Vintage Acoustic Music
This year saw the fiftieth anniversary that Bill and Maggie Anderson have been married and playing together as a duo. Bill plays guitar and bass while Maggie is quite skilled on resonator guitar. Their years of playing have been highlighted by appearances on PBS and many festivals and events in the Southeast, including Western North Carolina, Southwestern Virginia, and more. This latest project contains five songs from songwriter friend Mark Brinkman and others from Buck Owens, Hazel Dickens, the Louvin Brothers, Gillian Welch, Gram Parsons, Gordon Lightfoot, and Josh Graves. They are joined on the project by Jody King on banjo who also produced and engineered the sessions.
Brinkman’s songs include the title-cut, as well as “Mama Loved The Redbirds,” “It Don’t Take Much,” “Younger Side Of Old,” and “From The Third Day On.” Lightfoot’s “You Are What I Am” was from their meeting through folk music. Other selections include Owens’ “Just As Long As You Love Me,” Dickens’ “My Heart’s Own Love,” Gram Parsons’ “Hickory Wind,” and Welch’s “Red Clay Halo” which the Andersons reprise on this release. They perform in an easy-listening style accompanied by King’s tasteful banjo. Maggie’s resonator guitar style is featured in her version of Josh Graves’ “Evelina.” While time may have worn some of the edges off, Bill and Maggie Anderson still can make the listener sit back and simply enjoy pleasant songs presented in a delightful manner. (Vintage Acoustic, 2715 Millstone Rd., Woodlawn, VA 24381, www.vintageacoustic.cc.)BF