High Strung String Band | Rise and Shine

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Rise and Shine

by High Strung String Band

Georgia-bred bluegrass played with a nod to the traditionalists, but all eyes squarely on musical creativity and experimentation. The band's first full-length studio album offers refreshing original material, skillful string work and soaring harmonies.
Genre: Country: Progressive Bluegrass
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  Song Share Time Download
1. After the Rain
4:15 $0.99
2. Lona Mae
3:36 $0.99
3. Drinks Her Whiskey
3:39 $0.99
4. Come and Go
6:16 $0.99
5. Wide Awake
4:09 $0.99
6. Time for a Change
4:06 $0.99
7. Who Shot Sally
3:30 $0.99
8. Bad Mistake
3:28 $0.99
9. You're No Longer Mine
3:15 $0.99
10. So I Says to Myself
2:31 $0.99
11. High Up On Blood Moutnain
5:59 $0.99
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Album Notes
High Strung String Band breathes new life into an old tradition. In some ways, the band pays homage to straight-ahead, traditional bluegrass: They flat-pick the guitar, play three-finger-style banjo, and belt out high vocal harmonies. But in other ways, High Strung String Band trades in tradition for surprise. Their bluegrass is part improvisation, part experimentation -- a form that thrives on original songs and unique arrangements. This makes High Strung String Band a reliable, yet unpredictable musical force. They deliver the foot-stomping, high-and-lonesome, storytelling songs you’d expect from a bluegrass band, but with a spirit and style all their own.

The bluegrass quintet’s first full-length studio album “Rise and Shine” offers refreshing original material, skillful string work and soaring vocal harmonies. The lap steel guitar gives certain songs an almost haunting feel, a honky-tonk tinged eeriness. The lyrics, like those preserved in bluegrass from the past, tell the everyday stories of everyday people, but do so with a little more poignancy, a little more vulnerability.

High Strung String Band stands somewhere between the bluegrass of the past and the bluegrass of the future. They bring the traditional cast of musical characters to the stage -- the banjo, the mandolin, the upright bass, the guitar -- but add modernity to the genre with their original songs and unique sound. High Strung String Band does progressive bluegrass with a nod to the traditionalists, but all eyes squarely on musical creativity and experimentation. Expect everything you’d demand from a bluegrass band -- and then some.



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Acoustic music fan? This one soars
This CD is was CD Baby is all about -- a great find that makes you glad to have two ears. So what's special about this new grass bluegrass? For me, it's the songwriting. Sure, there is great musicianship on display, a fluid well mixed recording of a group of players that mesh beautifully. But in addition to tight playing, it's the craft of writing a good song that this band really excels at. Even though they are originals, most of these songs feel like classic hits. Drinks Her Whiseky and Wide Awake are two prime examples. Infectious in the best sense of the word. I think their music has a bit of the flavor of The Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo (one of my favorites).
In these days of back to the land, grow your own, DIY, this group exemplifies that get back to your roots spirit. It's a bountiful harvest, and you'll be smilin and toe tappin for having shared in it.