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Dan Tyminski

Wheels – 2008 (Rounder)

Reviewed by Dr. Bobby Jones

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CDs by Dan Tyminski

Dan Tyminski, the "Man of Constant Sorrow," is a master of the mournful. In the eight years since his first solo release, "Carry Me Across the Mountain," Tyminski has toured with Alison Krauss on guitar and vocals and recorded with country artists such as Alan Jackson and Dolly Parton. He also found international recognition in the film "Oh Brother" and the subsequent tour.

This project sticks close to the bluegrass genre, but also reflects a country influence. The topics are mostly heartbreakers- murder ballads, cheating and train songs and also a hot instrumental, "Knock, Knock." The hard driving numbers seem to be an influence from his Lonesome River band days. Others, like "Making Hay," have a softer touch and are more reminiscent of a Blue Highway sound.

Tyminski does all the lead singing, but harmony vocals of Vince Gill and the White sisters, Cheryl and Sharon, are excellent touches. The CD stays with a modern sound, expertly crafted work and highly recommended.