Gary Waldrep is a showman, plain and simple. Coming from the Sand Mountain region of northern Alabama, he's a fine banjo player, both three finger and claw hammer. Many of the gospel songs he chooses, especially "Thomas," are favorites of the crowd he brings in. Recently, he's had some lineup changes, but standby Mindy Rakestraw will bring her fine singing, both lead and harmony, as well as strong rhythm guitar to the mix. We haven't seen Gary in a couple of years, so we're looking forward to a reunion with him and members of his band.
Sideline is in danger of becoming more than its name for its members. Making their second trip to Florida in three weeks from their home territory near Raleigh, NC suggests that this band is succeeding beyond anything they imagined when they formed and recorded their first CD. All former members of successful national and regional bands, the Sideline crew choose their material well, combining familiar covers with songs you may not know quite so well. Having added Greg Luck and Brian Aldridge gives them added availability and reliability. Now at work on their second CD (Sessions #2), they're hard driving and fun.
A pleasing band featuring plenty of familiar bluegrass and country songs along with a good selection of gospel music, Jerry Butler's expert band emceeing along with a band that's now been together for enough time to be comfortable and familiar with each other delivers just what the Waldo audience is looking for.
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