Monday, September 21, 2009
Grasstowne - "The Other Side of Towne" - CD Review
Grasstowne. Alan Bibey, Steve Gulley, and Phil Leadbetter had each found success with top bands over a number of years. Each expressed, however, a certain dissatisfaction with the kind of music they had been making and wanted to commit himself to creating a unique, yet strongly tradition-based, sound. With their first CD, The Road Headin' Home, they set a strong standard for themselves. Now, after more than two years of touring, changes in the band only at bass, and a lot of thoughtful development, they have produced their eagerly awaited second album The Other Side of Towne. Combining their expected instrumental and vocal quality with an increased sense of who and what Grasstowne is, they've produced a well-rounded and highly listenable album that will provide hours of pleasure. With fourteen new songs, six of them written or co-written by Gulley or Bibey, the album has a distinctive Grasstowne sound and feel to it. Bibey and Gulley split the vocal responsibilities evenly, each singing lead on six songs and contributing fine vocal harmonies to each other's leads.
Grasstowne at Bluegrass on the Waccamaw, Conway, SC
Steve Gulley & Alan Bibey at IBMA - 2008
Steve Gulleyweb site, or all the other usual sources. As usual, I recommend purchasing or downloading the entire recording, as it shows significant planning and thought with no particular song standing alone as “the” single. This is a truly fine recording.