continental Divide release "3 Silver Dollars" (Pinecastle), his first album in about three years. Parmley self-produced the disc. The Divide includes one new band member, Ron Spears, who played with Special Consensus and Doyle Lawson. Parmley was a founding member of the Bluegrass Cardinals.

Ernie Thacker makes his Pinecastle debut with "The Hangman." Thacker was a member of Ralph Stanley's group for six years before heading out on his own. This marks Thacker's first release since a car accident left him paralyzed two years ago.

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Jorma Kaukonen offers a rootsy, bluesy sounding CD, "River of Time" (Red House). The former member of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna covers the Grateful Dead's Operator and Been So Long and Merle Haggard's More Than My Old Guitar.

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Concert Review: Tuttle does well by coming home – Molly Tuttle has won kudos for her acoustic guitar playing. So much so that she's captured the IBMA award for Guitarist of the Year, the first female to win that acclaim from the bluegrass organization. But it's not so much Tuttle's guitar playing that stood out live. Yes, that serves her well for sure. But it's more that her... »»»
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