Mandolin aficionado, Alan Bibey's new release In the Blue Room is a wonderful showcase of his unique mandolin style. Blending the instrumental with the vocal song, Bibey has created a thoroughly enjoyable disk. Strongest when doing the instrumental, Bibey has the range of a maestro. From the subtle beauty of "Lee's Reel" to the kinetic energy of "Wild Fiddler's Rag," Bibey shows a grace and style as unique as that of David Grisman. "Save Your Heart" is another highlight and an example good traditional song writing, pure and simple. With the one sentimental misstep of "What I Am, " Bibey's new disk is an enjoyable listen through and through.
And yes, I neglected
to mention that the great Tony Rice plays guitar on a number of tracks
on the above CD which leads us into the next Sugar Hill release Skaggs
and Rice - The Essential Old-Time Country Duet Recordings. This
recording was originally issued in 1980, but is a new discovery for
me with its prerelease For fans of sixties country and bluegrass alike,
this disk is a must have with its blend of the two genres.
As an aside I'll mention that the latest by the Seldom Scene - Scene it All on the Sugar Hill Records label as well is not to be missed. Can this label go wrong?
- Robert Lanham
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