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Audie Blaylock

Trains Are The Only Way To Fly – 2002 (Self-released)

Reviewed by George Hauenstein

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CDs by Audie Blaylock

From the opening title cut to the finale, "Pages Of Time," there is no mistaking Audie Blaylock's music as anything but hard driving, traditional-style bluegrass. Blaylock has worked as a guitarman for some of the best in the business, including Jimmy Martin, Lynn Morris and most recently, Rhonda Vincent.

Martin's style and influence are evident throughout. Backed by a core of great players, including Tom Adams (who also spent his early years in Martin's band) on banjo, Jesse Brock on mandolin and Ron Stewart on fiddle, Blaylock romps through a set of tunes that includes a pair of Martin tunes, "Steal Away And Die" and "Voice Of My Saviour," Red Allen's "Don't Wake Me," the country classic, "A Fool Such As I" and Harley Allen's, "Wildwood Flower Blues." In addition to his stellar banjo work, Adams contributes one of the best songs, "Which Way To Turn.' Blaylock gets some vocal back-up from Vincent on many songs, but this is clearly his album. His voice is more than adequate and very well-suited for the material chosen. All in all, this is a fine album from one of bluegrass music's best sidemen. (Email E-Mail: lblaylock@ctlnet.com)