young group of sisters playing guitar, fiddle and
mandolin along with their sweet three part
Appalachian harmonies has put out their third full
CD titled My Sisters and Me. This CD has a
very full and professional sound and is an excellent
job of recording and mastering. The sound quality is
as good as any group that has been around like Union
Station or Melonie Cannon. It has a real live feel
to it, not a heavily layered type recording, which
is hard to find in bluegrass anyway. This album just
shimmers with the sound of great acoustic music.
Jocelyn Gold is a teenager who you would never think
is playing all of the guitar on this CD. It really
sounds like Tyminski or a real seasoned player like
Bryan Sutton. She plays some lead guitar parts that
plain out sparkle. She is playing a hand made
guitar, made by Mike Long who she has a endorsement
with. She also endorses GHS strings and Blue Chip
picks. Gold is a very accomplished songwriter,
writing ten of the twelve songs on this CD. One song
she wrote, "Heavenly Home," is an a capela three
part gospel song that is performed so tightly and
with so much emotion. Just three vocals, nothing
more, and it sounds great.
These gals are so refreshing, honestly, if they keep
making this music of this quality, I don't know how
they couldn't be successful. Big Sis, Analise plays
some great mandolin and has some terrific singing in
the mix too. She does a lot of the emcee duties on
the road. Analise is the band organizer and helps
with the song arrangements.
Shelby plays a hot fiddle and adds her lead and
harmony vocals as well. Andy Hall (Sugar Hill
Records) plays Dobro on most of the songs, this was
dad, Trent's, idea. Trent played bass on one song
called "Miles" and he is their bass player on the
road. Alan Bartram (McCoury Music) plays bass for
the rest of the songs on the CD. I love the
Christianity and encouragement which is in their
songs. One of my favorites by Jocelyn Gold is
"Amidst Life's Storms", a great song for
encouragement. The more that I listen to Jocelyn's
lyrics, the more impressed I am with her writing.
Another part of the sound on this CD is the great
banjo picking by Aaron McDavis (Pinecastle Records).
This type of Bluegrass has a bit more modern sound
to it because of the way it is recorded and it has
more of a beat to it than traditional bluegrass.
However, I think that traditional bluegrassers would
love these gals. Rural Rhythm has added a lot of new
artists in the last couple of years like Carrie
Hassler, Melonie Cannon, plus veteran groups like
Mountain Heart and The Lonesome River Boys.
Gold Heart has a lot of talent and a big future
ahead if they keep at it. They remind me a bit of
the Cherryholmes, whose first CD was real good, but
they are older and have a bigger family base.
Interestingly enough, both groups have dad on bass.
They actually remind me more of early Nickel Creek,
who is long gone now. But they were a highly
talented act, Sara Watkins just put out her first
solo CD this year, singer and fiddler for Nickel
One Song that Jocelyn did not write, "Sister" by
Nora Jane Struthers, is really a song that describes
them well, sisters helping each other out, a really
nice upbeat tune. A really cute song penned by
another writer is "Chasing Lightning Bugs", which is
sort of a mid tempo song that reminds me of
Tennessee, on summer evenings. What is accomplished
by this CD is hard to do, imparting a certain
emotion, and their music has lots of aspects,
lyrical talent, instrument accomplishment and also
emotion. The Gold sisters really leave a sense of
joy with you, as they seem to love what they are
doing, it is not contrived.
Well, I will quit with one more song that I love,
the last song on the CD is "Ride Of Your Life",
listen to the words of this song, it just shows the
girls love for music and following the path their
Savior. I have really enjoyed reviewing this and
listening to it and I am not done with it.
A Great Listen!