Blue Mountain Rain
This album is completely and unashamedly Bluegrass. It is a collaborative effort with Banjo player Martin Louis, and heavily features Martin’s Bluegrass Band – also Sydneys most well known Bluegrass band “Acoustic Shock”.
Anyone who loves traditional Bluegrass played the traditional way with gorgeous 3 part harmony will love this album. Whilst our Bluegrass fans love it, it’s the reaction from my Country Music fan base which has both shocked and pleasantly surprised us, as it has been absolutely wonderful! It seems that there are many Country Music fans out there who are indeed searching for something a little less ‘pop’ sounding than has been the general offering of late.
Toted at the time as one of Australia’s Best Bluegrass recordings, it features Acoustic Shock – who are Martin Louis (Banjo & Vocals), Jim Rush (Guitar & Vocals), Nigel Lever (Mandolin & Vocals), Quentin Fraser (Double bass & Dobro) and a number of other great Australian players who showcase on certain songs. They include Kym Warner (Mandolin), Ian Simpson (Banjo), Andrew Clermont (Fiddle & Gourd Mandolin), Mick Albeck (Fiddle) and Liz Frencham (Double Bass & harmony vocals) and with such a team, …. how could we go wrong?
Along with great instrumentation, the album features the most stunning vocal harmonies heard in Australian Bluegrass in a long time.
The album features a real variety of musicians, styles, tempos and lead and harmony arrangements and has been likened to a beautifully arranged concert set. Songs include everything from the traditionally vibrant classics such as “You’re no longer a Sweetheart of mine” (Reno Bros.) and “Dream of Me” (Jim & Jesse) to the gentle full bodied harmonies of “Pathway of Teardrops” & “You’re Running Wild”, to some of their favourite duets such as “My heart skips a beat” & “I heard the Bluebird sing”, a few stunning instrumentals and even a couple from “Acoustic Shock” on their own.
There are in total 18 great tracks, 3 of which are Australian written songs, one of these being a co-write from myself and friend Heather Field. If you love Bluegrass, and find well recorded Australian Bluegrass hard to find,… then this is what you have waited for. Check out the song samples and email me what you think!, I guarantee it will live up to all your expectations,.. (and more!).
Mixed and Produced by James Gillard, Rob Specogna, Martin Louis and Karen Lynne. Engineered by Rob Specogna, assisted by Adrian Sotomayor, Kendall Massey, Lee Buddle. Recorded at Main Street Studios, Morning Light Studios and Sound Mine Studios. Mastered by Barry Hinninger. Musicians: Martin Louis, Nigel Lever, Jim Rush, Quentin Fraser, Elisabeth Frencham, Andrew Clermont, Kym Warner, Mick Albeck, Ian Simpson.