Good morning, country fans... Okay - so it's early after noon. I've been cleaning the house while I listened to the newest release by The Dillards.
Yes THOSE Dillards.
You may remember them as The Darlings on Andy Griffith. I have to admit I am partial to these folks. See, they are originally right up the road from me about fifteen miles, in Salem Missouri.
I couldn't continue with this review without paying a momentary tribute to Mitch Jayne.
I was thrilled when we moved down here but became irritated with myself when I failed to take time to meet the late Mitch Jayne (remember the upright base player). He was also a talented newspaper columnist. Sadly, he passed away in August of 2010. (obituary)
A few months ago, Bob and I watched The Dillards on a PBS program. These folks really put on a production. The presentation isn't just about the music. When you have the chance to see them, go! You will be entertained.
Imagine my surprise when I opened an envelope from Kyle at Pinecastle Records. While I've not covered a lot of Kyle's clients in a couple of years, he always keeps me on his review list. I'm really glad he does! This is the Dillards' first album since 1991.
OLD ROAD NEW AGAIN is a perfect compilation of classics with a heavy shot of Bluegrass as well as new tunes, including one written long ago by Rodney Dillard and Mitch Jayne (Take Me Along for the Ride) and a couple Rodney co-wrote with his wife Beverly. Beverly also provides lead vocals and clawhammer banjo.