Black Music Matters Festival

Aubrey Haynie

Doin' My Time – 1997 (Sugar Hill)

Reviewed by Mark "Brink" Brinkman

CDs by Aubrey Haynie

It may be appropriate that one of the cuts is entitled "Cracker Jack." After all when you are really good, that's what you're called. With session credits that include Clint Black, George Jones, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood and Lonesome River Band, this is, surprisingly, Aubrey Haynie's first solo project.

Well, good things come to those who wait. He showcases his tremendous versatility on both fiddle and mandolin as well as his ability to write wonderful instrumentals. The project includes traditional cuts such as "Cherokee Shuffle," "Dark Hollow" and "Turkey in the Straw," Monroe-esque tunes such as "Leavin' Rosine" and "Montgomery Bell" and the swing tunes "Cracker Jack" and "Foolin' Around." What is most impressive is his tone and natural touch with so many different styles. The supporting cast, that reads like a musicians wish list, including Jerry Douglas, Alan O'Bryant, Bela Fleck, Dan Tyminski and Ricky Skaggs. Haynie has long been on the "A-list" of Nashville session players. Put this on your "A-list" of CDs for your collection.