Murder On Music Row
Shell Point Records
A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
Bluegrass fans alert! This is hot and fun stuff! It has come to my attention (way over in Germany) that the title song covered by George Strait and Alan Jackson is raising quite a stir in the world of countrypoprock and is being boycotted by commercial country radio. I guess the lyrics bemoaning the pop influence on today´s country music hit too close to the truth. |
Well then, this collection of songs and instrumentals is alive and kicking in the best classical style with the exquisite team work and soloing of the musicians and fine lead and harmony vocals . The lyrics approach the topics of lost love, Kentucky miners, an old variety of guitar strings and bar life with a fresh twist and lightness. Larry´s voice is equally at home singing the slow "heartwrenching" and the faster bluegrass songs. In the liner notes he writes that the title track is not a real bluegrass song, so we might call it acoustic country in the old fashioned style, he sings it in a way that makes me want to send flowers... If they had only half as much fun recording this CD as I do listening, I would still have twice as much fun. If you haven´t been a bluegrass fan before, this recording easily could make you one, so give it a spin!