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All I've Got

by Mike Bentley

If you like your bluegrass strong, soulful, and modern with a new traditional twist… There’s not a better project for you than the one you hold in your hands. Tim Stafford
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Down to the Bottom
3:18 $0.99
2. One Black Rock at a Time
3:41 $0.99
3. Someone Else
3:11 $0.99
4. Gonna Have Myself a Ball
2:40 $0.99
5. What Are You Doing Here
3:19 $0.99
6. My Remains
4:03 $0.99
7. Casualties Along the Way
3:28 $0.99
8. Homeless
3:00 $0.99
9. Folks Like Me
3:18 $0.99
10. In Your Love
3:25 $0.99
11. The Little T
3:06 $0.99
12. Train
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Album Notes
"Mike Bentley may be an unfamiliar name to some in Bluegrass circles, but I predict that won’t be the case after this project hits. His warm, mellow baritone is a perfect fit for many of today’s bluegrass songs, and with “All I’ve Got” he has produced a true winner.
Mike tells everyone his favorite singer is Keith Whitley, and his Eastern Kentucky roots, like Keith’s, shine through. There’s an emotional core there that is undeniable, and it informs everything that Mike does, including the title of this project. I hear a lot of Mike’s former bandmate Ernie Thacker at times in his singing also, and that’s undeniably good and also deep Eastern KY.
The material is an extension of that core. Songs that highlight Mike’s obvious vocal strengths are everywhere here. Keith Garrett’s mournful “The Little T” is classic lonesome major-minor bluegrass and a great vehicle for Mike’s Eastern Kentucky soul. The duet “Someone Else” with Charli Robertson is heartbreaking and should get a lot of airplay. Daniel Salyer contributes a couple of cool songs here, the modern-sounding “Down to the Bottom,” and the bluegrassy “Folks Like Me.” It’s always a good call to include Harley Allen songs on any project, and two of my favorites appear here, “My Remains” and “Casualties Along the Way.” Country ballads like “Homeless” really show off Mike’s warm country voice, as does the original gospel song, “In Your Love.” Spread in-between are fun songs like Flatt and Scruggs’ “Gonna Have Myself a Ball” and mine and Ronnie Bowman’s “Train.” Thanks for cutting that one, Mike! Great job. And one of the highlights has to be Chris West’s strong gospel tune, “What are You Doing Here?”
This album was produced by Grasstowne’s Alan Bibey, a legendary picker who also has a great ear for arrangements. When he and Mike first discussed this project, the term “New Traditional” was thrown around a lot, and that certainly fits the finished product. It’s neither strictly traditional nor progressive, but like the title of one of the songs Keith Whitley loved, “Somewhere Between…” But those labels really don’t mean all that much in the end. This is simply good music.
And a big part of that is due not only to Mike’s singing that somehow effortlessly fits inside the harmony stack, but the players Alan assembled, including Shawn Lane and Ronnie Bowman (and Greg Luck on bass) for vocals. Trust me, I know from standing next to him onstage for nearly 24 years with Blue Highway—Shawn’s tenor singing is as pure and deft as it gets. Check out his ultra-cool Stanley-influenced tenor on “One Black Rock at a Time.” And the players are top-notch, with Shawn on fiddle, Jason Moore on bass, Justin Jenkins on banjo (and Rod Smith on “In Your Love”), Alan on mandolin, Rob Ickes on dobro and Wyatt Rice on guitar. Tight band!
If you like your bluegrass strong, soulful, and modern with a new traditional twist… There’s not a better project for you than the one you hold in your hands."

Tim Stafford



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