Lord almighty but this young quintet of hotter than Hades pickers-n-grinners grabs the ball on the one-yard line and runs it all the way back for a touchdown…and then the two-point conversion. The very first cut, I'm Bringing Home Good News, sweeps you out of that rickety ol' back-porch settee and down to the barnraising, there to cut a rug, a plank, a square of dirt, anywhere with enough room to kick up heels and hee-haw! Poor Ramblin' Boy cuts the tempo back a notch but is hypnotically infectious, and by this time you're reaching for the likker jug, ready for one glorious evening.
The religiously slanted songs, title cut included, are festive joyous bursts, not hellfire sermons, and even a Jesus-lovin' atheist can smile to see the Christ-ian message carried with such a smile and so much life. With nary a percussive instrument in eyesight, Darrell Webb & Co. lay down a propulsive ground floor and then jump on top and ride it like a five-man rodeo. Webb's slightly nasal voice is classic bluegrass, as is every lick out of these virtuosi, and, naturally, there has to be a cry-in-yer-beer-Sonny-Jim track, so Kings of Orebank fills that necessity nicely.
Need I mention this is a Rural Rhythm release? Of course not. We expect only the best, and danged if'n we don't get it, month after month after month. Along with Pinecastle and precious few other imprints, a renaissance in roots music is occurring, but these are the go-to signatures first, last, and always. The Darrell Webb Band is just one in a satisfyingly ample cavalcade of ensembles firing up the mode to new heights. The esteemed elders haven't a worry for the future, 'cause if these Webb Band gents don't find themselves very soon topping festivals and opry concerts, then I'm turning in my critic's license and going back to the aerospace bakeshop from whence I issued. Fine, fine, fiiiiiine stuff here, y'all!
Edited by: David N. Pyles
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