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New Vintage

Changing Times – 1999 (Pinecastle)

Reviewed by Jonathan Colcord

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Take the best aspects of both Blue Highway and the Lonesome River Band and the result is New Vintage. Down to only two original members with Russell Johnson and Earl Lewellyn, the group has taken on board Jody King playing great banjo on tracks such as "Honey Do," Kim Gardner, whose stellar dobro is highly reminiscent of Blue Highway's Rob Ickes such as with "Long Lost Love," and bassist James Doncsecz.

Produced by the Lonesome River Band's Sammy Shelor, the arrangements take on a feel some traditionalists might call "slick," but this is a highly talented group of musicians who should be a definite force to be reckoned with with this new lineup.

Dale Ann Bradley is the only guest artist providing great vocals on the duet "You Put The Fun Back." With many songs penned by Johnson and one by Gardner, the group does justice to the works of Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe, and even Randy Travis. New Vintage is a group reborn and on the rise again.