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Dan Paisley

The Room Over Mine – 2008 (Rounder)

Reviewed by Larry Stephens

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CDs by Dan Paisley

No stranger to bluegrass, Dan Paisley has been on the circuit for many years, first with his father, the well-known Bob Paisley, then taking over as leader of the Southern Grass. In person and on disc, this band shows the polish of years together, including Dan's brother Mike, the Lundy brothers and Don Eldreth Jr. What makes them remarkable in this time of ever-changing band members, is their fathers all played together, too.

You won't find new songs here, but they are all done Paisley style. Dan's voice wrings emotion out of a song, but it is different; you may need to listen a couple of times to fully appreciate him. You can hear the heartbreak in "Room Over Mine" and "Don't Throw Mama's Flowers Away." As they have done in the past, he reaches into country music for "I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name" and "Another Bridge To Burn." If you're a Ray Price fan, the latter takes more than one listen to appreciate, but there's no doubt Paisley will make you a believer of its heartache.

Instrumentals, gospel, pure ballads and hard-drivers - this CD has something for everyone, and Paisley and the Southern Grass definitely make it all pure bluegrass.