New Bluegrass: Bryan Sutton — ‘The More I Learn’

Bryan Sutton — The More I Learn

Label: Sugar Hill Records

Note: If this review is brief, it is because I spent most of what time I should have been writing in a state of listening bliss.

One of the top acoustic guitarists around, Bryan Sutton’s new album, The More I Learn, is now available. On the thirteen tracks (nine breathtaking originals and four superb covers) Sutton displays once again why his reputation is so solid. His superb picking is now even more matched by his trustworthy vocals. The composer, vocalist, and instrumentalist are of one musical point of view and the Southern-souled, mountain-minded songs benefit from the synthesis.

It is an album that reflects a wide range of influences from American roots, country and bluegrass music. Sutton distills them into something familiar and original. The guitar virtuoso accentuates the simplicity in a tune, finding the truth in an old-timey, uncluttered style. It is refreshing and powerful.  The More I Learn features several fantastic pickers Noam Pikelny, Casey Campbell, Mike Barnett, and Chris Eldridge. Mention should also be made of bassist Sam Grisman, who supports Sutton’s fretwork throughout with his own sensitive musical foundation.

Essential Downloads: “Arkansas Traveler,” “The Secesh,” “The More I Learn,” “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go.”

To preview or purchase this album on Amazon, click here.


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