Tricia Ann Eaves may be a new name to some, but she’s been playing mandolin and guitar since the early 1970s when she was a member of New Mexico’s popular Big River Band. She later had her own band, and now felt it was time to bring out a solo project. She’s joined on all tracks by Hunter Berry (fiddle), Jamie Carter (bass), Brandon Green (banjo, resonator guitar), and Dan Boner (guitar, fiddle) who also engineered and produced the album. Adding to that are Aynsley Porchak (fiddle), Adam Steffey (mandolin), and Ben Bateson (clawhammer banjo). Guesting on vocals are Sally Berry and Becky Buller.
Tim Carter, John Cooper, Daniel Houseright, Teresa Owens, and Kelly Smith appear on Louisa Branscomb’s “This Side Of Heaven.” Eaves included two other Branscomb songs, “Forgotten Georgia Town” and “Just My Heart In My Hand.” And with Branscomb, she co-wrote “Free To Burn” and “Rainbow Rider.” Other selections include Iris Dement’s “Let The Mystery Be,” T. Griffith’s “Slip Away,” and two from Michael Hearne—“I Got News For You” and “Red Willow Way.” Eaves offers her own “No Use Crying” and shines on her two instrumentals, the delightful “Ellis Waltz” and “Squirrel Dance” with Adam Steffey. Eaves is a solid mandolinist and has a pleasing vocal style. New Beginningsindeed for Tricia Ann Eaves. (www.triciaeaves.com)BF