Tuesday, July 30, 2013

New Tunes Tuesday - Adam Steffey

If you follow bluegrass and country music, this name should be familiar to you. Adam Steffey is one of the best, if not THE best, mandolin players out there. He has recorded with Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, spent a few years with Alison Krauss' band Union Station, and is now currently with The Boxcars. New Primitive is a solo project, however, in which he has surrounded himself with amazing musicians.

These are the songs you probably heard around the campfire growing up and never knew their names. Or didn't even know they had names. I think of walking the streets of Silver Dollar City when I hear this music. It's a flashback in time and just plain fun! You can't help but tap your foot to this music.

It's mostly instrumental which makes great background music. Notable tracks are Cluck Old Hen with a wonderful banjo accompaniment by non-other than his wife, Tina. Squirrel Hunter is a very interesting and enjoyable jam. You will probably recognize the very energetic Big Eyed Rabbit. And speaking of energetic, the opening track Don't Get Drunk Joe is amazing. Who Now Will Sing Me Lullabies is a gentle ballad sung beautifully by Samantha Snyder. And the closing track features Steffey by himself picking out Ways of the World.

This CD should be a delight for those who are fans of old-time and bluegrass music.


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