Mark Whitt makes no bones about his love for playing and promoting traditional bluegrass music. One need to look no further for the evidence of this Kentuckian’s desire to preserve the old time sound than his third album, Tennessee Moon.
Whitt went into the vault to cover tunes from Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe and Carter Stanley, but not necessarily the ones that have been done over and over. His take on Johnny Bond’s classic “I Wonder Where You are Tonight,” is nicely done on a song that has been recorded by many legends over the years. “Rank Stranger” and “Walk Softly on this Heart of Mine” are among the other highlights.
Whitt features two of his own songs on the album, the title track and “Country Girl,” one of his best efforts. It’s the first album since 2016 for Whitt and with help from Clay Hess (guitar/mandolin/banjo/tenor vocals) and Tim Crouch (fiddle, mandolin) it’s a work traditional fans will love.
Since the album’s creation, Whitt has added a backing crew called the True Bluegrass Band, so expect more in the future, hopefully without a six year wait.