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DAVID WILLIAMS & The WILDGRASS BAND featuring KRISTINA MURRAY —THE CRAZY KIND (Trapdoor Media)

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Bluegrass music with the usual dash and lots more —that is what you get with this album. For not only do we have the multi-talented David Williams who, apart from playing folk, bluegrass is a children’s author, and through his life-time love of the guitarist Django Reinhardt written a new musical / play about the jazz guitarist we also have as a bonus the delightful lead vocals of Kristina Murray. Who in turn conjures a little of the style of fellow bluegrass artiste Laurie Lewis, and like Lewis she crosses the folk country and bluegrass boundary in a seamless fashion.

With the vocal and acoustic guitar duties split between Murray and Williams (what a fine touch he has on guitar) with Katie Glassman (fiddle), Chris Elliott (banjo), Jordan Ramsey (mandolin) and Duane Webster (bass) in support the music is fresh and pure, and with a running time of over an hour the listener is well rewarded.

Other than Murray and a comparison to Laurie Lewis —the music of the Dry Branch Fire Squad comes to mind on many songs. The clever, and jaunty ‘Half Bad’ that speaks of being Jimmie Rodgers’ ‘lonesome’, Hank Williams ‘sad’ and Patsy Cline ‘kinda crazy’ could just as easily come from their catalogue. Staying on the subject of impressive tunes, the wonderful, shared vocal effort ‘Colorado’ that speaks of Murray’s adopted home it strikes a lonesome and at the same time descriptive chord of the rocky state.

Murray is given greater scope to shine early on. Which she most certainly does on the mid-tempo, free roaming lead off ballad ‘Annie Oakley’ that is soon followed by the melodic ‘You Gonna Lose Her’ and the racing banjo, bass and fiddle straight ahead bluegrass ‘Where Do Angels get Their Wings? You also have the beautiful, fiddle, mandolin and bass drenched swing (shades of Reinhardt?) delight ‘Cheyenne’ and that is not to forget the shared ‘Crazy Kind’ and ‘Paul’s Song’.

With space and tracks fast running out, Murray shows up well on the plaintive ‘Kitchen Table’ while Williams clocks in with arguably his best performance via ‘Heavenly Road’ and with banjo, mandolin and Murray tucked in alongside him ‘Redheaded Stranger’ creates an interesting sound. A bluesy sound you could imagine David Olney coming up with, and there is praise for you (David and co). To close, and fittingly so it is the beautiful tones of Kristina that lends a rare quality few are able to match on the story-ballad ‘Floodwater’ —that like all the other fine cuts was written by Dave!

What a find it was when I discovered the music of both and you too will no doubt feel that way once you have sampled just one song by the wonderful ensemble.
Maurice Hope


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1
Rod Picott
70 pts.
Out Past The Wires
Welding Rod Music
GC,AN,LM,SZ,TK
2
JW Roy & The Royal Family
62 pts.
A Room Full Of Strangers
Royal Family Records
EM,PJ,DH
3
Steph Cameron
61 pts.
Daybreak over Jackson Street
Pheromona
ML
4
JD McPherson
54 pts.
Undivided Heart & Soul
New West
AR,RK,LK
5
Sarah Morris
53 pts.
Hearts In Need Of Repair
Independent
 
6
Turnpike Troubadours
52 pts.
Long Away From Your Heart
Bossier City Records
MA,GF
7
Chris Hillman
51 pts.
Bidin' My Time
Rounder
 
8
Hayward Williams
39 pts.
Pretenders
Why River Records
KG,JB,JBO
9
Joe Henry
38 pts.
Thrum
Ear Music
 
10
Jim White
37 pts.
Waffles, Triangles & Jesus
Loose Music
JJ
12
Margo Price
35 pts.
All American Made
Third Man Records
 
11
Mark Martyre
35 pts.
Rivers
Independent
MF
13
Mavis Staples
32 pts.
If All I Was Was Black
Anti
HO
 
Peter Oren
32 pts.
Anthropocene
Western Vinyl
RB,HB
15
Fred Wickham
29 pts.
Mariosa Delta
Thirty Days Records
 
16
Jeffrey Martin
27 pts.
One Go Around
Fluff & Gravy Records
HDB
17
Blitzen Trapper
25 pts.
Wild and Reckless
Lojinx
JDO
 
Jeff Crosby
25 pts.
Postcards From Magdalena
At The Helm Records
FCE,FC,JS
19
Dori Freeman
24 pts.
Letters Never Read
Blue Hens Music
 
 
Hardpan
24 pts.
Hardpan
Blue Rose Records
WR
21
The Deep Dark Woods
21 pts.
Yarrow
Six Shooter
JF
22
Lilly Hiatt
20 pts.
Trinity Lane
New West
TJ
 
Tom Russell
20 pts.
Folk Hotel
Frontera Records-Proper Records
JAB
24
Eilen Jewell
19 pts.
Down Hearted Blues
Signature Sounds
MW
25
Dick LeMasters
18 pts.
Incompatible Things
Longneck Road Music
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