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Hey John

by The Downtown Mountain Boys

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Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hey John
4:13 $0.99
2. Boats up the River
3:32 $0.99
3. I'm Wearin' a Hole
3:30 $0.99
4. I'll Give My Heart to You
3:09 $0.99
5. Up on the Blue Ridge
2:22 $0.99
6. Haunted Heart
3:58 $0.99
7. Josie's Reel
3:18 $0.99
8. Misery Loves Company
4:01 $0.99
9. Goodbye Liza Jane
3:54 $0.99
10. I Let a Good Woman Go
2:52 $0.99
11. Cherokee Shuffle
3:17 $0.99
12. Born of the Wind
3:12 $0.99
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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

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 August 2014 feature review in Bluegrass Unlimited of the band's Heartland recording::

"Let's see . . . plenty of superlatives? Check. Showers of accolades? Check. Glowing tributes? Check. Then we're off. To begin with, each of the band members should be considered a master of his particular instrument. None may ever be judged instrumentalist of the year, but each player, Paul Elliott on fiddle, Don Share on guitar, Terry Enyeart on bass, David Keenan on banjo, and Tom Moran on mandolin--has the chops to fit easily with any band performing today, and (most importantly) they all have a great sense of how to play something that fits the tune or song perfectly. Taste--very good taste. "

"Share, Enyeart, and Keenan share the lead and harmony vocals throughout. All are strong lead singers, with a nice variety between the lead voices. One of the most compelling aspects of this release is the superb vocal blend. Sublime is not too strong a description for the harmony singing on "Going Home," on Don Stover's "Things in Life," on "If it Hadn't Been for Love" (with great lead work by Terry Enyeart), and on many others. The vocal harmonies are tight, dead-on, and stirring. Another hallmark of this project is the attention to detail. The intricate, well-conceived, and well-executed arrangements, both vocally and instrumentally, are found throughout and really set the CD apart. Clearly, a lot of thought went into how to best showcase each song or tune, and it shows."

"Another strength here is the nicely varied selection of material. Paul Elliott contributes two fine original instrumentals, "Road to Dawson" and "Heartland Waltz." Terry Enyeart penned "Shannon's Last Ride" bidding adieu to a longtime equine companion, and "Timber," a tribute to a signature Northwest occupation, both of which help give the material a nice variety and a distinctive stamp. Other especially strong cuts (there are no throwaways here) would have to include "Up and Down the Mountain," "Going Home," "If it Hadn't Been for Love," "Like a Train Needs a Track," and "Cloudy Days." Many of these deserve some serious airplay, especially "Going Home," "Things in Life," and "If It Hadn't Been for Love."

"This is a great CD. Strong musicians, great vocals, great material, great arrangements, and well and tastefully executed. What a pleasure to review. "



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