by Chuck Dauphin
Ever since his days in Rhonda Vincent’s band, I have long been a fan of the music of Audie Blaylock. For his latest disc, the veteran performer tips the musical hat to the “Father Of Bluegrass Music,” Bill Monroe, with an all-star cast to match. The mandolin of Ronnie McCoury helps to kick off the standard title cut, and Russ Carson offers some tasty licks on the five-string.
Of course, with any Monroe set, there has to be some mournful sounds included, and “You’ll Find Her Name Written There” is right up that alley. That trend continues with “In Despair,” which features some outstanding harmony from the great Bobby Osborne.
Other highlights on the disc include Monroe’s mysterious (based on a real story, as the legend goes) “My Sweet Little Georgia Rose” and “On The Old Kentucky Shore,” which features one-time Bluegrass Boy Del McCoury. There’s a time-honored Gospel number with Carl Story’s “Lord, Lead Me On,” and when you have as many talented pickers as Blaylock assembled here, you’ve got to have a jam. That’s exactly what takes place on the stunning “Tall Timber.” Somewhere, in that great Bluegrass world in the sky, I have a feeling that Monroe is smiling, and might even be joining in himself!
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