A bunch of young kids singing the classics….bluegrass style. They have awesome harmonies and amazing muso talents. Their parents weren’t even a twinkle in their grandparents’ eyes when some of these songs were written. Their readings of the songs are amazing and they add their own twist to them. They have serious writing cred themselves, but this is a fun project with some interesting choices….especially for a bluegrass/gospel band.
Never in a million years would I have thought that Hey Jude (as a religiously dedicated Beatles’ fan) would be transformed into a bluegrass song, but it works.
Jailhouse Rock (yes, I am an Elvis nut) on the other hand, always had that possibility, probably because I think of Elvis as a country boy first.
Somebody told me once that every song has country in it if you listen to it closely enough. I think actually, it may have been Jon Bon Jovi!
I wanna dance with somebody is a case in point. Who would have thought that Whitney’s song could have been converted. I actually listened to it again, between listens to the Family Sowell songs and I could hear it…who would have thunk it?
I love The Way You Look Tonight done bluegrass, the kids have been very adventurous, here, it sounds like it was meant to be bluegrass and no other style. One of the standouts.
I have to admit that Achy Breaky Heart is one of my least favourite country music songs of all time, but I went very close to liking it here. These kids can make me like anything.
As if they knew, the next song that they play is I Hope You Dance, which is one of my favourite songs of all time, in any genre. I have many friends who feel the same way. The Womack. So beautiful. Rollicking banjo and fiddles. Harmonies add to it. The Womack would be proud.
Ed Sheeran? I must admit, I am not a huge fan of a lot of modern pop, but Ed is one that I don’t mind. I am not that familiar with Beautiful People. These kids never cease to amaze me. Even when they do covers, which is rare, they do stuff which is outside the box.
I have become such a groupie of these guys, they are just so amazingly talented and lovely. They can turn a classic into a new classic, and they can write a fine tune. They are so broadminded in their taste and styles and so amazingly instrumentally and vocally sharp.
These guys are just awesome. Check them out.
Bye Bye Blackbird
The Way You Look Tonight
I Wanna dance With Somebody
Achy Breaky Heart
I Hope You Dance