Josh Slone and Coaltown
Josh Slone is good, real good. He knows how to make a song his and get into it, and make it come alive. Slone has been blessed with a great voice plus the tight high lonesome harmonies are great.
Rural Rhythm scores again. This recording is hot, the followup of the great opening song is a heartbreak ballad “Daddies Don’t Cry” and then the real upbeat “Destination Heartbreak” which is another strong offering, nice mandolin and fiddle. This recording has a good deal of reverb and compression, but it is used tastefully. When a producer or mastering engineer uses these tools right, it adds excitement and warmth to the music.
I would love to hear his four piece band live, because it is just him on guitar, a bass player, banjo and mandolin. He has a lot of guest musicians and vocalists on this CD. It is hard to pick out which singers and players are i his band, because there are seventeen people listed as singers or musicians on the CD. But the vocals are tight and there is great Dobro, Banjo and Fiddle.
I love the material, some great song writers stuff. Songs are more like country songs done the bluegrass way. Mark Brinkman, Larry Cordle, whose “Big Blue Raindrops” is a classic. Josh really sounds like a pro, not someone who is doing his first CD.
“Bluegrass and Me” by Mike Wells who wrote alot of these songs is a great uptempo song. The arrangements may be sparse at times, but the music is always top flight. There is a great guitar solo on “Hillbilly Girl”, which I’m guessing was done by Josh, because he is the only guitar picker listed.
The closer “Long Legged Woman” is a hoot with some great fiddle playing by Gerald Evans who I read that this was his last CD. That is sad news, Sounds like a man that will be missed by many.
Josh is also a very good guitar player. This is a very good CD overall with lots of great original bluegrass, wish Josh The best!!!