The South Carolina Broadcasters | Can You Hear Me Now

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Can You Hear Me Now

by The South Carolina Broadcasters

“.... that unique sound of old-time, yet it sounds fresh.” --Tim Frye WPAQ 740AM, Mount Airy, NC
Genre: Folk: String Band
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1. Pretty Little Raindrops
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2. Can You Hear Me Now
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3. Roustabout
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4. Take Away This Lonesome Day
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5. Can't Feel At Home in This World Anymore
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6. Fall On My Knees
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7. River of Jordan
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8. When You're Not Looking
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9. Train 45
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10. Home to Stay
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11. When God Dips His Love in My Heart
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12. Mobile Boogie
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Album Notes
One of the true curses of trying to make a go of it as a musician these days is that you are
constantly being asked “what kind of music do you play?” Sadly, the music business often
seems obsessed with the need to pigeonhole musicians into neat categories. The Broadcasters
resist these generic distinctions. “Sometimes I say that we’re an old time band that sings a lot,
but that doesn’t really quite catch it,” David says, “I guess we don’t approach this like ‘let’s sing
this song this way, and that one that way.’ We just sound like we sound like.” And what they
sound like is an arresting trio of fine musicians, playing the music they love the only way they
know how, resulting in a sound that melds a seasoned artistry with playful exuberance. David,
Ivy and Grace’s voices together create a sound that is at once hauntingly ancient yet refreshingly
new. There is a sense of immediacy to the Broadcaster’s sound, which can bring old chestnuts
to new life, while providing new originals with the patina and soul of the well-worn hills that
inspire them. Theirs is a sound that stopped me in my tracks when I first heard them at the Galax
Fiddlers Convention. I’m happy to report that this finely produced recording captures that sound
and spirit, and in it you get the South Carolina Broadcasters “sounding like they sound like,”
much like,” and for that we can all rejoice.

Jon Lohman, Virginia State Folklorist


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Dan Peck

The Beauty of Harmony
The calling card of country music is the harmony of the voices in song and instruments in the dance music. As the fiddle and banjo interweave, so do the voices of the South Carolina Broadcasters.

In an era when "old-time" music is largely presented as fiddle tunes with incidental lyrics, the Broadcasters have reinvigorated the role of the song. Mining the classic repertoire for gems like Flatt & Scrugg's "Roustabout", Hank Williams breathtaking "When God Dips His Love in my Heart" and Johnny William's (modern) title song, they bring a wonderful lift to their performance with tight harmonies and heartfelt singing.

Not that they can't pick. Train 45 is classic mountain music, sawmill fiddle over a swooping clawhammer banjo beat built on a solid guitar foundation. This instrumental command is clear throughout the album. All the songs are done with a mind to the originals, but always in their own style.

If you love the sound of the human voice, you will listen to Can You Hear Me Now over and over and enjoy every minute.

J. Johnson

Charleston Scene Album Review
from Charleston Scene by Devin Grant

"After attending last weekend’s successful first edition of the Charleston Bluegrass Festival, I have to say that the number of great Americana and bluegrass groups around the region is truly impressive.

One of the more memorable acts that played Friday night, The South Carolina Broadcasters, just released a new CD, “Can You Hear Me Now,” which does a great job of capturing the old-timey sound of the act’s live show. The trio has a sound that would have been right at home in the film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

The music on “Can You Hear Me Now” features plenty of fiddle, banjo and guitar goodness, but it is the group’s vocals that really make the listener sit up and take notice.

The harmonizing by Ivy Sheppard and Grace Kennedy on tracks such as “Can’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore” and “Fall on My Knees” is exquisitely antique, and sounds like it should be playing from an old 78 rpm phonograph record instead of a CD. Add the vocals of David Sheppard on songs such as “Home to Stay” and the title track, and it is easy to hear why this trio has won awards for its music.

If good old-fashioned down-home music is what you seek, The South Carolina Broadcasters deliver a bushel full."