Terry Baucom has been playing bluegrass for a long time. He was a fiddler with the late Charlie Moore about thirty-plus years ago. He played banjo with Ricky Skaggs in Boone Creek and then proceeded to play in a long list of bands throughout the 1980s. He is found here burning it down on the five-string and singing with past collaborators.
This release is about the singer as well as the banjo picker. We hear Baucom in trios with Jamie Dailey and Lou Reid on “Do You Wrong Kind Of Girl” and then on “Nothing Like The Scorn Of A Lover” with Russell Moore and Buddy Melton. Terry joins his wife, Cindy Baucom, and Paul Williams for a nice reading of “Stepping Stones.” We get to hear the original Quicksilver Quartet, Doyle Lawson, Jimmy Haley, Lou Reid, and Terry Baucom sing “My Eyes Shall Be On Canaan’s Land.” While you might expect a lot of instrumentals, there is just one, the title cut. We get lots of great singing from a long list of some of the best contemporary vocalists working today including the Gibson Brothers, Ronnie Bowman, Chris Stapleton, John Cowan, Adam Steffey, and all of the others previously mentioned above.
Baucom has surrounded himself with past bandmates to create a fresh new sound that is rich, highly listenable, and forward looking. If you have followed him in the past, don’t miss this recording. The material is strong and the performances are all top notch. This is very good contemporary bluegrass. (John Boy and Billy Inc., P.O. Box 876, Burlington, NC 27216, www.terrybaucom.com.) RCB