Morris delxue, Breaking Grass, Moakler release new music
Friday, March 17, 2017
– Maren Morris' "Hero" debut disc gets re-released in a "Deluxe" version today with three new songs - "Bummin' Cigarettes," "Space" and "Company You Keep," all co-written by Morris. The singer has enjoyed hits with "My ChurcH" and "80s Mercedes."
Mississippi bluegrass band Breaking Grass and singer/songwriter Steve Moakler release new albums today in a slow day on the release schedule.
Breaking Grass is out with "Warning Signs," a dozen-song release on Mountain Fever. The band is comprised of Cody Farrar (guitar, lead vocals), Tyler White (fiddle), Britt Sheffield (bass, vocals), Zach Wooten (mandolin, vocals), and Jody Elmore (banjo, vocals). Farrar wrote all of the material on the band's fourth album.
Moakler, a Pittsburgh native, has enjoyed success as a songwriter with Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen and Kellie Pickler recording his material. He is out with his fifth full-length "Steel Town," a dozen-song disc. Luke Laird produced.
CD reviews for Breaking Grass
This is not your father's bluegrass. Nor is it supposed to be. This is a lesson on musical influence- a love letter to everything that inspired Breaking Grass as kids and teens. Sure, it is set to a backdrop of fiddle, banjo and mandolin, but it does not require a finely trained ear to pick out all of the non-bluegrass influences BG pulled from. That isn't to say that your father's bluegrass heroes were not influential as well. They were. That is obvious.
'90s alternative ...
For many bluegrass fans banjo is the centerpiece of the music. Breaking Grass' Jody Elmore falls in line with the great tradition of bluegrass banjo players, providing a clean, percussive attack on his rolls. "Cold Rain" may not speak to mountains and mama, but it's good bluegrass from the Mississippi band. Guitar player Cody Farrar composed all the songs and sometimes using only songs from a band member is less than a blessing because the band loses objectivity when picking their music. ...
The music of the Mississippi-based quintet Breaking Grass is clearly steeped in the bluegrass sound, but there is nothing strictly traditional about the songs on "Just As Strong," the band's first offering on its new label, Mountain Fever Records.
The 12 songs here feature all of the instruments (banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin) and the playing chops you expect from a top-notch bluegrass recording, but the difference lies in the song structure. There are more-than-subtle hints ...