Walnut Run Music
Marylander Roger Cline began playing guitar in the late ‘60s, eventually turning to bluegrass and acoustic music in the ‘90’s. He began writing songs and also picked up the mandolin. On this debut project, Cline features his songwriting, his singing and playing and is accompanied by a number of his friends and other talented players.
Cline is backed on most cuts by Nick Goad (mandolin), John Boulding (resonator guitar), Billy Hawks (fiddle), and Debbie Durant and Tom Hensler (bass) are on various cuts. Other players include Tom Beers (mandolin), Colleen Craven (guitar), Michael Gaudreau (bodhran, strumstick & bones), Dennis Hertzog (fiddle), Jody King (banjo), Andy McIntyre (bass), and John Scott Walker (banjo). Harmonies on various cuts include Beers, Craven, Durant, and Jeanette Williams, Johnny Williams.
Ten of the thirteen cuts were written or co-written by Cline. Cline is an excellent guitarist throughout, especially on the instrumentals “Easy Street,” “Monarch Evening,” and “The Distant Shore.” Many of the songs have Gospel or spiritual themes including “Why Do You Treat Him Like You Do?,” “The Wind And The Waves,” “Maple Leaves,” and “The Outlaw” with just guitar.
Jeanette Williams sings a beautiful lead on “At The Journey’s End.” Cline’s love songs are “You Fell From The Sky,” “Lover’s Moon,” and “Flat River Girl.” Cline’s very pleasant voice is backed by this collection of well written songs, great arrangements and solid playing.
Walnut Run Music, LLC,
PO Box 113, Landenberg, PA 19350
REVIEWED BY Bill Foster