Wildfire lead singer slates solo disc
Friday, September 16, 2011
– Pinecastle plans to release a solo album from Wildfire frontman Robert Hale in early 2012.
The album is a mix between grassy and more country leaning tunes. The disc features Alecia Nugent, Scott Vestal, Wayne Benson, Ernie Sykes, Steve Thomas, Randy Kohrs and Shawn Lane.
The project includes four songs written by Hale and ends with a cover of Stevie Wonder's Sir Duke. The album was produced by Scott Vestal and Robert Hale and was recorded at Vestal's studio, Digital Underground.
CD reviews for Wildfire
"Rented Room on Broadway"
Reviewed by Donald Teplyske
Emerging from a latter version of The New South, over the past 16 years, Wildfire has quietly established themselves as a consistent bluegrass outfit. With original members Robert Hale (guitar) and Curtis Chapman (bass) leading the way, Wildfire returns with "Rented Room on Broadway," their fifth album. John Lewis remains on banjo while bluegrass vagabonds Greg Luck (fiddle and guitar, and another J. D. ...
Wildfire has been recognized as one of the up and coming groups of bluegrass for several years and this new CD will only help cement that opinion. It also marks Darrell Webb's growing vocal influence in the group.
Several songs illustrate the blur between country and bluegrass. Robert Hale switches between a classic bluegrass feel - "Watch Over Me" and "Lesson Learned" - to more of a country feel - "The Blame" and "I Wouldn't Mind the Shackles." Webb, though, sticks with more of a classic ...