there such a thing as a perfect bluegrass album? I guess that all
depends on where you stand on the eternal “what is bluegrass, anyway”
debate, and which vocal or instrumental styles are appropriate, and all
But I still hold that my own standard of perfection works without
regard to those arguments. It’s a fairly simple standard: great songs,
stellar performances, and transparent audio quality.
By that standard, It’s About Tyme, released today by Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
is about as close to perfect as I can imagine. It represents the finest
work to date by this iconic band, fronted by one of the most
distinctive vocalists our music has ever borne. And I don’t think anyone
will argue that these guys aren’t smack dab in the mainstream of
From his breakout work with Doyle Lawson – and even before with
Southern Connection – Moore has done bluegrass proud, as he does here on
13 new tracks (plus a Wayne Benson instrumental). It’s also a great
introduction to the new band, being their first album since the
departure of longstanding members Steve Dilling and Edgar Loudermilk.
Both of them are now working with other touring groups, with Keith
McKinnon and Blake Johnson stepping in to IIIrd Tyme Out.
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