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Whitehouse – 2003 (Pinecastle)

Reviewed by Larry Stephens

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"Supergroup" may become this decade's most overused term when describing new CDs. This isn't to take away anything from the great performers making up Whitehouse, but the upper echelon of great bluegrass performers is crowded with exceptional musicians and just realigning them into new groups doesn't make them "supergroups."

That said, this is yet another gifted alignment of performers. David Parmley and Larry Stephenson lend their vocal talents with Missy Raines providing the bass foundation (and an outstanding break on "Who Done It"). Charlie Cushing and Jason Carter round out the group. Their song selection showcases their talents well. They vary from a driving "Cotton Eyed Joe" to a reflective "Mother Is Gone" from the pen of the late Randall Hylton. An interesting addition is "Drifting and Dreaming of You" in tribute to Jim McReynolds.

Whether it's the red-hot sound of Carter Stanley's "Going To The Races" or the sentimental "Searching For Yesterday," this quintet does a super job of performing. They leave no doubt they belong to that crowded field of great bluegrass performers.