Friday, June 05, 2009

"Supposed To Be" - Jett's Creek - a Review

Jett's Creek is one of Hope River's newest Bluegrass groups. This has been a year of few releases and also the releases I have heard have been disappointments. This group has a very sparse clean sound. Their strength is a a great selection of songs from many good writers. "Supposed To Be" is written by singer Angie Young. The CD was produced by Angie Young and Adam McIntosh. The sound is very clean with a traditional, pop newgrass sound mixed with some beautiful gospel, bluegrass tunes. It is a very good recording, though it has the feel of a demo, not used to hearing such a sparse recording.
Jett's Creek is Angie Young - (lead vocals) , Adam Mcintosh - (banjo,bass, lead guitar, mandolin,lead and harmony vocals.) Jon McIntosh (guitar and lead and harmony vocals.) Pearl Bradley(guy) mandolin. plus on this disc, guest musicians : Evan Mcgregor(fiddle), Tim Kidd (bass on "When God Dips his pen of love in My Heart", "Supposed to Be" and "I'll Be Back".)
This group is a family band, each member is married and their family is a big part of their lives. A big strength also of the group is their excellent ability to harmonize with each other. On some of their songs ,you can close your eyes and hear old fashioned harmonies from years ago. I, personally, really appreciate the lead guitar work of Adam McIntosh, almost every song has a very melodic guitar solo in the mix, He reminds me a bit of Ron Block of Union Station. He plays some excellent banjo too. The fiddle of Evan Mcgregor really adds alot to the CD.
My personal favorite is the last song on the disc "I'll Be Back" (Ronnie and Buddy Cannon) This was on Melanie Cannon's last CD which I really loved. A slow bluegrass ballad that is charged with emotion. "A Song For Life" (Rodney Crowell) is a slow beauty. It has some real nice Mandolin and harmonies. Opener "Highway 40 Blues" (Larry Cordle) is a great up beat opener.
Lead singer Angie Young has a real Sweet country, bluegrass voice. Her harmonies are also sweet. These musicians really play as one, like they have played together for a long time. Give them a listen, the official CD release party is at the end of this month in Franklin Ohio.

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