DRY BRANCH FIRE SQUAD
Dry Branch Fire Squad has been around so long, they need little in the way of introduction. Fans who have been waiting for the next release will surely be happy with Tearin’ Outta The Wilderness, and newcomers will find plenty to like as well. The band delivers plenty on this 15-song effort, offering tight harmonies, an instrumental, some humor, some old-time, and a classic or two.
“Walk The Streets Of Glory” showcases the band’s ability to go out without accompaniment, and they close the project out with the same song done “raw,” according to the much-appreciated, fine liner notes. The title-cut is a brisk instrumental, but one of the jewels has to be “When Malindy Sings,” a nice old-time jaunt. Their take on “Rock, Salt, And Nails” is a winner, as is Charlie Daniels’ “Old Slewfoot.”
Dry Branch Fire Squad is composed of Tom Boyd(banjo/resonator guitar), Jeff Byrd (bass), Adam McIntosh (guitar), and Ron Thomason (mandolin/clawhammer banjo/hambone). Heidi Clare takes a turn on fiddle as a guest musician. (Dry Branch Fire Squad, P.O. Box 404,Cotopaxi, CO 81223, www.drybranchfiresquad.com.)MKB