FLATT LONESOME, TOO
Flatt Lonesome’s rise in the bluegrass world has been a steady one. Guided by the knowledgeable hand of music veteran Andrea Roberts, who has been the group’s manager and booking agent, this troupe of talented musicians have stepped up to represent the younger generation when it comes to traditional bluegrass. Flatt Lonesome knocked on the door with an IBMA Emerging Artist Of The Year Award in 2014 and their showcases at IBMA’s World Of Bluegrass in Raleigh were impressive.
Roberts co-produced this new album with Tim Surrett. At the heart of Flatt Lonesome are three siblings including bandleader, mandolinist, and vocalist Kelsi Robertson Harrigill, guitarist and vocalist Buddy Robertson, and sister Charli Robertson on fiddle and lead vocals. Rounding out the group is Kelsi’s husband and banjo picker Paul Harrigill, bassist Dominic Illingworth, and Michael Stockton on resonator guitar. Paul Harrigill is the 2014 MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest winner. On Too, he brings to the table three original songs—the rollicking banjo-driven “I’m Ready Now,” the reflective love song “Make It Through The Day,” and he co-writes the waltz groove of “I Thought You Were Someone I Knew” with wife Kelsi and Jerry Salley. Other songwriters featured on the recording include Randall Hylton, Tim Stafford, Barry Ricks, John Howard, Ernest Tubb, Arbie Gibson, J.D. Souther, family patriarch Dolten Robertson and more.
The highlights include the upbeat cautionary tale “Dangerous Dan,” the Western Swing harmonies of “Never Let Me Go,” the country shuffle of “I Can’t Be Bothered,” and the traditional bluegrass romp “Slowly Getting Out Of Your Way.” (Mountain Home, P.O. Box 829, Arden, NC 28704, www.mountainhomemusiccompany.com.)DH