here we are at the third CD of this very talented
group already. I loved their first CD very much, to
me their second CD was a bit of a disappointment.
Especially in the sound quality department.
Jere (Dad) was not happy with the
sound quality of the second CD either and talked to
label head Ricky Skaggs about it. Well, I guess the
talk did something because this disc sounds great.
From the talented production of Ben Isaacs to the
HDCD mastering of Andrew Mendelsohn and friends at
This is a well balanced mix of
bluegrass and acoustic country music. The
instruments sound rich and natural. Their self
written songs are very good. Some subtle sound
effects on some of the tracks are really neat, nice
and tastefully used.
The whole mood of the disc is a
bit on the dark side, the photography is really
interesting. In the booklet with the lyrics, the
centerfold is the 3 male Cherryholmes sitting on
biker choppers with the women standing beside them
in jeans and not how you would think this original
family oriented group would look. The lightning
bolts are back from the second CD, maybe they will
be gone next time. The inside of the disc behind
where the CD sits (jewel Case) is dark and moody, on
the back of the jewel case it is like fireworks and
Very interesting upbeat cover of
(Parsons, Hillman) "Devil in Disguise". The CD has
two short instrumentals and the first one "Sumatra,"
has an Allman brothers like theme going on in the
background. The second is "Mansker Spreel O
Coughlins Reel," this let's their twin fiddles play
some. The main instrumentalists of the group are
Cia's banjo, Sandy's mandolin and Skip on guitar.
But Skip is mainly the rhythm player and leader of
the group, I have heard. I would like to see Skip
playing lead guitar in the future. They should at
least have someone like Bryan Sutton playing some
bluegrass leads during the CD. (hint, hint) They do
use Rob Ickes to play dobro a lot on this disc.
Just noticed something
interesting, the title track, "Don't Believe," does
not have Mom (Sandy) on it. I think that possibly
she did not write the lyrics, so BJ puts his fiddle
down and joins them on mandolin for this song and
also the first instrumental.
"This is My Son" - Beautiful
bluegrass ballad about a mom sending son off to war.
It compares this to God's only son and what he does
for us. Cia sings this one very much from the heart.
Background vocals are not getting their Kudos here.
I could have misread Cia's distress, but someone
ain't happy for this.
I have really enjoyed this CD. I
love bluegrass and this has more of a bluegrass
twist than anything else. This group has grown since
their first disc. Sidebar, I hate Discs and CDs, ok,
had to get that out of my system. I am an analog man
the third. I record CDs I like on good Cassettes and
Frisbee the sterile sounding DISCS. Was that a
little too hard to get, I will say it again, Digital
music stinks and is ruining the music business.
There, (sorry Jere, had to say it).
This is a creative album,
musically even down to the artwork on the LP. That
stands for long playing record. Vinyl. It's been a
while since I sat and reviewed a CD on the first few
listens because I like it so much, then typed it the
same day. Not that I haven't been enjoying the music
I review, cause I only review what I like. Well, it
is getting early, like almost 4 in the morning.
Coming soon, new music by Mindy
Smith and also The GreenCards. God Bless You till