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Written by Joe Ross
September 13, 2021 - 1:46am EDT
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From Bowling Green, Ky., mandolinist Jesse Brock has spent more than two decades as a professional musician playing in groups including Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, Lynn Morris Band, Dale Ann Bradley and Coon Creek, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, Brock Family Reunion Band, Gibson Brothers and Mainline Express.  Brock is a two-time winner of IBMA’s Mandolin Player of the Year Award (2009 and 2015), and his 2021 solo album “Streamliner” also features him playing guitar, bass and singing harmony vocals on various tracks. Bill Monroe’s instrumental “Big Mon” is a great showcase for Jesse’s prowess on mandolin. Brock enlisted lead vocalist Greg Blake to bring his sturdy voice to a set of bluegrass songs plentiful on ear-grabbing lyrical savvy. The arrangements of songs like Zeke Clements’ “Nobody Loves Me” and Ben Winship’s “Hey, Spikedriver” indicate that Brock has a foot firmly planted in tradition but is always on the lookout for new material with vivid word pictures and breezy melodies. Songs like “Black Rock City,” “Kiss on a Cold, Cold Stone,” “What My Memory Tells Me,” as well as his own self-penned title track are radio-friendly contemporary fare solidly infused with spirit and drive.  (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)