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Road That Never Ends:live Album CD (2007)

Artist: Mountain Heart

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Live bluegrass with blues and jazz flavorings

by redtunictroll@hotmail.com on 11/2/2007

Given that bluegrass is basically a live musical form, the differences between studio and live albums are heard mostly in the feedback between band and audience, the flashes of energy this injects into the performance, and the arc of the set list. Playing tight is a bluegrass band's bread-and-butter, and something they hone year round at shows and festivals, so it's no surprise that Mountain Heart's jazz-and-jam take on bluegrass and string band sounds is both sharp as a tack and free enough to swing on stage. ¶ The instrumentalists hot-pick their way through both "Road That Never Ends" and "I'm Just Here to Ride the Train," barreling along with all signals green, and the crowd roaring their approval as the flat-picks fly on mandolin and guitar. The track rhythms are reprised for the a capella gospel "The Gospel Train," with vocal percussion that harkens back to The Persuasions. Mountain Heart sings of men on the edge, on the lam and running headlong into dead ends, but even though they sing high and lonesome, the relentless energy of their playing keeps their songs from descending into truly desolate or sorrowful terrain. ¶ The newest member of Mountain Heart, guitarist/pianist Josh Shilling slows things down for the moving country weeper "Who's the Fool Now," and comes to the fore again for his acoustic blues, "It Works Both Ways." Most impressive of all is his scat-jazz piano-solo take on the Allman Brothers classic "Whipping Post," though at 5'38 there's barely time for the audience to warm up their lighters. A pair of instrumentals, "#6 Barn Dance" and "Devil's Courthouse" further illuminate the band's chops, with the latter's interplay of fiddle and mandolin shining especially bright. 3-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [©2007 redtunictroll at hotmail dot com]

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Label Rural Rhythm Records
SKU 205813033
UPC 732351103320
UPC 14 00732351103320
Format CD
Release Date 10/23/2007
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Artist Mountain Heart
Label Rural Rhythm Records
Music Format Compact Disc
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