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Adam Steffey - One More For The Road
By: Jim Moulton, CSO Staff Journalist
12/14/09

Adam Steffey is a powerhouse mandolin player who has been around for quite awhile, playing lots of sessions and currently in Dan Tyminski's band. Steffey was also in Alison Krauss's Union Station for a number of years. In fact, this CD is as close as you will get to a Krauss-like CD  this year, as the rest of her band, Union Station, except for Jerry Douglas are on this CD.

One More For The Road is a very well done and thought out album with the solid sound of a modern bluegrass CD. Produced by Gary Paczosa, my favorite acoustic music recording engineer, who is also doing A and R work for Sugar Hill Records. So Sugar Hill Records is releasing this for Steffey. This is Steffey's second solo CD, his first titled Grateful, was released in 2002.

Steffey sings five songs on this disc, plus you will find four instrumentals and 3 guest singers including, Dan Tyminski, Ronnie Bowman and Alison Krauss.

One More For The Road was recorded in producer Gary Paczosa's studio. The band is for the most part consists of Randy Kohrs on dobro, Ron Block on guitar and banjo , Dan Tyminski on guitar and vocals, Barry Bales on bass, Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Bryan Sutton on guitar, Sutton's wife Tina on clawhammer banjo. If you are a bluegrass lover, this will be familiar to you and a delight.

"Deep Rough" is a fast paced instrumental track which opens up the CD, a great bluegrass jam with the best players. This is very melodic and not repetitive.

The title track is a great song by Josh Shilling and Craig Market.

"One More For The Road" is one I really like, a haunting melody with some good harmony and Dobro.

"Warm Kentucky Sunshine" with Alison Krauss singing is a beautiful bluegrass ballad that sounds like the Alison we all know. Makes you wonder, will we ever hear Alison and Union Station together on an album again? There is plenty of great bluegrass around these days, I'm not saying she wouldn't be missed, she would. Krauss has been singing with Union Station for so long, and they are the best bluegrass group, in my opinion, and you can hear that here on this album. What a great mix of talent.

A song that I really due to the groove it creates is Ronnie Bowman singing "Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends" written by Kris Kristofferson. This is as good as any thing I have heard in bluegrass this year. So if you like the AKUS style of bluegrass, you need to get One More For The Road.
 

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