Starry Southern Nights – self released (2020)
This is an eight track debut record of a five piece band that I initially just kinda stumbled across on facebook. After making contact and asking if there was a CD available, the bass-player Rick Brodsky said he'd hook me up. To be honest, I didn't know what to expect at that point. Two weeks later I found it in my mailbox and couldn't wait to put it in my CD player. It took exactly 20 seconds to know that this was a good find. The banjo kicked off on the opening track and then brilliant fiddle work opened the door for the vocals. Amazing!
Alex MacLeod is playing the guitar, Joe Deetz plays the banjo, Danny Musher on fiddle, Billy Thibodeau is on the mandolin and the backbone of the project, a stout bass performance by Rick Brodsky. Stephen Mougin recorded and mixed the project and it was produced by Ned Luberecki – need I say more?
The opener '99 Year Blues' is followed by seven superb bluegrass tracks, including three original tunes. The banjo instrumental by Joe Deetz deserves honorable mention. It’s called Juxtaposed, and is followed by the elegant cover of Don't Take It Too Bad from Townes van Zandt.
Every song is well balanced and arranged with the right tempo and mood. Each band member adds just what is necessary to carry the songs and the great vocals and harmonies. This record is really...really good. There’s an element of fun and surprise that leaves you absolutely satisfied. The only negative… it's too short! After hearing the last track Stagger Lee, that showcases amazing mandolin support, you just want more. More Rock Hearts!