Tuesday, December 14, 2010

That Nashville SoundBites- Mountain Heart- That Just Happened

That Nashville Sound receives many different CD releases throughout the year from indie, bluegrass and artists just off the mainstream radar- or smaller projects like EPs- that we’re doing short mini CD reviews on. We call them That Nashville SoundBITES- it’s a feature that will allow us to give some props to some albums and artists that deserve a spotlight on their work.

Release Date: October 2010

Music Label: Self-Released

The Skinny: Mountain Heart has undisputed music chops. The group's entertainment, instrumental, and vocal prowess are widely acclaimed in bluegrass and other acoustic music circles- they've been awarded the IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year award in 1999 and have been nominated for many other IBMA awards including "Entertainer of the Year" (2003, 2004, 2005), "Vocal Group of the Year" (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006), and "Instrumental Group of the Year" (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006). The album opens up with “It Just Happened”, as much bluegrass as it is rock and roll with its slide guitar/organ playing/mandolin picking. Next up is “Little Sadie”, an old bluegrass classic done in a rollicking style. The star of the album is “Even if it Breaks My Heart”, a soulful ballad sung nicely by lead singer Josh Shilling- a tale of of "if you love someone you have to let them go." The final track is a tight rendition of the Allman Brothers’ classic “Whipping Post”. With the little interlude of the piano solo in the Joe Cocker version of “The Letter”, there’s no doubt about it, these guys like to rock their bluegrass.

Sounds Like: If the Steeldrivers added an electric guitar and keyboards

Standout Tracks: "Even If It Breaks My Heart", "Little Sadie"

The Verdict: Three And A Half Stars Out Of Five

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