Junior Sisk announces new line-up
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
– The line-up of bluegrass band Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice changed, Sisk announced.
Singer Tim Massey left the band. "He is getting married and is pursuing new endeavors," Sisk said. "I will miss Timmy, but would like to wish him and Patty all the happiness in the world and success in their future together."
Jason "Sweet Tater" Tomlin moved over to the bass with newcomer Chris Davis on mandolin
Sisk and band will release "The Heart of a Song" on Rebel Records in September. "We have a full schedule this year and are looking forward to a stellar year in 2012," Sisk said.
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The Mountains Are Calling Me Home
Junior Sisk & Rambler's Choice has a couple of great things going on on "The Mountains Are Calling Me Home." Foremost, the quality of the songs included; the selection is simply genius. Listeners are almost dared to find a song that is not top notch, catchy or meaningful. It cannot be done; the songs are of the highest quality. Secondly, through the years Sisk has developed a distinguishable voice among his peers. Granted, Sisk is not completely unmistakable like Ralph Stanley or »»»
Poor Boy's Pleasure
Traditional bluegrass doesn't get much more traditional these days than the kind being made by Junior Sisk and Rambler's Choice; his Jimmy Martin and Stanley Brothers inspired style feels at times as if Sisk and his band are channeling the ghosts of those giants of the genre. This collection of classic-sounding new songs follows the 'if it ain't broke' model of continuing to do what the band does best.
Sisk nods directly to Martin on the tribute "Jimmy, J.D. »»»
Trouble Follows Me
There's a direct line from classic country music to the bluegrass traditionalists, and Junior Sisk walks it better than anyone in the business. Call it high lonesome honky-tonk, a distillation of Bill Monroe's attitude into the heart of the legacy left behind by George Jones. Sisk and company are still a bluegrass band in practice as well as sound, with the standard drum-less banjo-fiddle-mando-bass lineup intact, and the pickers in Ramblers Choice are among the best in their respective fields. »»»
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: Lots to like about McKenna (when you could hear her)
Lori McKenna had lots of reasons to be in a good mood. First off, the opening band, a pop act called teenender included two of her sons. In two days, her 11th disc, "The Tree" would be released to glowing reviews.
So it would seem that this homecoming show was the ideal setting with all five kids, her husband, siblings, cousins, people who... »»»
Concert Review: With Sugarland, the wait was worth it
A few songs into Sugarland's show, Kristian Bush referenced the band's five-year gap between tours saying, "A lot of people think Jennifer and I have been on a five-year vacation. Actually, we've been very busy."
Clearly a lot of that time was spent in rehearsal. The duo put on a two-hour high energy gem that started out big... »»»
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