Nervous Energy seems like the perfect name for a solo project from a banjo player who is staying busy. Andy Lowe, most recently known for his work with the Deer Creek Boys, looks like he has a winner.
The first single off the album is “Mountain,” with the lead singing duties taken by Josh Shilling of Mountain Heart. Lowe also gets help from Amanda Cook on “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” a nice number that combines the styles of both artists.
Lowe’s fine picking kicks on the CD with “On the Lonesome Wind,” and he really hits his stride on the instrumental, “Boatman Stomp,” that requires foot tapping if not outright bouncing from the listener. Traditional fans will also love “Last Old Dollar.”
Lowe is backed by Jeff Partin on bass and resophonic guitar; Aaron Ramsey on mandolin; Jacob Burleson on guitar; and Jim Van Cleve on fiddle.
Adding to the fun of this album is that Lowe notes is usage of a 1930s Gibson TB-11 conversion and a 1935 Gibson Style 1 conversion, tidbits that will be appreciated by banjo aficionados. Nervous Energy is a great listen from top to bottom.