Audie Blaylock's second CD from Rural Rhythm Records
titled Cryin' Heart Blues, is a very warm
sounding affair. Blaylock sings a lot of bluegrass
ballads with three and four part harmonies. His four
member band sounds very sweet and the banjo's and
vocals are so warm.
Blaylock produces this with help of recording
engineer Scott Vestal. Vestal recorded the band at
Digital Underground in Greenbriar, TN. Mastering was
done by Benny Quinn Mastering, in Franklin , TN.
The songs were written by a wide variety of well
known and some not so well known, but talented song
writers. Blaylock is a talented acoustic guitar
player and plays all guitar, both lead and rhythm on
this album. There is a live feel to the disc, as it
is not a bunch of layers of guitars. Sounds like
there was minimal overdubbing done.
Evan Ward plays banjo and helps out with vocals. He
is an excellent player that has a very fluid style
with some neat bends once in awhile.
Patrick McAvinue plays fiddle, mandolin and also
helps out with vocals. Finally, we have Matt Wallace
on Bass and vocals. This guy is an excellent
acoustic bass player.
This disc showcases different parts of Haynie's
band's talents. "Pray The Clouds Away" (J Martin, P
Williams) is a beautiful slow gospel quartet type
song with four part harmonies and a lovely low bass
"Let's Part The Best Of Friends" (Carter Stanley) is
an upbeat old timey tune that sounds modern, makes
full use of modern recording techniques to an old
What is real unique on this recording is how natural
all of the instruments sound with no effects in the
way. It sounds perfectly natural, a real audiophile
quality recording. I would love to hear this in SACD.
"He Is Near" (D. Parmley) is another beauty of a
four part harmony, wow, just noticed, this is a
capella, (no instruments, just vocals).
Well, the band ends the disc with "Rummie's Run"
(John Glich) which is a real upbeat instrumental
where everyone gets involved. Fiddler Pat MacAvinue
plays two fiddle parts, (overdubbed) and also a
This is a great release of songs and I would say
better than his first CD, but maybe different is a
better description. This is a must have for any true