Album Review of
A Tribute to the Kentucky Colonels

Written by Joe Ross
May 10, 2019 - 5:11pm EDT
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The Kentucky Colonels were a California-based bluegrass band of the 1960s that included Clarence White (guitar), Roland White (mandolin), Billy Ray Lathum (banjo) and Roger Bush (bass). The band was one of the first from the west to obtain prominence in nationwide bluegrass circles. It’s commendable that Roland White and Friends, along with Mountain Home Records, have chosen to introduce younger generations to this traditional material of a seminal bluegrass band. Many great pickers were assembled to assist, and the tracks on the project sound like hot jam sessions, each with a careful balance of virtuosity and expressive musicality. I was a bit surprised that a few standards like “Nine Pound Hammer” and “I Am A Pilgrim” were arranged as instrumentals without vocals. For a standout vocal number, cue up “If You’re Ever Gonna Love Me,” and for a driving instrumental, check out “Clinch Mountain Backstep.”  (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)