Volume Five — Drifter
Label: Mountain Fever Records
Bluegrass music is in fine hands these days. It’s almost an embarrassment of riches, compared to most other genres of music. So, just when you think you’ve already got your favorite bluegrass groups, along comes a new album from Volume Five. The collection of twelve impeccable songs, titled Drifter, will force you to add another to the list of bluegrass bands you are determined to hear play live as soon as possible.
With this release, Volume Five continues to rise in the competitive/supportive world of bluegrass. They received two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) nominations in 2014—Emerging Artist and Gospel Recorded Performance (for the album The Day We Learn To Fly) and in 2015 they received another nomination for IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year and a GMA Dove Award nomination for Bluegrass Song of the Year for “Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man” with special guest Rhonda Vincent. Their latest album raises the bar on their already impressive reputation…
The lead vocals of Glen Harrel infuse the album with a tone of earnest loneliness that instantly captivates. He takes what he is singing seriously, not in an overly dramatic way, but in a respectfully honest way. Because of that, the musical accompaniment that surrounds and often lifts his voice, becomes an extension of it. Volume Five is clearly five musicians playing (and feeling) as one.
Volume Five is: Glen Harrel (Fiddle & Lead Vocals), Harry Clark (Mandolin), Patton Wages (Banjo), Chris Williamson (Bass) and Colby Laney (Guitar).
Essential Downloads: “I Am A Drifter,” “Because of You,” “Alaskan Gold.”
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Thank you so much for the wonderful review! So happy you enjoyed the album!
Just when I though this group could not produce better music than what they have already done, they continue to impress the music world with their tight harmonies and phenomenal musicianship. Every album is a treasure in its own genre and beyond. Undoubtedly the best kept secret in the world on bluegrass.