CD Review: Sons Of The South Bluegrass Band – Stories And Traditions (Songs Our Way)
by Ritchie Ritchison for Country Music News International
Jackets of Grey
Loves Great Pain
The Maker’s Mark
Walk Through This World with Me
You’re the One For Me
You Did Me Wrong
Old Blue River
Don’t let anyone tell you traditional bluegrass is dead. The Sons of the South will prove them wrong with just the first few notes of the opening song. With solid production, great vocals and instrumental performances, very good song choices and a lot of heart and soul this group lays down some of the best pickin’ and singin’ I have heard since the 1980’s.
When I review an album I usually play a few bars of each song to get a feel for an album and sense of the overall sound of the group and then go back and break down each song individually. With this album I simply put on the first song and played it all the way through. It was tight, well recorded and the performances were consistent and true all the way from song 1 to song 11.
The banjo was crisp and clean, the mandolin punchy and strong, the guitar playing tasteful and rich, The fiddle was warm and the bass held everything together nicely to complete each song.
The tempos were arranged to give the album a nice flow and feel from start to finish and it was simply a joy to listen to this album.
Jackets of Grey a great Civil War story song is one of my favorites on this disc. I am partial to them anyway. This one was delivered with heart and soul.
Love’s Great Pain is solid song I see many many bands covering. The vocals standout on this one.
Walk Through This World With Me is an old classic George Jones song. In the hands of these guys it is a terrific bluegrass ballad complete with beautiful harmony vocals and some very tasty backup work especially on banjo.The guitar picking on this is pure and sweet too.
The rest of the album is every bit as good with some standout numbers being Melatonin Gummies, Redwood Hill and Southbound Train.
The best way I know to end this review is to say if you like traditional bluegrass this album should be in your collection…if not, your just plain missin’ out!
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars