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The Kickin Grass Band - On the Short Rows

On The Short Rows

The Kickin Grass Band

Available from CD Baby

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic
(rnrcurmudgeon@yahoo.com)

Might as well blurt it out early: I like this disc a lot.

Infusing old-timey bluegrass with contemporary-radio ready country-rock On The Short Rows Kickin Grass' effusive sophomore disc, lends itself easily to well deserved, repeated listenings. You can feel their onstage exuberance from the kick-off original Lay Down Your Weary Load and the engaging title track (itself an engaging rewrite of the traditional In The Jailhouse Now); through other endearing originals as Fairest Rose and Molly.

The players - Lynda Wittig Dawson - lead vocals, guitar, Jaime Dawson - mandolin, vocals, Ben Walters - banjo, vocals, Patrick Walsh - bass, vocals, and Matt Hooper - fiddle all share in the songwriting and have their hearts in all the right places.

To borrow from the band's PR: Kicking Grass falls perfectly in the space between Earl Scruggs and Bela Fleck But that leads to my disclaimer: Even with all the vibrant a-pickin' 'n' a-playin', high harmonizing and swing,: How is Kicking Grass going to claim that space as their own?

Track List:

  • Lay Down Your Weary Load
  • On The Short Rows
  • Cloverleaf
  • Dear Sarah
  • Change Your Mind
  • Molly
  • Fairest Rose
  • When My Days Are Full Of Sorrow
  • Pot Liquor
  • Hello It's Me
  • Rock Island Line
  • Ain't Got Nothin'
  • Grandfather's Clock
Produced by Jerry Brown and Kicking Grass

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2006, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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