Blue Highawy - Midnight Storm

Midnight Storm

Blue Highway

(REB-CD-1746)

Rebel Records
PO Box 3057
Roanoke, VA 24015

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Allen Price
(aprice@aa.net)

Just their third release. 

After listening to the tight arrangements, the dead-on harmonies and the perfect timing, one would think they'd been playing together for years and years.   With Midnight Storm, Blue Highway shows that they just aren't about to level off or slow down.   Every album they do just gets better and better.  With the ability to run a tune into overdrive and the finesse to bring it down as well, Blue Highway just might be to the 1990's what many thought the Seldom Scene would be in the mid 1980's:  a group with traditional leanings and the potential to draw people from the musical mainstream into today's bluegrass music.

First you start with the fine vocal harmonies of Wayne Taylor, Shawn Lane and Tim Stafford that can stand alone.   In fact, they do, on Some Day, an inspiring song written by Olive Stockton, which they perform acapella.  Then you round out the sound with the fine instrumentation and tight arrangements of Rob Ickes and Jason Burleson.

Rob Ickes is one of the hottest Dobro players around these days.    And Jason Burleson's banjo style is the perfect fit for this band.   Together, they give the Carter Brothers tune, Midnight Storm the feel of a late night storm the song describes.

If you've heard anything of Blue Highway previously, Midnight Storm" will not deflate your lofty expectations of them.  They just get better and better.   If you've not heard them yet---where have you been?  You're missing something special.

And its just their third release.

The Musicians

Wayne Taylor- bass, lead vocal, harmony vocal
Shawn Lane- mandolin, fiddle, lead vocal, harmony vocal
Rob Ickes- Dobro, harmony vocal
Jason Burleson- banjo, mandolin, harmony vocal
Tim Stafford- guitar, lead vocal, harmony vocal

Track List:

  • I'd Rather Be A Lonesome Pine (Jack Tottle)
  • Pikeville Flood (Jim Mills)
  • Some Day (Olive Stockton)
  • Midnight Storm (Ralph and Carter Stanley)
  • Keen Mountain Prison (Wayne Taylor)
  • Getting Over You (Ellis Dykes)
  • Last Dollar Blues (Mark Mathewson)
  • He Walked All the Way Home (David Norris)
  • Cold Frosty Morn (Traditional)
  • Find Me Out On A Mountain Top (Tim Stafford)
  • Whither Thou Go (Tim Stafford)
  • May Your Life Be Sweet and Simple (Jack Tottle)

[Edited by Paula Gregorowicz]

Copyright 1999, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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