Jim & Jesse
Songs from the Homeplace, Pinecastle Records CD PRC 1082,
Bluegrass brothers from forever
With Songs from the Homeplace, Jim & Jesse
(who have been performing since 1941) serve to keep the bluegrass
tradition of passing songs from generation to generation alive.
"On this CD," they note, "we have recorded some of the
songs that we learned at an early age." By keeping another welcome
tradition alive (that of brotherly harmonies) these two veterans have
given us an inspired, well-sung mountain music treat.
The most featured songwriter on this collection is A. P. Carter,
who gave the Carter Family so many memorable songs to sing. If
everybody else making music today grew up singing such classics as
"Keep on the Sunny Side of Life," maybe there wouldnt
be so much utter crap to sort through at the record store. (If the
Carter family invented country music, as the legend goes, Ill bet
theyd cover their ears in shame if they ever had a chance to see
just whats become of country music today. But thats another
subject altogether). A song such as "Dreaming of a Little
Cabin" reveals how this still fine sounding duo cant forget
its roots. And these roots arent only musical, theyre
family-based as well. For them, you just cant separate music from
family. Theyre all a part of the same pie. And its a
delicious one, at that.
This album wont jump out of your speakers at you and scream
the undying value of bluegrass music. What it will do is make you feel
just a little more connected to the circle of American musical history,
which remains unbroken, though tested by time. Dan
Glenn Brooks says... This is indeed a fine album, although I
detect a touch of pop-style "sweetening" applied by the
recording engineer. Maybe Jim & Jesses voices need a little
help at this stage of their illustrious carrer?