The New Tradition - Old Time Gospel Jamboree

Sunday 1st October 1995
The New Tradition - Old Time Gospel Jamboree
The New Tradition - Old Time Gospel Jamboree

STYLE: Country
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Brentwood 5488J

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

The New Tradition, as has bean previously noted in this august journal (yerwhat?), are a superlative bluegrass team and any guitarist looking to see how lightning fast guitar picking can be is recommended to purchase a copy and be suitably awestruck. This instrumental set is full of joyful enthusiasm and back porch good times and the only thing that stops the 10 square rating is that Brentwood Music are still showing a woeful lack of imagination in the material of their country/bluegrass albums. Like Brentwood's anonymous 'Smoky Mountain' series (now long past its sell by date) 'Old Time Gospel Jamboree' is full of over familiar hymns ("What A Friend", "Rock Of Ages", "I See The Light", etc). Now no doubt some Brentwood exec could argue that the whole idea of their bluegrass albums is to appeal to latent 'old time religion' religiosity in the American psyche, but to we Brits their milk-the-market strategy has become a tad boring. But returning to this set, you're never going to hear these hymnal warhorses picked with more passion than displayed here.

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