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Trouble With the Grey

by Too Blue

Bluegrass & swing acoustic quartet – hot instrumentals, tight vocal harmonies & clever originals. Covers from Patsy Cline, Joe Jackson, Karla Bonoff. Listen if you like Claire Lynch Band, Infamous Stringdusters, Patsy Cline, Bill Monroe, Django Reinhardt.
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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1. Face The Music
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2. Yesterday's Eyes
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3. Twister
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4. Home
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5. Trouble With The Grey
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6. Turnpike Reel
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7. I Fall To Pieces
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8. Stepping Stone
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9. Grace's Fancy / Murphy's Rag
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10. All Right If You Say I'm Wrong
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11. How Long Must I Wait For You
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12. Mice In The Camper
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
• "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


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Louis Audette

Real Quality
No surprise in those great reviews- Too Blue deserves every word. The only thing I might have added is something to the effect that TB live is an even better experience- it builds on the polish of the produced album and gives the listener all the edge and presence one could ever want.

Ken B.

A Must Have
There is something here for every music listener. Whether you're into country, bluegrass, swing, jazz; it's here for you.
The vocals are silky smooth with tight harmonies and the musicianship is top notch. The artists have put together a nice selection of songs with varied keys and tempos and yet each song fits seamlessly with the next one. This is a true pleasure to listen to. Buy it.

Gufenov

Quality in the Grey
It isn't easy to push the boundaries of bluegrass while remaining true to the basics, but that's exactly what Too Blue has done with "Touch of the Grey." Sure, there's some great female vocal harmonies reminiscent of the Andrews Sisters, complete with sizzling, swingin' bass lines. There's a "rag" and a "reel" too, that will bring satisfaction to the purveyor of fiddle tunes. There's even a nod to classic country with a superb cover of Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces." But, fans of hard-driving bluegrass will be just as satisfied with traditional numbers that would make Mr. MONroe proud with the excellent musicianship. This one needs to be in your collection.

Joe Ross

Naturalness, depth and expression
Too Blue is a quartet with members from the states of New York and Connecticut. They have plenty of focus in their personalized music inspired by bluegrass, swing, and country. By focus, I mean they have spirit, rhythm, technique, tone, taste, and discipline. They impart a lot of good balanced feeling by virtue of there being two gals and two guys in the band – Joan Harrison (banjo, vocals), Betsy Rome (guitar, vocals), Michael Sassano (mandolin, vocals), and Jamie Doris (bass). Joan and Betsy confidently handle lead vocals, and their relaxed vocalizing together is always smooth on songs like “Face the Music” as they’re “runnin’ away from the blues.” Half of the tracks also feature guest 5-string fiddler Rob Hecht. Their eclectic, well-arranged music is really anything but “too blue” because they convey many moods, and abundant amounts of soul and emotion. Too Blue succeeds by giving living, breathing character to their tunes. With nine originals and three covers (originally released by Karla Bonoff, Patsy Cline, and Joe Jackson), the band will gain even considerably more attention if they continue to play with their characteristic naturalness, depth and expression.

Self-penned instrumentals such as Twister, Turnpike Reel, and Grace’s Fancy/Murphy’s Rag show just how nimble-fingered and proficient these pickers are. The album’s Grismanesque closer, “Mice in the Camper” illustrates clearly how well they collaborate and blend. Usually playing a 1962 Martin D-18 guitar, Betsy Rome even switches to her Gitane DG-255 on that number to give it a distinctly gypsyjazz feeling. The witty title cut, as well as a cover like “How Long Must I Wait For You?” also emphasize that the band is much more than a bluegrass group. Too Blue has been together for over a decade, and this is their second album. One could say that their honeymoon excursion is over, and I’d highly recommend you get on-board their train to check out their tasty swing-grass music. They currently play at many festivals and events in the northeastern U.S., and I hope to see them touring further afield in the near future. (Joe Ross, Australian Bluegrass Blog)