“Return to Windy Mountain” by Sideline, from the album “”Return to Windy Mountain”

 

 

 

Mountain Home Music Company has produced a new music video from Sideline, for their latest single, Return To Windy Mountain.

The song comes courtesy of Delnora Lynn Reed and Carl Jackson, and tells of a young man who moves from his West Virginia home on Windy Mountain, vowing never to return to dig coal. As is so often the case, after roaming all over the world, he decides that he will return to those West Virginia hills before he leaves this earth.

If that story sounds familiar, it because it represents the life of bluegrass great, Melvin Goins, according to Sideline banjo man, Steve Dilling.

Return To Windy Mountain is a wonderful tribute to Hall of Famer Melvin Goins — a first generation bluegrass pioneer. I had the honor of knowing Melvin for many years before he passed, and I’m proud to do this song to honor his memory.”

 

“I Can Tell By The Way You Dance” by Hammertowne, from the album “Pictures”

HAMMERTOWNE, is a somewhat tradional, somewhat progressive Bluegrass Band from the hills of Eastern Kentucky. They write and perform the vast majority of thier own songs, with a garnishment of traditional favorites mixed in along the way. Individually, they have paid ample dues with
decades of experience playing along side some of the biggest and most respected names in the business such as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Dave Evans & Riverbend, Ernie Thacker & Route 23, Del McCoury, and The James King Band, to name a few. In HAMMERTOWNE, those years of experience are combined with a young, intense, and talented element, that makes for some serious, musical weaponry. Now, expanded to a six piece unit which includes no less than five stellar and versitle vocalist, six very credited song writers, and a boat load of instrumental prowess,
HAMMERTOWNE is making music that is sure to be in high demand for many years to come.

“Where the Dogs Don’t Bite” by Old Salt Union, from the album “Where the Dogs Don’t Bite”

Old Salt Union has released their 4th studio album, WHERE THE DOGS DON’T BITE, on Compass Records. The album finds this non-traditional stringband digging deep into their eclectic and diverse interests to create this set of new music, which has already received praise in such publications as No Depression, Rolling Stone Country, Relix, The Bluegrass Situation, and Bluegrass Today.

For this follow-up to their self-titled Compass Records debut, the Belleville, Illinois outfit once again enlisted GRAMMY-winning banjoist and Compass co-founder Alison Brown to produce. The resulting album,WHERE THE DOGS DON’T BITE, finds the members tapping into their varied musical backgrounds to deliver a wildly entertaining, eclectic batch of songs.

The quintet — Ryan Murphey (banjo), Justin Wallace (lead vocals and mandolin), John Brighton (violin), Jesse Farrar (lead vocals and bassist) and newest member Graham Curry(guitar) — continues to hone and develop its sound through their relentless tour schedule, cultivating a steadfast fanbase drawn to their high-energy shows.

Farrar, the nephew of Son Volt’s Jay Farrar, kicks off the album with “God You Don’t Need,” a hook-laden ode to a relationship gone bad set against a tapestry of strings and an eerily compelling banjo melody. Bluegrass legend and labelmate Bobby “Rocky Top” Osborne guests on “Tell Me So,” a nod to the bluegrass side of the band’s musical sensibilities featuring lead vocals and songwriting by mandolinist Justin Wallace.

Violinist Brighton delivers the gypsy-tinged instrumental “Johann’s Breakdown,” which pulls from jazz and classical progressions, and Wallace delivers the haunting title track, “Where The Dogs Don’t Bite.”

The dark, but heartfelt song features triple-layered guitar harmonies, stacked vocals and a group sing-along that recalls the last call at a corner pub in the Rust Belt, a fitting closing to this musically diverse and compelling release.

“Do Ya” by Sour Bridges, from the album Neon Headed Fool.

The guys call their music Browngrass, Bluegrass but dirtier.

 

The whole album is fun and at times funny, Austin Tx. funny.