Sunday, January 22, 2012

David Davis & The Warrior River Boys "Two Dimes & A Nickel" (209)

One of the hardest things for a neotraditional bluegrass band to do is to perform material that is true to the bluegrass format, yet not sound dated.  So much of the first generation's songbook clearly no longer relates to even the parents of the audience.  When has anyone lived in a little cabin?  Or ridden a train? 

The song selection here is firmly within the bounds of traditional bluegrass, yet most of it could be directly addressing issues faced by audience members in the 21st century.  So many of the problems of the early 20th century stay with us -- finances, love, absent family members. 

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