MIDDLE SPUNK CREEK BOYS 'I'm With The Band'
There are a generous 21 cuts on this new contemporary bluegrass record by this Minnesota band, and they range from old-time tunes (JUNE APPLE) through classic bluegrass (LIVE & LET LIVE, VIRGINIA WALTZ) to songs by Billy Edd Wheeler, Jesse Winchester, Bill Staines and Ian Tyson. Instrumentally the band is sound. Amazingly, 9 different musicians take at least one lead vocal, and, unfortunately, only one or two of them have voices suitable for bluegrass. None are strong singers to start with, so they have ended up with a product that drifts disturbingly somewhere between amateur and professional. SILVER GHOST, GREY EAGLE, WAVES OF SORROW, SUMMER WAGES, YANKEE LADY, etc.