Blue Highway - Wind To The West
HomeNewsInterviewsCD ReleasesCD ReviewsConcertsArtistsArchive

Wind To The West (Rebel, 1996)

Blue Highway

Reviewed by Jon Weisberger

Blue Highway won 1996's International Bluegrass Music Association Emerging Artist award, and this album, their sophomore effort, shows why; the band has strong instrumental chops, outstanding vocals and a keen ear for material, and this gives ample play to every one of the band's strengths.

Neither hidebound traditionalism nor "newgrass" modernism, the album presents a well-balanced program ranging from a pair of soulful traditional gospel songs to hard luck laments like Aubrey Holt's "Good Time Blues" and Mark Mathewson's "I Let A Good Woman Go," as well as a half-dozen originals by one or more band members.

Country fans will especially enjoy "I Can Stand The Truth," with Shawn Lane's heartbreaking lead singing nicely backed by ensemble work, including tasteful but radio-friendly drums.

At a time when many listeners are looking for something more distinctive than cookie-cutter tunes by sound-alike singers, Blue Highway has a lot more to offer than yet another collection of bluegrass standards. Fans of great singing, outstanding musicianship and songs about real life will find a lot to appreciate.

CDs by Blue Highway

Original Traditional, 2016 The Game, 2014 Sounds of Home, 2011 Some Day: The Fifteenth Anniversary Collection, 2010 Through the Window of a Train, 2008 Lonesome Pine, 2006

©Country Standard Time • Jeffrey B. Remz, editor & publisher •
AboutCopyrightNewsletterOur sister publication Standard Time
Subscribe to Country Music News Country News   Subscribe to Country Music CD Reviews CD Reviews   Follow us on  Twitter    Instagram    Facebook