Album Review of
Time Changes Everything

Written by Joe Ross
June 24, 2019 - 11:04pm EDT
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From the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Nothin’ Fancy has presented quality contemporary bluegrass for 25 years. Their successful formula emphasizes original material, innovative arrangements, clear vision, and solid musicianship. Nothin' Fancy's 15th album, “Time Changes Everything” has a thematic focus with songs that emphasize life’s passage with its uncertainties, revelation, optimism and redemption.  Mandolinist Mike Andes wrote “The Footsteps That I’ve Followed” and “A Soldier’s Love,” and guitarist Caleb Cox penned “Where The Good Lord Only Knows” and “Please Say Anything.”  Andes and Cox handle most of the lead singing. The band also grassifies folk, country and western swing material from the likes of Glen Campbell, Tom Paxton, Tommy Duncan and Bob Dylan.  For me, they took a little too much liberty with changes to the melody of “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright,” but they clearly like to take risks and seem to know what works for them and their fans.  Besides Andes and Cox, the album features Mitchell Davis (banjo), James Cox (bass) and Chris Sexton (fiddle, viola) who sings lead on Daniel Lanois’ “The Maker.”  Saying “the time was right,” longtime member Mitchell Davis stepped down from the band in early 2019, and Jacob Flick has become banjo player with the group. Nothin’ Fancy closes this project with a clear nod to traditional bluegrass with a hard-driving “That Home Far Away.”  I’ve always enjoyed this engaging, entertaining band’s smooth contemporary style of well-executed music. They’ve built a crowd-pleasing signature sound and continue to satisfy the musical appetite of bluegrass fans.  (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)