VARIOUS 'Tennessee Memories'
Another company, Green Hill of Nashville, has entered the obviously lucrative field of what we call "boutique" recordings of acoustic music pioneered by Brentwood, Benson, Cumberland and other such labels. As on this new album, the feature of these is usually the hammered dulcimer, in combination with a variety of other politically correct acoustic instruments (and God forbid that any of these be anything other than genuine, authentic, hand-crafted from native, organically grown Appalachian hardwood, etc). Depending on what direction the listener is coming from, this music can appear to be either beautiful, pleasant, tame, or insipid—I would place most of this new album in the "pleasant" or "tame" categories. The selling theme here is the state of Tennessee, with songs like SMOKEY MOUNTAIN MEMORIES, ROCKY TOP, TENNESSEE STUD, MEMPHIS, KNOXVILLE GIRL, CHATTANOOGA CHOO CHOO etc, all played as instrumentals. If not particularly inspired, the pickers are at least proficient, with such musicians as Craig Duncan, Butch Baldassari, Glen Duncan, and the late Roy Huskey Jr. 12 Tunes.