Review - Midnight Storm

Artist: Blue Highway

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For eons the hill populations of Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and the Carolinas have entertained themselves by playing homemade instruments and singing in groups. Blue Highway's music evokes the vibe of eras past on this polished bluegrass recording via the band's masterful harmonizing and instrumental abilities.

Barbed-wire dobro licks, biting banjo runs and plenty of guitar picking give an edge to songs like "Find Me Out on a Mountain Top" and "Getting Over You," and the zippy fiddle-and-banjo instrumental, "Cold Frosty Horn," would fit right in at a hoe-down. Acoustic guitar gives the album's opening cut, "I'd Rather Be a Lonesome Pine," a '60s folk feel before the dobro and banjo take over. The lyrics make use of hillbilly idioms to tell tales of the Civil War-era South, and celebrate the hereafter on the a cappella number, "Some Day."

Blue Highway's authentic grasp of bluegrass has resulted in a winner of an album.

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