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K.C. Groves

Can You Hear It – 1999 (Sweetgirl Music)

Reviewed by George Hauenstein

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K.C. Groves is a sweet-voiced singer/songwriter with a style and song selection similar to that of Laurie Lewis and Alison Krauss. Though not as strong vocally as either Lewis or Krauss, Grove's music reminds me of each's work.

Produced by the late Charles Sawtelle (Hot Rize), and backed by some of the finest players in modern bluegrass - Lewis, Tim O'Brien, Mark Schatz, Tony Furtado and Sally Van Meter - Groves and company have turned out a very pleasing album. The songs have a definite bluegrass flavor, though not traditional. They are heartfelt and tender and delivered with sincerity. The instrumental "Lost Indian" is the only song most people will immediately recognize. The best songs here include, "New Mexico," "You Think We're Friends," "Can You Hear It/Lost Indian' and sI'll Take You In My Arms," a wonderful duet with Peter Rowan. Things drag a bit on "Bad Boy Blues," but this is Groves' only real low point. The vocal harmonies are good throughout.

The musicianship on this CD is top-notch and Groves has a likeable vocal style. Though not a household name, this album will serve as a good introduction modern bluegrass and acoustic music fans. (18623 Jamestown Ci., Northville, MI 48167, 734-913-9882, E-Mail: kcgroves@aol.com)