DRY BRANCH FIRE SQUAD 'Thirtieth Anniversary Special'

DRY BRANCH FIRE SQUAD 'Thirtieth Anniversary Special'

  • $13.50


It’s hard to believe that this band has been at it for three decades, led by Ron Thomasson (who earlier had been on the road for a while as mandolin picker for Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys). In that time they have recorded about a dozen records for Rounder, and this 21-track CD is essentially a retrospective that includes selections from 7 past CDs, along with three previously unissued cuts by the current group (made up of Tommy Boyd on dobro, Brian Aldridge on guitar, Dan Russell on bass and of course the inimitable Thomasson on mandolin and lead vocals). The new tracks are OVER IN THE GLORYLAND, GOLDEN RING, and an instrumental treatment of HOW GREAT THOU ART. Members of past groups like Suzanne Thomas and Mary Joe Leet are well represented, and several songs are strong gospel performances from their noted “Memories That Bless & Burn” record. This is a fine sampler of this very distinctive group: it’s traditional Bluegrass with an old-time flavor, and with rough edges that add to--rather than diminish—the overall sound. OAK GROVE CHURCH, DISTANT LAND TO ROAM, HE’S COMING TO US DEAD, ORPHAN TRAIN, LONG JOURNEY, HONEST FARMER, etc.

Artists:

  • CHARLES LEET
  • MARY JOE LEET
  • DAN RUSSELL
  • SUZANNE THOMAS
  • RON THOMASON
  • JOHN HISEY
  • DICK ERWIN
  • BOBBY MAYNARD
  • ADAM McINTOSH
  • BRIAN ALDRIDGE
  • TOMMY BOYD
  • HAZEL DICKENS

Track Listing:

  • I'VE LIVED A LOT IN MY TIME
  • DEVIL TAKE THE FARMER
  • I SAW A MAN AT THE CLOSE OF DAY
  • ROLLIN' ON RUBBER WHEELS
  • CHURCH BY THE ROAD
  • HE'S COMING TO US DEAD
  • A DISTANT LAND TO ROAM
  • OVER IN THE GLORY LAND
  • DO YOU EVER DREAM OF ME?
  • THE HONEST FARMER
  • LONG JOURNEY
  • OAK GROVE CHURCH
  • HIDE YOU IN THE BLOOD
  • GOLDEN RING
  • CAROLYN AT THE BROKEN WHEEL INN
  • WHEN I WENT DOWN IN THE VALLEY TO PRAY
  • THE ORPHAN TRAIN
  • WHILE ROVING ON LAST WINTER'S NIGHT
  • DIP YOUR FINGERS IN SOME WATER
  • WE BELIEVE IN HAPPY ENDINGS
  • HOW GREAT THOU ART