Tuesday, January 27, 2009
– The release schedule is picking up today with several bluegrass releases out, former Jayhawks getting together and Pat Green.
Green is out with his 11th release, "What I'm For" (BNA). The Texas superstar is getting some airplay with the single Let Me. Dann Huff produced the music, including two acoustic tracks.
Once upon a time, Gary Louris and Mark Olson were partners in The Jayhawks, the rootsy Minnesota-based band. That was a long time ago because Olson left the fold in 1995. They are back together on their first recording, "Ready for the Flood" (New West). Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes produced. Louris and Olson also are touring together.
On the bluegrass front, Dry Branch Fire Squad is back with their first disc of original material since 2001, "Echoes Of The Mountains" (Rounder). The quartet, led by Ron Thomason, combine bluegrass songs with a few covers, including Sam Cooke's Bring It On Home to Me.
Audie Blaylock did time with Jimmy Martin and The Sunny Mountain Boys starting at the ripe young age of 19. He also played with Rhonda Vincent & The Rage and Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper. "Audie Blaylock & Redline " (Rural Rhythm) is his label debut.
Nothin' Fancy offer "Lord Bless This House" (Pinecastle), their first gospel disc for the label. Darrin Vincent of Dailey & Vincent fame produced the 12-song disc. This is the band's fourth release on Pinecastle.