Blue Lonesome Wind – 2001 (Rebel)

Reviewed by Mark "Brink" Brinkman

CDs by Auldridge-Bennett-Gaudreau

One part that stands out on the second release from bluegrass veterans Mike Auldridge, Richard Bennett and Jimmy Gaudreau is the quality of the songs. While there are originals by Bennett ("Satisfied To Stay") and by Jimmy Gaudreau ("Rigel Stomp" and "New Home Sweet Home"). they rely heavily on proven tunesmiths. Songwriter extraordinaire Liz Meyer contributes the title cut along with "It Won't Be Long."

The musicianship is what you would expect from this trio, truly top notch. Kip Martin adds on bass. They also cover a lot of ground with ballads such as Rodney Crowell's "Home Sweet Home Revisted" to swing to drivin' bluegrass.

There is a little for everyone within the 14 cuts. The bluegrass purist, however, may have a slight problem with the absence of banjo throughout. Banjo or not, this is just plain mighty fine music.