This is a first record for the New Town band on the Pisgah label. To make it in the music market it has to have certain qualities: the vocalists have to be great, the instrumentals driving and appealing and the song selection has to have audience appeal. Time Machine meets all of these requirements and then some. The lead vocalists—Kati Penn-Williams, her husband Jr. Williams and Terry Poirer do a great job. Kati has a sweet but compelling voice and takes the lead on many of the songs. The men are also strong vocalists. Each of the instrumentalists can hold their own to other contemporary players and blend to create a full, driving sound.
The tune selection on the CD spans a range of types. Most are originals and give the CD a refreshing quality. There is a Civil War song, a commemoration for a WWII battle song, a train robbery song and a Gospel song—just to show the range on the CD. Dublin Blues has a great melody reminiscent of the tune I Wish I Was in London. A Train Robbery has true grit in the vein of Jesse James. Charles Cain the guitarist in the group also is a prolific songwriter with six of the CD's numbers from him including The Widow's Ghost, a great Civil War ballad and Rounder a hard hitting bluegrass/country song. Given the song selection, I think the CD meets the criteria for audience appeal.
New Town's website (http://www.thenewtownband.com/) has samples of several of the songs and gives a good feel for the dynamics of the band. I think you will be favorably impressed.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
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