Pam Gadd offers bluegrass disc
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 – Pam Gadd, former member of the New Coon Creek Girls, releases the lone album out today, "Benefit of Doubt" on Home Sweet Highway. The disc contains 14 songs with Dolly Parton, Dale Ann Bradley, Marty Raybon and Steve Gulley of Grasstowne helping out. Among the songs are Jimmy Martin's Hold Whatcha Got, with Bradley providing vocals and Gulley.
CD reviews for Pam Gadd
Benefit of Doubt
One-time Wild Rose member Pam Gadd's latest bluegrass effort is a solid mixture of her own compositions, along with 5 covers in the 14 songs. Among the covers is a very good energetic version of Jimmy Martin's Hold Whatcha Got, and a foot tapping take on the classic Tennessee Hound Dog from The Osborne Brothers. Dolly Parton joins Gadd on a cover of Parton's fun Apple Jack.
It is the originals that showcase Gadd's talents. Marty Raybon joins her on a touching After The Fire Is Gone. »»»
The Time Of Our Lives
In the early 1990's, long before the Dixie Chicks made their debut on the country charts, there was Wild Rose, an all-female country band that mixed bluegrass-style instrumentations and harmonies with the more mainstream Nashville sensibilities. They released several major label albums and received a fair amount of radio airplay. Pam Gadd was the lead singer and banjo player for Wild Rose. Fans may also remember her from a stint with the Kentucky-based, New Coon Creek Girls. »»»
The Long Road
Pam Gadd is a Kentucky native who works in two fields often thought to be irreconcilable - the down-home world of bluegrass and the uptown scene of commercial country. On her first solo album, she synthesized both kinds of experiences - as a member the New Coon Creek Girls (bluegrass) and as a member of Wild Rose (country) - into a fresh sound that richly deserves its current Americana chart success.
This is a strong album in every respect; Gadd is a fine, earthy singer with a direct, uncluttered »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Carlile warms hearts with empathetic thoughts
Brandi Carlile, dressed festively with a Santa hat, began her mid-week concert set with Joni Mitchell's "River" and closed with the carol "O Holy Night." In between, she sang about an equal measure of old and new songs. And on this first night of a short acoustic tour, Carlile was both in fine spirits and voice.... »»»
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As it is the Christmas month, Daniels sang a... »»»
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