Summertown Road

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This Ashland, Ky.-based foursome’s traditional sound harkens back to the classic bluegrass days of Bill Monroe, but the comparisons stop there. Jonathan Rigsby displays some admirable mandolin work on the Vietnam tale “Two Medals,” while the cover of Tony Arata’s “Too Much of a Good Thing” and the instrumental “Goin’ Home to See My Baby” feature sprightly banjo solos. Jonathan displays more virtuoso string work with some fine fiddling on the band’s tribute to him, “Fiddlin’ John,” before the album ends with two conventional bluegrass standards, Tom T. and Dixie Hall’s “That’s Kentucky” and the gospel number “Hide Me, Rock of Ages.” The band’s first effort is musically competent but predictable, lacking the overall polish and distinctive personality found in the work of other bluegrass luminaries.

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