One of the best Bluegrass releases of the year so far is the new Harlan Road by the Lexington, Kentucky-based band NewTown. Solid vocal and instrumental work, combined with the songs of some great Southern writers, exemplify what this genre is all about on a collection of 11 wisely-chosen tunes.
Produced by Union Station bassist Barry Bales, Harlan Road features outstanding performances by NewTown vocalist/fiddler Kati Penn and her husband, vocalist/banjo player Jr. Williams, as well as guitarist Hayes Griffin, mandolinist Mitchell Cannon, and bass player Travis Anderson. In the tradition of the best Bluegrass records, this album is a real representation of the human condition, with excellent singing and playing that drive home the authenticity of the lyrics to some fine story songs.
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