TROUBLESOME HOLLOW, "Old School," Fat Dog. 17 tracks.
If you're looking for hard-core bluegrass – something that's getting harder to find every year – look no farther than Troublesome Hollow's "Old School."
It is definitely old-school bluegrass.
Brothers Donnie and Garry Ollis formed the band in 1976 and Tim White came aboard two years later.
They broke up in 1997.
Now, they're back together again with an album featuring seven original songs and 10 older songs.
Two songs from the early '90s – "Five Pounds of Possum" and "Possum on the Run" – add humor.
But bluegrass leans more toward heartache and pain.
"Penny Song" and "Jimmy Brown" find children struggling to survive in a cold world.
"Speak Softly," "Lonesome Feeling," "Forever More," "Sittin' on Top of the Blues," "Portrait of the Blues," "Over Yonder in the Graveyard" and "Goin' Home" all are about trials and tribulations.
"True Love," however, finds the singer finally happily in love.
This is hard-driving bluegrass with a little Americana on the side.
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(Email Keith Lawrence at firstname.lastname@example.org.)