The Dry Branch Fire Squad - Just For The Record

Wednesday 1st June 1994
The Dry Branch Fire Squad - Just For The Record

STYLE: Country
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Rounder 0306

Reviewed by Tony May

Session of sizzling bluegrass from one of the finest of the contemporary bands. They have been around for 17 years, steadily merging their blend of country, old-time roots, mountain music and progressive bluegrass into a hard-driving, passionate sound. If you enjoy the general sphere of acoustic music, you really should investigate the likes of the Squad. Fearless acoustic picking, smooth harmonies, like lots of the other music, bluegrass will impress once you get past the blurred image. Much of the vocal work is an echo of traditional old time church, American rural style. Songs like "Church By The Road", "The God That Never Fails" and the Carter Family classic "A Distant Land To Roam" ring with conviction and vitality. As well as gospel songs, there are worthy gems such as John Prine's "Unwed Fathers" and Jim Rushing's "Carolyn At The Broken Wheel Inn". Great set of red-hot bluegrass.

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