Part of the truth in the notion that bluegrass travels well is evidenced by the release of Happy Landing by The Original Five, a group of musicians from Sweden. This is the follow up to the band’s 2015 release Across the Deep Blue Sea. Formed in 2010, their debut album and acclaim followed with their 2014 debut Greetings From Möllevången. The band has played across Europe and the U.S. and were invited to the Bluegrass Ramble at the 2015 IBMA World Of Bluegrass in Raleigh, N.C.
This latest release is a clean, eclectic, album with eight original songs and three nice covers: Flatt & Scruggs’ “Fireball,” Merle Haggard’s “Old Man From The Mountain,” and Jim McCall’s “A Rambler And A Rover.” Among the best cuts are “Tomorrow’s Just Another Night Away” and the title “Happy Landing.”
The Original Five features Daniel Olsson on resonator guitar, Johan Malmberg on banjo/vocals, Jonas Svahn on guitar/vocals, Dan Englund on bass/vocals, and Ola Persson on mandolin. The picking and vocals are sharp and clean.(rootsy.bandcamp.com/track/happy-landing)MKB