• "Catchy melodies, close harmonies and some first-rate picking...Each song is skillfully rendered, expertly produced and, individually, easy on the ears." – David Morris, www.BluegrassToday.com
• "Their eclectic, well-arranged music is really anything but “too blue” because they convey many moods, and abundant amounts of soul and emotion...I’d highly recommend you get on-board their train to check out their tasty swing-grass music." – Joe Ross, California Bluegrass Assoc., http://www.cbaontheweb.org/reviews_read2.asp?messageid=1463
• “To quote Bill Monroe, “This is powerful music!” With Too Blue, the total is much more than the sum of the parts, and the parts are mighty fine: swing-grass, 12 tracks with 9 original tunes, hot pickin’ & sweet singin’. Nice work, guys and gals.” — Barry Mitterhoff (Mandolinist, Jorma Kaukonen)
• “Too Blue does it all – bluegrass, swing, originals, country covers, and more, and they do it with instrumental virtuosity, excellent singing, and great good humor. Too Blue is Too Good!”— Chris Teskey (Senior Music Producer, WAMU-FM)
• "I especially like Joan and Betsy singing together and the selection of material – kudos! The swing selections are really cool – it sounds fantastic. "Trouble With the Grey" is a mighty fine song and offers a good overview of the Too Blue band sound. Good job! — Greg Cahill ( IBMA President & Special Achievement Award recipient; bandleader, "Special Consensus")
LINER NOTES by Eric Gibson, The Gibson Brothers (IBMA 2011 Award Winners, Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year):
" The Gibson Brothers have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Too Blue several times over the past few years, and I’m happy to say that the group’s latest effort, "Trouble with the Grey", contains the same quality a Too Blue live performance delivers: smooth harmonies, adventurous musicianship, and eclectic material.
Too Blue – Joan Harrison, Betsy Rome, Michael Sassano, and Jamie Doris – have been together for the better part of a decade, making the band’s sophomore release an eagerly awaited one. Harrison and Rome harmonize like sweet-singing sisters, in display particularly on standout track “Home” and Harrison’s “Yesterday’s Eyes.” Both are believable writers, and the duo contributes seven originals between them. The ‘grey’ in my own hair helps me relate to Harrison’s couplet in “Yesterday’s Eyes.”: I still remember how it used to be/ Guess that memory’s what I choose to see.
Ah, music for grown-ups. A little bit of living helps one write in that fashion. No relationship is all cake and ice cream, and Harrison tackles this truth head-on in “All Right If You Say I’m Wrong,” replete with Beatlesque harmonies.
Too Blue’s instrumental chops are in full display on "Trouble with the Grey" on several instrumentals. Mandolinist Michael Sassano contributes the aptly-named “Twister,” a song I can imagine hearing other mandolinists mimic around campfires at festivals for years to come. Betsy Rome’s “Turnpike Reel” shows off her strong flatpicking skills with Harrison’s Trischka-inspired banjo and Sassano’s twisty-turny mandolin grabbing attention as well. Jamie Doris contributes solid bass throughout the recording and plays like one cool cat on “How Long Must I Wait for You,” one of several swinging numbers on the project. Rob Hecht’s five-string fiddle is inspired and fiery throughout the proceedings.
I can imagine "Trouble with the Grey" will open many doors for Too Blue. In fact, I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t. The veteran band has a lot to say, with its voices and its instruments. Enjoy!" – Eric Gibson