THE ROE FAMILY SINGERS
ROLL UP THE RUG!
Bonfire Music Group
The Roe Family Singers are Kim Roe on vocals, autoharp, banjolele, washboard, and spoons and Quillan Roe on vocals, banjo, and archtop guitar. There are nine other folks playing a variety of instruments, including musical saw and kazoo (uncredited). There are two original songs by Quillan Roe: “What Did He Say?” and “Don’t Worry About The Rich Man?” Some of their sources include Bill Monroe (“The Rocky Road Blues”), Hank Williams (“Hey, Good Lookin’”), Jimmy Driftwood (“Tennessee Stud”), Dock Boggs (“Country Blues”), and Neil Young (“Daddy Went Walkin’”). They also do “When The Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbing Along,” “My Grandfather’s Clock,” plus traditional songs such as “Sourwood Mountain,” “The Fox,” and “The Ram Of Darby.” The 15 selections give a sense of the wide range of their music.
Both Roes have strong voices and thus the duo has very strong harmony vocals. Their “Rocky Road Blues” has a laid-back tempo, but the vocals have a strong edge. “Sourwood Mountain” is done as a fiddle/clawhammer duet with vocals. “It Takes A Long, Long Train With A Red Caboose” is a rockabilly number, and Kim has the voice for it. These folks sound like they are having a lot of fun, and that should appeal to many listeners. (Bonfire Music, 2514 River Rd., Ste. 105, Piedmont, SC 29673, www.bonfiremusicgroup.com.)SAG