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CD Review – The John Hartford Stringband

Memories of John

Red Clay Records

John Hartford was a bluegrass legend and his music is a trip back to the bluegrass from the Old West. It’s street dancing with that gal you’ve been eyein’ or that guy that you’ve been too shy to talk to. Colleagues and friends of Hartford made “Memories of John” as a tribute to his influence and as a way to keep his memory alive nearly a decade after his death. “Three Forks of Sandy,” is the perfect song to start the album as this is the one that Hartford himself would play to start his performances. “Love Grown Cold” sounds like a carbon-copy of the Del McCoury Band, while “The Girl I Left Behind Me” features banjo-icon Bela Fleck. This is a must for all traditional bluegrass fans and for those that enjoy being taken back to a time when you could literally kick up a little bit of dust.

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