The Kickin Grass Band
Walk With Me”
The group is out of Raleigh, North Carolina, the music is straight a head bluegrass the bounds with endless energy, great arrangement and beautiful vocals. The product was written by Lynda Dawson, who also is their main vocalist, as well as their fiddle player, Pattie Hopkins and the group’s banjo player, Hank Smith. This is bluegrass based for sure, but here is also a dash of folk or Americana that the group exploits with their vocal arrangements.
Most of the tunes are dealing with the human condition and of course love. After reading their PR
it’s no wonder that the group uses the spirit of good times and horrendous losses in life to fill this unique mixture of tunes. They have been traveling some hard roads collectively and individually over the past few years, but the muse of their craft was not lost on these souls, and it is captured wonderfully in the tracks.
The arrangements of vocal harmonies and instruments creates a delicate balance, which illuminates not only their collective souls, but musicianship. These players were understood and in good hands with producer Jerry Brown at the Rubber Room, in Raleigh, though the players also are credited for co-producing. The band is, Jamie Dawson on mandolin, Pattie Hopkins on fiddle, Hank Smith on banjo and Patrick Walsh keeps them all honest on bass. Jerry Brown assists on guitar, Andrew Marlin plays wonderful Hammond B3 on “ The Filling Station” and Ben Walters plays adds guitar on “ Everything And Everyone”.
The production and mix are a huge component of this work. Much care and feeding was given to all the tracks. The vocals are tight and the musicianship is beyond apparent. The deeper I got into the project/listening, it’s easy to hear the wide influence these musicians bring individually and personally to their collective table. This listen is a very pleasant and authentic snap shot of the past and the present within and without . The writers are spot on with their lyrical ability to convey a huge array of emotions found in the best and worst of times.
This is an excellent bluegrass project that captures more than that simplistic label can convey.
[Christopher Brant Anderson]