Blue Moon Rising

On the Rise

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While many forms of music change with the times, a number of bluegrass performers give the impression that history is moving at a much slower pace. One might refer to it as "Appalachian time." Blue Moon Rising never sound as high and lonesome as Bill Monroe or as neighborly as Flatt & Scruggs, but they do draw from these roots on their new recording, On the Rise. The band -- mandolinist Keith Garrett, banjoist Justin Jenkins, guitarist Randy Massingill, bassist Tim Tipton, and guitarist Chris West -- specializes in traditional-based songs and jazzy flatpicking. Garrett and West share vocal duties, one holding forth with a more radio-friendly country sound, the other a rustic backwoods drawl. Blue Moon Rising also offer a backward glance to yesteryear by performing songs about the old home place, unethical spouses, and old-time preacher men. Within the confines of On the Rise's world, men still earn their daily bread by driving trucks and the lessons that maw and paw taught should be passed down to the next generation. The band also leaves room for songs about Christian life, Martin guitars, and proudly serving one's country. For devotees of Blue Moon Rising's previous recordings, and for those who prefer bluegrass that inclines toward days gone by, On the Rise should prove a satisfying listening experience.

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