Patent Pending has been a long-running bluegrass band in and around Northern Virginia and West Virginia.
This latest recording is an important milestone in their illustrious music career.
The core group of musicians has been together for several years and is currently Eldred Hill (guitar and vocals), Rusty Williams (guitar and vocals), Leigh Taylor Kron (bass and vocals), Ed Barney (guitar), Buster Sexton (banjo and vocals), and Keith Dill (fiddle and vocals). Also participating in the proceedings are former group members Mike Hartnett and Wayne Lanham (fiddles).
Not A Day Goes By is dedicated to the memory of the group’s longtime banjo picker, Jim Steptoe who passed away shortly after planning for this project got under way. The 12 selections are an entertaining variety of familiar pieces and band originals. Eldred contributes several compositions including the title song, “Every Tear,” and Luther Johnson’s “Still.” Buster contributes the instrumental “Stillhouse Holler Blues.” Also featured are Mike Henderson’s “Do You Ever Dream Of Me” along with “Hard Times In Kentucky,” “John Barleycorn Must Die,” and “Don’t This Road Look Rough And Rocky.” Closing out the CD is a stirring instrumental arrangement of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”
The group’s stunning lead and harmony vocals are on the cutting edge of perfection, and Not A Day Goes By is a musical masterpiece that is guaranteed to leave the listener crying for more. Hopefully there will be other recording projects from Patent Pending in the near future. (Tuscarora Records, 2086 Sulphur Springs Rd., Inwood, WV 25428, www.patentpendingband.com.) LM