Jeff Autry - Foothills
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Foothills (Pinecastle, 1999)

Jeff Autry

Reviewed by Jonathan Colcord

Jeff Autry is known primarily for the session work he has done for the last four Pinecastle Bluegrass 90's annual instrumental releases. His first solo recording is a collage of musical styles, not just bluegrass. Overall, this album leans to the jazz-grass side and will appeal to the fans of Tony Rice, David Grisman or the New Grass Revival.

IIIrd Tyme Out's Russell Moore lends his trademark vocal harmonies to Tom Paxton's "Leaving London" and Jerry Reed's "Thing Called Love." For bluegrass fans, check out Porter Wagoner's "Julie," or Pete Goble's "Please Search Your Heart." There are even a couple numbers reminiscent of Stephane Grappelli's jazz violin style with "Avalon" and "Over The Rainbow" with ex-Ranch Romance fiddler Barbara Lamb.

As much about the songs as the musical styles, the instrumentation is smooth and often understated, allowing lyrical content shine through. On other tracks, Autry's hand-picked group of guests shine on the seven instrumental tracks which are in the majority here. A good first shot.

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