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Dave Evans

Pretty Green Hills – 2006 (Rebel)

Reviewed by George Hauenstein

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Veteran bluegrasser Dave Evans' newest is a long overdue treat. Evans worked with Larry Sparks, Red Allen, The Boys From Indiana and others before going out on his own in 1978. There is no doubt that he has one of the most soulful voices in the genre, and is one of the finer banjo and guitar players as well.

This album is a nice mix of material, including bluegrass standards, "Head Over Heels," "Our Last Goodbye" and Little Willie," originals like, "Down And Out Again" and "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" and Tom T. Hall tunes "The Year That Clayton Delaney Died" and Pretty Green Hills."

Evans' wonderfully lonesome vocal style is at its best in "Should I Stay...," which features Evans solo on guitar and vocals, and the classic, "East Virginia Blues." Bobby Hicks joins Evans for a stellar fiddle and banjo rendition of "Soldier's Joy."

Evans' singing and picking talents aren't as well known as some other bluegrass artists, especially given his years of performing and recording. This album will ought to widen his circle of fans since it is one of the better bluegrass recordings so far this year.