MOUNTAIN HEART, "Road That Never Ends (The Live Album)," Rural Rhythm. 16 tracks.
Mountain Heart needs to rethink its name.
It still has plenty of heart, but the addition of 24-year-old blue-eyed-soul singer Josh Shilling as lead singer makes the band's sound more Mountain Soul.
Shilling came to Mountain Heart from The Edge, a Virginia-based funk, R&B and soul group.
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His main instrument is a piano and he's at the top of his game on the Allman Brothers' "Whipping Post" - which is pretty far from bluegrass.
Publicity for the album - recorded live in May at The Ark, a 400-seat theater in Ann Arbor, Mich. - says Mountain Heart brings "new elements of rock, blues and even jazz to its signature blend of bluegrass, gospel and jamgrass."
When a bluegrass band starts referring to itself as "acoustic," fans worry if there's going to be any bluegrass left.
For the most part, Mountain Heart is still a bluegrass band. But it plays with rock intensity.
Bluegrass is a type of music that's best heard live. And "Road That Never Ends" is an album that captures the full intensity of a performance by a top band - whether it's acoustic or bluegrass.
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CORINNE WEST, "Second Sight," MRC. 11 tracks.
Corinne West is best described as an Americana artist. Her music is a blend of folk, rock, country and bluegrass.
She's been on the road since she was 15, absorbing life in America. And it shows in her writing - West wrote all 11 songs on the album.
While "Second Sight" isn't a bluegrass album, Jerry Douglas' Dobro on several cuts makes you forget the drums and organs.
And songs like "Gandy Dancer," "Diamonds To The Wind" and "All Good Things" are close enough to bluegrass for most fans.
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