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Lonesome Pines

After Sundown – 2002 (Self-released)

Reviewed by Kevin Oliver

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There are probably a few thousand bluegrass bands who are good but not great, content or maybe constricted to playing their own little corner of the world without the rest of us being any better or worse off. The lucky ones, like Lonesome Pines, put out an album so we can hear what we're missing.

In this case, it is some fine interpretations of warhorse-level tunes like, "Cash On The Barrel Head," smart cover choices such as Don Reno's "Country Boy Rock And Roll" and Norman Blake's "Orphan Annie."

The pleasant surprise here is the quality of the originals, which stand up to repeated listening. The title track is a Burritos-flavored country tune, while "Stone Cold Blue" takes things further into the blues. guitarist Gary Hunt also comes up with a rarity, an excellent original bluegrass gospel composition, the jaunty, "Beside The Galilee." (PO Box 221034, St. Louis, MO 63122, E-Mail: tanicatunes@cs.com)