Tuesday, June 13, 2017

New Bluegrass Releases On The Horizon From The Grascals, Doyle Lawson and Jerry Douglas

Artist: The Grascals
Album: Before Breakfast
Label: Mountain Home
Release date: September 1, 2017

The bluegrass powerhouse steps out with a program of 12 numbers including Becky Buller's "Sleepin' with the Reaper," Webb Pierce's "Pathway of Teardrops," the gospel classic "I've Been Redeemed" and more, including "Clear Corn Liquor" highlighting the tune "Whiskey Before Breakfast," lending the album its title.

Artist: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Album: Life Is A Story
Label: Mountain Home
Release date: August 25, 2017

With nearly 40 albums to their credit, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have multiple Grammy, Dove, ICM, IBMA and SPBGMA Award nominations, and are 7-time winners of IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year. Lawson is reigning SPBGMA Mandolin Player of the Year, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver are also a winner of the Inspirational Country Music Association (ICM) Vocal Group of the Year, crowned in October 2012 at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, on the heels of Lawson’s induction into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame at the Ryman Auditorium in September of 2012.

Artist: Jerry Douglas
Album: What If
Label: Rounder
Release date: August 18, 2017

Jerry Douglas, the 14x GRAMMY award winner who has played on over 2,000 separate recordings (Alison Krauss, Mumford & Sons, James Taylor, etc.), presents a new album with a unique sound and a brand-new outfit of musicians, hand-picked by Douglas himself. On What If, Douglas decisively merges jazz inclinations with the bluegrass, country, blues, swing, rock, and soul he's spent his life absorbing and performing, forging a sound that flies beyond the boundaries of anything he - or anyone else - has done before. From the up-tempo combination of what Douglas calls 'bebop jazz and caveman jazz' on 'Cavebop' to the symphonically sweeping title track, What If delves into areas unexplored by any other musician, much less by Dobro! The album also includes a funky, soulful take on Tom Waits' '2:19' and a blistering bluegrass-meets-jam-band reinvention of the classic 'Hey Joe.'

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