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Retro Album Review: Cherryholmes: ‘Cherryholmes II – Black And White’ (2007)

black and whiteBack in the days writing for the 9513 Blog, I would post occasional reviews on Amazon. We will be republishing some of those reviews here, slightly updated.

In 2006 I had no idea about the Cherryholmes family band. Today [in 2007] I know them to be the finest family bluegrass band going. In this, their second CD, the group shows impressive growth – several members of the band write original material and all of them can pick and sing with the best of them.

Daughter Cia Cherryholmes continues to develop her skills as a banjo player, and is becoming a truly impressive songwriter and vocalist. I can easily see her becoming a significant solo artist. The rest of the family is pretty good, too. Close harmonies, tight musicianship, excellent lead vocals (although Cia is clearly the standout vocalist). What more could you ask?

I liked all of the songs on this disc, but I was particularly impressed with the songs Cia wrote such as “You Don’t Know What Love Is”, “I Don’t Know”, “Turned Me Down” and “Don’t Give Your Heart to A Knoxville Girl”.

Three excellent instrumentals, “Darkness On The Delta”, “The Nine Yards” and “Bootstrap Hill”, give the family a chance to stretch and display their instrumental prowess. While the CD consists mostly of originals, they do a nice cover on the Lester Flatt composition “I’ll Never Shed Another Tear”.

I really could rattle on all day about this CD but suffice it to say, this is one of the best bluegrass CDs issued in this, or any other year.

Grade: A+

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