Picture in a Tear

Wyatt Rice & Santa Cruz

(ROUN 0372)

Rounder Records
One Camp Street
Cambridge, MA 02140

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Jim Zimmerschied

This is a progressive bluegrass vocal album featuring Wyatt Rice as lead guitar player with Junior Sisk and Timmy Massey as lead vocalists. There are 12 cuts on the CD, eleven vocals. The overall impression created by the group is one of good vocals and harmony with tight instrumental accompaniment reminiscent of the Seldom Scene.

The tunes presented here are mostly new material - at least not familiar to this reviewer. My favorites were: Molly, Separate Ways, Someone's Telling Lies and Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm Bound. The latter is a Tom Paxton hit that is well done by Santa Cruz. The other songs are: Picture in a Tear, Santa Cruz Breakdown, The Sweetest Rose, He Died a Rounder at Twenty-One, Katy Did, It's GoodBye and So Long to You, I Just Don't Know What I'll Do, In His Love I'll Abide.

There is plenty on this album for the bluegrass connoisseur from the fast moving instrumental Santa Cruz Breakdown to the country/western flavor of He Died a Rounder at Twenty-One. There is no doubt that this group can handle many kinds of material. The CD quality is excellent. Another gem from Rounder.

Edited by Kerry Dexter

Copyright 1997, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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