Lost and Found's newest CD is a delight for those who love traditional bluegrass. The arrangements are sparse - mandolin, banjo, bass and guitar - and generally unadorned. The mandolin and banjo take the breaks; harmonies are short and tight, and the bass and guitar keep it simple. In short, as far from progressive bluegrass as you can get.
The song selections mirror the arrangements. They go to the roots of the genre with "Down the Road" and "Wreck of the Old 97." They also illustrate that the line between classic country and bluegrass is a thin one by including a couple of big country hits, "Window Up Above" and "Fourteen Carat Mind." As much as the originals were country the arrangements here fit the mood of the recording well. The selection of composers includes Red Allen, John Lair and Ray Pennington - a broad selection.
What is missing is the inclusion of a gospel number or an instrumental. The music also has a laid back feel. There are no hard driving numbers that leave you tingling when they end, but that's okay. What you do have is great bluegrass that will have you grabbing an instrument and singing along.