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  Song Share Time Download
1. Riding On the L&N
2:47 $0.99
2. If It Hadn't Been for Love
4:41 $0.99
3. Going Home
3:25 $0.99
4. Road to Dawson
3:18 $0.99
5. Raised By the Railroad Line
2:56 $0.99
6. Who Needs You
3:26 $0.99
7. Up and Down the Mountain
3:05 $0.99
8. Shannon's Last Ride
3:19 $0.99
9. Old Ebenezer Scrooge
4:22 $0.99
10. Cloudy Days
4:17 $0.99
11. Like a Train Needs a Track
4:10 $0.99
12. Timber
3:01 $0.99
13. Heartland Waltz
4:03 $0.99
14. Things in Life
3:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
From the August 2014 feature review in Bluegrass Unlimited:

"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. "

Liner notes:

Riding on the L&N: One of our favorite Bluegrass Cardinals numbers, with Dave on the lead vocal , Terry on the Tenor, and Don on the baritone.

If it Hadn’t Been for Love: Terry’s rendition of Chris Stapleton and Michael Henderson’s haunting composition. Don is on the tenor, and Dave takes the baritone.

Going Home: Don sings this beautiful folk song, written by Gary and Roberta Gordon. Dave sings tenor on the duet, and Terry sings baritone on the chorus.

Road to Dawson: Paul wrote this instrumental during a long road trip in the Yukon.

Raised by the Railroad Line: Terry learned this song from the Seldom Scene. Don sings the tenor vocal.

Who Needs You: This song, written by Curtis Wright, is about a guy who is so over it! Terry belts the lead, Dave sings the tenor, and Don takes the baritone.

Up and Down the Mountain: A Cadillac Holmes classic, crooned by Dave, with Terry on the tenor, and Don on the Baritone. Dave Keenan-grass in all its splendor!

Shannon’s Last Ride: Terry wrote this song after being asked to use his backhoe to help a neighbor bury her favorite horse. Don sings tenor to Terry’s lead, and Paul and Dave rock the twin fiddles.

Old Ebenezer Scrooge: We feature Tom, our fine Monroe-style mandolinist, on this arrangement of this Bill Monroe tune.

Cloudy Days: This Billy Ray Reynolds song speaks to those of us living in the cloudy and rainy Pacific Northwest . Terry wrote a third verse and sings the lead, and Dave takes the tenor vocal.

Like a Train Needs a Track: We like to think of this song (written by Marvin Clark) as a sort of bluegrass rock opera. Don sings lead, Terry is on the tenor, and Dave on Baritone.

Timber: Terry wrote this song based on stories told to him by his grandpa (camp fiddler in a logging camp) and grandma (camp cook). Paul wrote the fiddle tune, . . .TIMBER!

Heartland: Paul composed this lovely waltz, featuring Paul and Dave on the twin fiddles.

Things in Life: Dave sings this Don Stover composition. Don sings tenor, and Terry sings Baritone.

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.”



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