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Bluegrass '99
12 Great Instrumental Recordings (Pinecastle Records)

By: Alex Steininger

The fifth in a series of bluegrass instrumental recordings, Bluegrass '99 takes off from where Bluegrass '95 started and '98 ended. With six superb musicians, all the time they need to crank out some fun, and a good old love for bluegrass music, these guys knock out some toned-down bluegrass and hot-steppin' picks that will burn inside your soul even while you're dancing to them.

Bluegrass' father, and a musical legend, Bill Monroe, gets his respects paid on the hot-to-trot stomp of "Monroe's Hornpipe," while the classic song "Amazing Grace" gets the bluegrass treatment. And although it may be an instrumental, the feeling, warmth, caring, and loveable vibe that flows through every rendition of this song is still vibrantly colorful and in full force.

The band keeps you dancing through the hot pickings of "Lonesome Road Blues" and "Little Beggar man (aka Red Haired Boy)," while songs like "Spagnum Pete" sit you down and let you relax. But the majority of songs on here will, indeed, get you up and moving while the fiddle roars, the guitar slides, and the banjo cries in joy. You just can't resist bluegrass music this fine, this hot, and this much fun.

If you're in the mood for some good instrumental stuff, perfect to dance too, than this might just be the disc for you. Each song flows freely, with the six instruments, and musicians, working together to form a fun lovin', good-time-to-be-had sound. I'll give it a B+.

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