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Hey John

by The Downtown Mountain Boys

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Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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1. Hey John
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2. Boats up the River
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3. I'm Wearin' a Hole
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4. I'll Give My Heart to You
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5. Up on the Blue Ridge
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6. Haunted Heart
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7. Josie's Reel
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8. Misery Loves Company
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9. Goodbye Liza Jane
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10. I Let a Good Woman Go
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11. Cherokee Shuffle
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12. Born of the Wind
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This is the DownTown Mountain Boys third recording, after the highly acclaimed "Big Darlin'" and "Heartland."

The DownTown Mountain Boys based in Seattle, Washington, is the Pacific Northwest’s most exciting and accomplished bluegrass band. Veteran bluegrassers and recording artists Terry Enyeart (bass, lead and harmony vocals), Dave Keenan (banjo, fiddle, lead and harmony vocals), Don Share (guitar, lead and harmony vocals), Tom Moran (Mandolin) and Paul Elliott (fiddle), seen for years in such popular Northwest bands as Ranch Romance, Rural Delivery, Rainy Pass, and Who’s Driving?, have come together in a match made in musical heaven. Take three-part harmonies that send shivers up your spine, add dazzling instrumental firepower, and you have the sound of The DownTown Mountain Boys. An exciting combination of tight harmonies and red-hot picking . . . An entertaining, engaging, and witty stage show . . . A repertoire that spans beloved standards and high-quality original material . . . Victory Review calls The DownTown Mountain Boys “the cream of Seattle- area pickers, top teachers, session musicians, and musicologists.”

Notes to Hey John (liner notes and graphics appear at www.downtownmountainboys.com)

1. Hey John: Terry’s bluegrass treatment on the Kennedy saga, and the tragedy of a U.S. political dynasty.
2. Boats up the River: Our old-timey take on this Ola Belle Reed classic.
3. I’m Wearing a Hole: A bittersweet song about moving on, delivered as only Terry can.
4. I’ll Give My Love to You: It is always fun when Dave does Buck Owens, bluegrass-style.
5. Up on the Blue Ridge: The boys rip this high-octane Scott Vestal instrumental.
6. Haunted Heart: Terry loved this spooky song the first time he heard it, but then lost track of it. Decades later, thanks to digital streaming technology, Terry hunted it down, and we’re sure glad he did.
7. Josie’s Reel: A warm Friday evening, a string band, and romance in the air. Need we say more?
8. Misery Loves Company: Paul and Dave break out the twin fiddles on this fast waltz, that Terry first heard sung by Porter Wagner.
9. Goodbye Liza Jane: Dave remembers his father singing this song. Yes, that’s just Dave on banjo at the start!
10. I Let a Good Woman Go: Terry likes to sing songs that teach us a lesson. Take note.
11. Cherokee Shuffle: The DownTown Mountain Boys take on this classic tune—bring on the twin fiddles!
12. Born of the Wind: Featuring the trademark DownTown Mountain Boys wall of baritone sound, this Paul Craft song, covered by the Seldom Scene, was just too hard to resist.

From the July 2018 highlight review in Bluegrass Unlimited::

This Washington State band has a firm grasp of the genre and the winning combination of instrumental hot licks, strong vocals, and great material. They embody that West Coast sound originally heard from bands like the Country Gazette. While no one member stands out, the whole band demonstrates skill and class in their presentation of material.
The title-cut has a strong instrumental arrangement that demonstrates the prowess that marks the whole project. Bassist Terrence Enyeart’s lead vocal brings to mind the late John Hartford. One way to expand the bluegrass perimeters is to push at the perceived boundaries from within. They do that with “Boats Up The River,” a traditional number they learned from the late Ola Belle Reed. They also make good use of more modern material such as Mike Henderson’s “I’m Wearing a Hole (In a Honky-Tonk Floor)” and Jerry Reed’s “Misery Loves Company.” The former displays the band’s fine trio.
They present material that sounds old (“Josie’s Reel”) and make old pieces sound new (“Goodbye Liza Jane,” again featuring their fine trio). Dave Keenan’s banjo and Paul Elliott’s fiddle soar and sing throughout. Tom Moran’s mandolin is a solid addition, and Don Share plays some mighty-fine guitar with his distinctive touch. They lay it to the old fiddle standard “Cherokee Shuffle” and wrap-up everything very nicely with Paul Craft’s “Born of the Wind.”
This band is due national recognition. On this their third project, they demonstrate a considerable talent for making great bluegrass. This is a band to watch. If you ever get to the upper lefthand corner of the good ole USA or Western Canada, check them out. If not, you can still buy this fine CD (www.downtownmountainboys.com). -Robert C. Buckingham

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