High and Dry is our newest and hottest release. We put together a great collection of our newest originals, some old favorites and a few that we borrowed and "grassitized" from other genres of music. This CD was a long time in the making due to our busy schedule of personal appearances, but we hope you'll agree that it was worth the wait.
High and Dry is a song that Bobby Anderson wrote back in 2006, but we really just got around to playing it regularly. Train songs are a big part of bluegrass, so we thought an original one was due. We especially love the harmony on this one - it sounds like a train whistle blowing!
Asheville Bounce is a fun, hard-driving tune written by Bobby Anderson. We open a lot of shows with this one, and it has become a favorite instrumental among our many fans. This one gets you in the mood for some more great pickin'!
Ruby is a good old classic bluegrass song from the Osborne Brothers. You've gotta have a high roof in your mouth to sing this one up there where Bobby Osborne did, and "Chubby" Rich Inman is just the man for the job. You just might find yourself hitting the repeat button on this one.
Eight More Miles to Louisville is our tribute to the late great Grandpa Jones. We heard him sing this one many times, and Phil Preston really does it justice. With the clawhammer or "frailing" banjo style on this one, we sort of get you out of the bluegrass vein a little.
While you're out of the bluegrass vein, let's turn the corner and grassitize a great country hit John Anderson made famous back in the 80's. Black Sheep was one of his biggest hits and the lyrics are just perfect for bluegrass. Jim Turpin sings the lead on this rockin' and rollin' favorite.
What a Waste of Good Corn Likker is a song we first heard Mac Wiseman sing many years ago. We've decided that this has to be a true story, because nobody could make something like this up. It's a song about love, moonshine and death all rolled into one!
He's Right There With Me is our gospel selection for this album. Jim Turpin wrote this one in 2011 and he sings the lead on it. This one reminds us of how much we really need our Lord, how much He loves us and what He does for us every single day.
House of the Rising Sun is an old traditional folk song that has been around it seems like forever. The song started out as a 16th century English folk song before being adapted later to its New Orleans setting. Most people remember the version by The Animals, but it's been done by many other groups like Charlie Waller and the Country Gentlemen and Bob Dylan, just to name a couple.
Whiskey Hillis yet another great original from the pen of Bobby Anderson. Bobby actually recorded this song with his band "A Grain of Salt" back in the 70's. This new cut definitely has a newgrass feel and Bobby's great banjo licks will leave you wanting more.
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I Live For Him
We officially released our first all-gospel CD, I Live For Him, on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010. It was voted by the listeners of WNCW 88.7 as one of the top 50 bluegrass CD's of 2010. It has received airplay worldwide, and we constantly get calls and emails about it. We are extremely honored to be recognized for this project, and we hope you'll enjoy it.
Doubting Thomas kicks off the CD right, with an upbeat, toe-tapping tempo. Jim started writing this one on a Sunday morning while getting ready for church, and rushed home afterward to finish it. It has become a crowd favorite at all of our shows. Clap along with us at the end!
I Live For Him has a very inspiring message, which is why we chose it as the title track of the CD. Bobby had begun writing this song and called Jim over one Saturday afternoon to help him finish it. Once we brought it to the band and rehearsed it a few times, Gene added one of his colorful chords (a G minor) and the song was complete.
We perform Will The Circle Be Unbroken at almost every show we do. Lynda Davis, one of our area's most gifted gospel singers usually joins us on stage, so we asked her to join us on the CD as well. As you'll hear, her voice, combined with Gene's, just makes this great song even better.
Follow Me is a song that was written by our dear friend, pastor and fellow musician Dwayne Durham of Appalachian Fire. We have played this song with him on many occasions and he graciously allowed us to record it on this CD. It's a great song with a very touching message.
When we heard the Hot Rize version of Man In The Middle (a.k.a. Three Men On A Mountain), we knew it would be a great gospel song to add to our list. We get lots of requests for this one everywhere we play.
We learned Place No Wreath last year and performed it first at a memorial service for one of our closest bluegrass family members who was called home. This track sets a mood of its own, accompanied only by guitar, mandolin and bass.
Bobby learned This Little Light Of Mine when he was a kid, as many of you probably did. As we've been known to do, we have kicked it up several notches and made a great spritual bluegrass song out of it.
We were blessed to attend church with Mr. Will Buchanan, who wrote Don't Be Ashamed To Claim The Savior. At 87 years young, Mr. Buchanan wrote some wonderful gospel songs. He has since gone on to sing in person to the Lord Himself, but it was a real blessing for us to perform one of his songs on this CD and have him come in and sing it with us as well! Although he is gone, his wonderful song will be with us as long as we are here.
Take Your Shoes Off Moses has been one of our favorite bluegrass gospel songs since we first put the band together. We have done this one for years and it's always a crowd-pleaser. If your foot doesn't tap during this one, you need to check your pulse.
You never know where or when the Lord will send you a gift. Jim was vistiting someone's house and saw a refrigerator magnet that read "Life is God's gift to us; what we do with it is our gift to him." Jim knew immediately that this would make a great song and God enabled him to pen Life Is A Gift. We got together and arranged the music one night, bringing this wonderful message to life.
As the appropriate bookend to Doubting Thomas, Molly O'Day's When My Time Comes To Go is a rousing bluegrass gospel extravaganza! This great song will leave you feeling happy, upbeat and ready to go!
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Slightly Bent - Bobby's Solo Project
We are very proud to present to you the latest project from Bobby Anderson, entitled Slightly Bent. This CD is mostly instrumental, featuring Bobby's versatility, skill and artistry on the 5-string banjo. This is not your typical bluegrass album, but something very special that is sure to endure for many years to come. If you want to experience the many different avenues of music that are created when this instrument is played by a true master, look no further. You have found it.
Mandolin: Jim Turpin Fiddle: Marjorie Hill and Pam Crowhurst Bass: Phil Preston, Jim Fox and Cas Haskell Guitar: Gene Burns (rhythm), Tom Dudley (lead), Chuck Wagner (rhythm and lead) and Gary Spence (rhythm and lead) Banjo: Seth "Little Earl" Rhinehart - 2nd banjo on New Point Special Vocals: Jim Turpin and April Smith on Carolina Waltz
Who's That Knockin' At My Door? is a deep, rootsy song penned by Pat Enright, who is a long-time member of the Nashville Bluegrass Band. Pat was ill with a fever one night and went to bed early. When he awoke the next morning, he found this song in his own handwriting next to the bed and didn't remember writing it!
Down The Road was written and originally recorded by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. Through the years, many bands have recorded the song, and most of them stick pretty close to the Flatt and Scruggs style. Bobby Anderson has taken some liberties with this one and developed an arrangement that departs from the Flatt and Scruggs version, incorporating a banjo technique he terms "frailing".
When Bobby Anderson gets a little quiet time to himself, you never know what's going to happen. He wrote this swinging, bluesy tune while sitting around one quiet afternoon. We worked it up, threw in some backup vocals and here it is! You'll want to put your dancing shoes on for this one.
Written by Jim Turpin, Hit Me Again is a tribute to the Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe. Mr. Monroe's first band after parting with his brother Charlie was named the Blue Grass Boys, in honor of his home state of Kentucky. As his type of music crossed too many boundaries to be categorized, it was given a genre of its own and aptly named "Bluegrass" after his band. This song is somewhat of a history lesson in bluegrass music.
Hank Williams wrote many great songs during his short life, and it seemed everything he wrote became a hit. Your Cheatin' Heart was a sad, lonely song that Hank crooned night after night on the road, and one of his most well-known pieces of music. As a banjo player with a different outlook on life, Bobby Anderson thought it would be fun to "grassitize" this one and put a different spin on it. We hope Hank doesn't mind.
Bluegrass music is full of songs about all sorts of bad things like drinking and killing, but when you put a good upbeat tempo with the words, it doesn't seem so bad. Darling Corey is a very old song that bounces along while telling a story of some outlaws making illegal whiskey and getting killed. You gotta have at least one of these songs to be bluegrass!
Another Bobby Anderson original, Blue Mountain Girl is a story told from the viewpoint of a lonely man whose true love left with another man. He just wants her to come back home to the Smoky Mountains.
We're not sure who wrote this one, since there aren't any copyright records for it, but this cut was inspired by the Vassar Clements version. We slowed it down and "bluesed it up" a little to come up with this arrangement that really swings.
At many of our shows, someone will come up and ask for a waltz. Usually it's "Tennessee Waltz" or "Kentucky Waltz", as these are very popular bluegrass waltzes. Bobby Anderson figured it was time someone from North Carolina wrote a waltz for our state, so he came up with "Carolina Waltz". The tune was so good that Jim Turpin decided it deserved some words and he wrote a simple verse and chorus. Jim's sister, April Smith, joins us on this track to enhance this great tune with some wonderful female harmony.
Ain't Nobody Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone is a classic traditional bluegrass song written by Lester Flatt. Jimmy Martin performed this song regularly throughout his career, as well as many other acts. It is a popular old standard you're likely to hear anywhere bluegrass is played.
An unlikely song for a bluegrass band, Evangelina was written by truck stop favorite Hoyt Axton and Ken Higginbotham. This one has a unique Mexican flare, and Bobby lays down some banjo licks that will have you looking for your lost shaker of salt. (You Jimmy Buffet fans will know what I mean when you hear it!) We wore our sombreros in the studio when we recorded this one.
It seems we can't cut a CD without a Hank Williams gospel song on it. We recorded A House Of Gold on Carolina Calling, and on Hit Me Again we've included Ready To Go Home. I don't think Hank knew he was writing bluegrass, but we're sure glad we figured it out. Hold on to your hat when you hear the ending!
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