You'll Never Be The Sun
Lynn MorrisRounder CD 0458
Rounder Records Corp.
One Camp Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140
A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
Even though Lynn Morris' name is the only one mentioned on the cover of this CD, the real surprise is a band unit as tight as I have ever come across. So to me this is much more of a Lynn Morris Band record despite the somewhat unexpected fact that two members of the band only joined recently. Too often for recording sessions, band members are replaced by some studio crack. It may be true that they often prove to be the better musicians technically, but music is not just about technique. It's also about heart, feelings and the joy of playing. The band in question provides these in abundance. Only the lead guitar on Twister is not played by the band, but by former member, David McLaughlin.
Lynn Morris has a very pleasant voice, but I am not at all sad that bassist Marshall Wilborn does the lead vocals on a few tracks as well. His voice is a bit less countrified, more the gentle soul of bluegrass. Their two voices are a natural blend as each is able to give the other some stimulus. Their harmonies work especially nice on the duet If Teardrops Were Pennies.
There's quite a bit of variety here as songs from the fifties meet up with fairly new songs and there's even a blue-grassified Irish ballad that Lynn Morris learned from a Dolores Keane tape. Quite an eclectic choice, but anything goes as long as it works. The result is high quality bluegrass for the tasty connoisseur, neither too conservative nor too modern in its mood. This record makes terrific use of all the good trends in bluegrass and intelligently stays away from any wrongdoing. The same can be said for the wonderful production.
These days, Jody Stecher seems to write nearly all the liner notes for bluegrass CDs by Rounder Records, and it's always a pleasure reading his knowledgeable text. Here I like him even better because he also provides the CD with one of his mighty fine songs: Seventeen Cents. In fact, it may even be the best song on this excellent outing. A CD that can only be recommended, no more, no less.
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Edited by Paula Gregorowicz