Life’s Been Good
Based in the New York area, the band is led by Ed Krizni (guitar), and is joined on this project by Ron Trotta (banjo), Bill Turner (resonator guitar), Travis Wetzel (fiddle, mandolin), Alice Harmon (dulcimer), Larry Greybill (bass), Joe Fili (fiddle), and Justin Sitler (banjo, guitar).
This release is a 2-CD 40-song collection of mainly familiar bluegrass and older standards, but also includes a number of original compositions from Krizni. While too many to list here, the selections include tunes like “I’ll Go Steppin’ Too,” “How Mountain Girls Can Love,” “Katy Daley,” “Panhandle Rag,” “Armadillo Breakdown,” “Blue Ridge Mountain Home,” “Bringing In the Georgia Mail,” “Darling Nellie Across The Sea,” “Your Love Is Like A Flower,” and the whole project closes with “What A Wonderful World” made famous by Louis Armstrong.
Krizni’s compositions include the title cut “Life’s Been Good” as well as “The Grassland,” “Where The Grasslands Meet,” “I’ll Find The Way,” “Another Bluegrass Smile,” and “Shew Fly Shew.” The band is quite good with featured breaks from the members and vocals primarily by Krizni with other helping on the harmonies. It seems to Grassland that life really has been good.