Custom Made Bluegrass. The name says it all. Down through the years, band names tend to reflect the personality of the group, the members and the material.That’s something I’ve always liked about our music. When you listen to this record entitled, “Big Barn Road” (sorry, I still say “record”), you hear everything in that name.
“CUSTOM” The songs you are enjoying right now are custom. They were written from the heart by the members of this group. Don’t look for any cover songs here…There are none. What you can look for and find in abundance, are songs about life, love, memories and the promise of our eternal home in heaven. Let’s not forget my personal favorite, songs about Kentucky. These words and melodies are the whole process from start to finish.
“MADE” Today’s Bluegrass market is flooded with music, with a great deal of it done by studio musicians backing up aspiring artists. Now, there is nothing wrong with that…. If there were, I’d have to throw out a few of mine! The difference is; this band made ALL of the music, vocals and arraignments behind these original songs. Listen to the different tempos and feel of each tune. The recording quality is excellent and it captures the singing and playing of these guys… clean and clear.
“BLUEGRASS” Before you started listening or even saw a picture; there is no question about what kind of music you are getting here! Mr. Bill said, ‘It’s powerful!” … and I would have to agree. You can hear his formula here with Van’s guitar, Ron’s mandolin, Joe’s fiddle and Jeff’s bass. Let’s not forget Steve (and his banjo), who I am a little partial to. He’s been my dear friend for a lot of years. That was Bill Monroe’s formula in 1946. It was great then and it’s still working today. These guys are playing and singing REAL Bluegrass. The name says it all!
- Dean Osborne