Jerry Steinberg: "I received your CD, and it's extremely good. I'm so proud of y'all capturing the early sound of blue grass. There is nobody left in the USA that would even consider doing that.
Matt's mandolin playing and Ruben's guitar playing is extra good. I love to hear good guitar playin'...Bravo!
Nice selection of songs: I never heard WILL I MEET MOTHER IN HEAVEN done other than the original. I DON'T MIND is really good. Y'all did RAINBOW, which I love (did you know it has words?).Y'all have something to be real proud of. "
Jim Beaver: "This is a five member bluegrass band with guitar,
mandolin, banjo, dobro, and upright bass. The 16-song selection is superb with several classics,
some obscure gems, and a few early rarities. Six of the tracks are gospel. The CD kicks off with an
introductory instrumental titled "Theme" that is similar to "Watermelon On The Vine," and progresses
much like an old radio show alternating between great traditional songs and occasional gospel
offerings, then ending with another instrumental, "Rainbow." It is recorded in a style you might have
heard in the early 1950s, probably as an ensemble, and without all the digital perfection added. The
vocal harmonies are true and reminiscent of the period they are targeting. Special mention to two
songs that really got my attention -- Hylo Brown's "Lost To A Stranger" complete with the falsetto
jumps, and the wonderful but obscure "You'll Always Be My Blue-Eyed Darling" from Fred Murphy and the
Blue River Boys. The result is as refreshing as anything you might hear today. It was only after
listening the entire CD that it occurred to me this was made by non-native-English-speakers --
the one I know is Italian -- and there was nothing about the performances that tipped me off to that
fact. It seems this group of musicians has studied the roots of American bluegrass and early country
in greater depth than many current Americans. This is a delightful CD that I will be listening to
repeatedly, and listeners to WHUS Bluegrass Cafe will share the joy."