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