Title - 'Leaving On a Jet Plane'
Artist - Blueridge Mountain Bluegrass Band
For those not in the know, the Blueridge Mountain Bluegrass Band came about when you mix together the very best Adirondack Bluegrass musicians with some of Nashville's best pickers and singers!
The band includes three National Champion players, along with two twenty year veterans of the Grand Ole Opry.
A special blend of Bluegrass and Folk standards that is Americana Music at it's best, their debut album I'm Leaving On a Jet Plane is out now via Country Rewind Records.
1. 'Adrenaline Hayride'
2. 'Leaving on a Jet Plane'
3. 'Stony Lady'
4. 'Cripple Creek'
5. 'Bartender's Blues'
6. 'Dixie Hoedown'
7. 'You Are My Sunshine'
8. 'Head over Heels in Love with You'
9. 'Blackberry Blossom'
10. 'Blue Suede Shoes'
11. 'Foggy Mountain Breakdown'
12. 'More Pretty Girls Than One'
13. 'The Ballad of Jed Clampett'
15. 'Salt Creek'
16. 'Grandfather's Clock'
The album kicks off in high octane style with the barn burner, fast fiddlin' and banjo strummin' beauty 'Adrenaline Hayride' and backs that up with both the joyous title track 'Leaving on a Jet Plane' (yes, the very same John Denver track) and then the storytelling of 'Stony Lady.'
Those nibble-picked, fast-talkin' banjos and fiddles come back out on 'Cripple Creek' and that's backed seamlessly by the slower paced reminiscing of 'Bartender's Blues' and then the gently frenetic 'Dixie Hoedown.'
The beautifully melodic 'You Are My Sunshine' (popularized by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell in 1939 and which has since been a hit for many a country artist) is up next and is followed by the short but sweet 'Head over Heels in Love with You.'
One of my own personal favorites here is the vibrant 'Blackberry Blossom' which is backed by a near note-for-note rendition of 'Blue Suede Shoes' (although the Bluegrass harmonies are a joy to behold).
Next up is the famous Bluegrass instrumental written by Earl Scruggs 'Foggy Mountain Breakdown' and then comes yet another stand out cut, their rendition of the Lyle Lovett classic 'More Pretty Girls Than One.'
Then we get a right royal flashback treat in 'The Ballad of Jed Clampett' (which you will recall was also the theme song for the television series The Beverly Hillbillies) and that's backed by a quite stunning 'Summertime' (Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, et al).
This resoundingly upbeat album then rounds out with the Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys' fast-fiddled instrumental 'Salt Creek' with Johnny Cash's wondrous 'Grandfather's Clock' bringing the show to a close.
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