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Audie Blaylock

Audie Blaylock & Redline – 2009 (Rural Rhythm)

Reviewed by Tim FitzPatrick

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After years as sideman with folks such as Jimmy Martin and Rhonda Vincent, Audie Blaylock fronts his own band, Redline.

With it's crackling banjo and brisk tempo Whispering Waters starts off and sets the tone for the rest of the album, the band's second. It is a crisp performance straight from the center of the bluegrass tradition. Send Me Your Address From Heaven is another of several high points for the same reasons.

While most of the album's appeal comes from the band's drive, Redline's harmonies are also a strength. These are showcased in the a cappella Who'll Sing for Me?

Blaylock handles the lead singing with a fine voice, but there are moments when his delivery seems a bit too effortless. Bluegrass has been music with rough edges, and there are moments, as in the gospel influenced GoodbyeWhile they aren't breaking new ground, Audie Blaylock and Redline provide solid, neo-traditional bluegrass.