Volume Five is based in Mississippi and since 2008 has become quite a popular band with a unique approach to bluegrass music. The group on this new project consists of Patton Wages (banjo), Aaron Ramsey (mandolin, octave mandolin, bass), Jeff Partin (bass, resonator guitar), Jacob Burleson (guitar), and Glen Harrell (fiddle). Collectively the band has garnered a number of award nominations as well as having their songs placed high on the charts. Harrell takes all the lead vocals backed by the others on harmony.
The songs on this project come from a variety of sources such as Tim Stafford, Tim O’Brien, John Hartford, “Brink” Brinkman, Craig Market, Terry Herd, and a couple from Harrell and Partin. Selections include the latest single “When Karma Comes Calling,” hence the title of the project. Other tunes include “It’s Gonna Get Better,” “Walk Beside Me,” “No End Of Love,” “You Take Me As I Am,” “My Life,” and the Gospel “The Bible.” There is also one titled “Losing My Religion,” not to be confused with R.E.M’s song.
This is a very good group of musicians who stick to the traditional instrumentation while augmenting the songs with contemporary approaches and arrangements. Harrell’s leading singing and the band’s playing is solid. This is another really good release from Volume Five.