It has been six and a half years since their last release and this is also the last project that the talented bassist and songwriter Bill Bryson worked on prior to his passing in 2017. The Brombies are George Doering (mandolin), Jo Ellen Doering (vocals), Patrick Sauber (banjo), Bill Bryson (bass), John Plotnik (guitar), and newest member Keith Rosier (bass). The Doerings co-wrote all of selections, with the exception of Bryson’s “In Small Things Remembered.”

While specifically not a tribute project to Bryson, the liner notes certainly make mention of the band’s friendship with him and reflect on his contributions to their music. The band’s sound is traditional bluegrass and the songs reflect typical themes of home, love, lost love, hurt, devotion, and faith. Songs include “Finally,” “Before My Time,” “The Horse You Rode In On,” “The Gangplank Of Love,” and “How Hard Can It Be?” There is the blazing instrumental “Birdy’s Breakdown,” and a really nice song of dedication, “Tale Of Two Brothers,” with violin from Susan, Michael, and Mark Doering. Bryson delivers a nice vocal lead on his “In Small Things Remembered,” written for his wife Annie. Sauber’s banjo and George Doering’s mandolin are featured throughout, with Gabe Witcher providing fiddle on most cuts, backed by Plotnik’s solid rhythm guitar. This project is very good. The arrangements and harmonies are excellent. Fans of this West Coast ensemble should enjoy this new release. (

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