Monday, September 29, 2014

LARRY EFAW & THE BLUEGRASS MOUNTAINEERS - She Left Me On A Mountain


LARRY EFAW & THE BLUEGRASS MOUNTAINEERS
She Left Me On A Mountain
 
She Left Me Standing On A Mountain - Little Mountain Home - Eight Steps Toward the Lord - Let The Whole World Talk - The Beautiful Shore - Silver Bells - Our Darling's Gone - One Kiss Away From Loneliness - Waves On The Sea - Will He Wait A Little Longer - Give Me Time To Think It Over - Sea Of Regret - Broken Heart and A Worried Mind - Don't You Call My Name - Old Brown County Barn
 
Just think on this a minute.  Six children, twelve grand-children, and twelve great-grandchildren.  Just think on this a minute, this same person was incredibly influenced by Carter Stanley, Ralph Stanley, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, and of course somewhere in there Bill Monroe.  We're talking about the acoustic rhythm guitar picker in the Bluegrass Mountaineers.  His name?  Beanpole.  Well, that's what it used to be when he formed his band at the age of 22.  Edward Efaw is his real name, and he still loves traveling and playing bluegrass music as well as composing it.  Joining him is Larry Efaw.  Hard to say if he's child or grandchild, but he's here in fine form, and takes care of business.  His background is pretty incredible,  He's playing mandolin.  Stanley Efaw is Larry's son.  He plays the fiddle and sometimes bass.  Joining in is Tom Isaac who is their banjoist; John Bryan on acoustic guitar; Anthony Prater is the upright bass player, and keeping everyone in line is Christopher Wilcox, the 8-year old great-grandson of Edward. Whew, this is a FAMILY bluegrass band, and they are terrific.  This album was recorded at the Castle Ford Studios in Boone, NC, and put out by Blue Circle Records, the company founded by Tom T. Hall and his wife Dixie.  The Bluegrass Mountaineers have certainly paid their dues, and this particular CD is definitely going to the Rural Roots Music Commission for their consideration of Bluegrass CD of the Year.  They make their home in Ohio, but they have traveled and worked with some of the very best in bluegrass music.  Name droppers they are not, but let it be known they have worked with some incredible names including Goldwing Express, Rhonda Vincent, Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Lewis Family, and Del McCoury to name just a few.  I really like how they can play a high-powered and high-driving traditional bluegrass, and then swing into some absolutely beautiful soft sad songs like "One Kiss Away From Loneliness."  Mandolin on this one is super.  Much continued success on the bluegrass circuit for the Bluegrass Mountaineers.
 
Record Review by Bob Everhart www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine 
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