Molasses Creek


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On their forth album, Molasses Creek decided to record in Nashville with a few special guests like Vassar Clements and David Grier. Like their previous album Wildheart, the band has shifted to fuller arrangements here and has written fewer original songs. With banjoist Stan Brown and mandolin player Brent Truitt, Molasses Creek has shaped a sound that is closer to bluegrass. The first several songs, including a charged version of "Glendale Train," re-enforce this bluegrass connection. But Molasses Creek has always been an eclectic group, drawing from folk and traditional music as well. Their acoustic version of "Blue Bayou" is a standout, with David Grier, whose style fits in perfectly with the group's, playing lead guitar. The group's harmony is excellent as always, especially on songs like Kate Wolf's "Give Yourself to Love" and "Morning Sky." Citybound contains several self-penned songs by the band, including "I Still Love Friday," a real keeper from guitarist/vocalist Gary Mitchell. This song captures all the mixed feelings associated with "the boss" and the workweek without falling into cliché. While City Bound is an enjoyable recording, it seems to lack the spontaneity of the Molasses Creek's earlier recordings. Perhaps part of this has to do with recording in Nashville and including a number of guests. Also, while it is interesting to have Vassar Clements play on "Midnight Moonlight," Tweedie's style is a better fit for the band. Certain songs also seem cluttered due to the fuller arrangements, as on Tweedie's "Stand and Deliver." Nitpicking aside, City Bound is a good album, and should please the group's fans.

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