IIIrd Tyme Out is a bluegrass triple threat. Their vocals are not just great; they are the benchmark by which other bands measure themselves. Their instrumental arrangements are tight, precise and flawless. And within the traditional tunes and classic bluegrass songs are the tunes written by band members (as well as close associates of the band).
The harmonies of IIIrd Tyme Out give you goose pimples. They come at just the right time, and freeze you for that moment to listen more closely. Their work has been widely recognized by the bluegrass world for years. Somehow they just get better, and a new high water mark is set for bluegrass vocalists. Lead singer Russell Moore is the best in bluegrass these days, and for my money, anywhere else.
Whether it is Steve Dilling's banjo, Wayne Benson's mandolin (since departed from the group to other projects), or the tasteful fiddle work of Greg Luck, the band finds the perfect mix of instrumental work to enhance the vocals and project the songs.
And then there are the songs. The title song is a real attention grabber, telling the tale of Clancy, an aging man looking back on his life and looking ahead to "that last great ride to Glory." Fiddle player Greg Luck's song I Won't Be Around is a rocker that is sure to make jam circles at festivals and gatherings all over. Wayne Benson's instrumental, Tennessee Thunder is burner. Pickers will grab their instruments, others will grab a dancing partner for this one.
Though they've been around for quite awhile, IIIrd Tyme Out continues to put flawless, fresh, energetic music. The Best Durn Ride is just that-jump on board.
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