Shoregrass | Hummingbird (And Other Nearly True Stories)

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Hummingbird (And Other Nearly True Stories)

by Shoregrass

ShoreGrass tells nearly true stories about friends, family and places close to their heart, using bluegrass instrumentation, traditional harmony, creative arrangements and their unique and original sound.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Almost a Full Moon
2:36 $0.99
2. Boys to Ramble
2:47 $0.99
3. Never Will Forget
3:07 $0.99
4. Masterpiece
3:34 $0.99
5. Quiet Mountain
2:35 $0.99
6. Not Too Fast
3:26 $0.99
7. Rest Easy Darlin'
2:57 $0.99
8. Don't Send Me Postcards
3:40 $0.99
9. Preacher Mike
2:42 $0.99
10. Single Flower
3:07 $0.99
11. If I'm Dreaming
3:18 $0.99
12. Up to the Mountains
1:50 $0.99
13. Cradle
3:59 $0.99
14. Hummingbird
1:50 $0.99
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Album Notes
ShoreGrass is a bluegrass band from the Connecticut shoreline which has performed locally as well as around the Northeast since 1996.

Their music is a lively mix of traditional bluegrass, old-time, early country, gospel and folk songs as well as original pieces reflecting their roots in contemporary music with a local flavor. The group has several singers who alternate leads on 3-part vocal harmonies, and that unique bluegrass blend of guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass and Dobro. Their music demonstrates the range and uniqueness of each instrument as well as an unusually rich vocal blend, and live concerts delivered with the special sense of humor that marks all ShoreGrass performances.

ShoreGrass has released three albums prior to this one, including "In Connecticut" (2001), "Songs of the Civil War Era" (2005) and "Going Home" (2007). Bluegrass Unlimited magazine called the “Going Home” album "a pleasant collection of down-home music that should attract considerable attention for the band." Sing Out! magazine called ShoreGrass "a refreshing reminder of what bluegrass music is really all about: a talented, family-based band that seem to truly relish playing and singing together."

This latest release “Hummingbird ~ and Other Nearly True Stories” consists entirely of original songs, all written by Barbara Shaw except for one song written by a friend of the band, the late Bryant Woods. The styles include bluegrass, swing, early country, gospel, old-time, one that has a Cajun feel, one with a polka feel and even one that could be called blues!

Using the bluegrass instrumentation of banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin, fiddle, Dobro and harmonica (yes, harmonica on that blues number), the songs are thoughtfully interpreted to deliver powerful content with fine harmonies and impressive musicianship. A total of eight musicians add their unique sounds to this project, six who are regulars in the band and guest appearances by Jonathan Shaw on bass and Paul Opalach on piano.


Frank Shaw, banjo & vocals, bass on Cradle
Barbara Shaw, guitar & vocals, songwriter (except If I’m Dreaming)
Scott Freemantle, bass
Stacy Phillips, Dobro & fiddle
Paul Pozzi, mandolin & vocals
Dick Drake, harmonica on Not Too Fast, mandolin on Cradle and Preacher Mike
Jonathan Shaw, bass on Preacher Mike
Paul Opalach, piano on Single Flower
Bryant Woods, songwriter on If I’m Dreaming

Liner Notes

Almost a Full Moon (2:36)
Frank Shaw lead vocals. This was the first song Barbara ever wrote (1992).

Boys to Ramble (2:47)
Barbara Shaw lead vocals. The story of so many families.

Never Will Forget (3:06)
Frank & Barbara Shaw vocal duet. Everyone has a day and a person they will never forget.

Masterpiece (3:34)
Paul Pozzi lead vocals. A psalm.

Quiet Mountain (2:34)
Frank Shaw lead vocals. Inspired by the drive through the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.

Not Too Fast (3:25)
Barbara Shaw lead vocals. Anyone living with a banjo would understand.

Rest Easy Darlin’ (2:57)
Frank Shaw lead vocals. Our wish to our loved ones at the end of the day and the end of their days.

Don’t Send Me Postcards (3:39)
Paul Pozzi lead vocals. Missing someone more than any postcards can cure.

Preacher Mike (2:42)
Frank Shaw lead vocals. Written about Mike & Mary Robinson and their Bluegrass Gospel Sing ministry.

Single Flower (3:06)
Barbara Shaw lead vocals. One flower is all it takes sometimes.

If I’m Dreaming (3:17)
Frank Shaw lead vocals. Our friend Bryant Woods wrote this song and lived these lyrics.

Up to the Mountains (1:50)
Paul Pozzi lead vocals. Who could ask for more?

Cradle (3:58)
Barbara Shaw lead vocals. The old man built this cradle.

Hummingbird (1:50)
Frank Shaw lead vocals. True story, nearly true allegory.



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