BLUE HIGHWAY 'It's a Long, Long Road'

BLUE HIGHWAY 'It's a Long, Long Road'

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It’s truly exciting when a new group makes a debut album that’s just about perfect in every way—this band will have an unenviable task in trying to equal this recording in the future, but meanwhile we have a piece here that should thrill every lover of driving. cutting-edge, tradition-based Bluegrass. The group is led by guitarist Tim Stafford, formerly of Dusty Miller and Alison Krauss’ band. He is joined by Rob Ickes on dobro, Shawn Lane on fiddle & mandolin, Wayne Taylor on bass & Jason Burleson on banjo. What makes the album exceptional is powerful vocals by not one but two superb lead singers—Taylor & Lane—plus an unusually fine selection of songs. Taylor’s soulful singing on LONESOME PINE, BEFORE THE COLD WIND BLOWS and the title song is a knockout, and Lane’s lovely work on BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN GIRL, GRAVEL YARD and an unusual but very effective choice—Ewan MacColl’s ENGLAND’S MOTORWAY—is equally impressive. With Stafford & Ickes also adding solid vocal parts this is a band that can hold its own anywhere. Fine performances of Stanley’s SAY WON’T YOU BE MINE, Stafford’s FARMER’S BLUES, a couple of good instrumentals and a neat rendition of Norman Blake’s LORD WON’T YOU HELP ME fill out a wonderfully solid album—one that’s already been played here more than any other disc so far this year.

Artists:

  • SHAWN LANE
  • WAYNE TAYLOR
  • TIM STAFFORD
  • ROB ICKES
  • JASON BURLESON

Track Listing:

  • IT'S A LONG, LONG ROAD TO TRAVEL ALONE
  • LONESOME PINE
  • CANADIAN BACON
  • BEFORE THE COLD WIND BLOWS
  • BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN GIRL
  • FARMER'S BLUES
  • THE ONE I LEFT BEHIND
  • IN THE GRAVEL YARD
  • ENGLAND'S MOTORWAY
  • FLANNERY'S DREAM
  • LORD WON'T YOU HELP ME
  • SAY, WON'T YOU BE MINE