VIPER AT THE VIRGIN’S FEET
Bluegrass seems at times to be a lost form of country music. Well from the opening strains of Viper at the Virgin’s Feet you learn it’s alive and well, and in good hands with Allison Brown.
All the Birds opens the CD and it’s simply a great folk/bluegrass penned by Brown, who has her hand in writing five of the songs here, as well as arranging a few of the traditional songs among the 12m including In My Time of Dying and Calling My Children.
I also like The Nice Guy and When Will I Wake Up by this talented lady.
For a bit of different element, Brown also offers up her rendition of the country classic Pancho & Lefty. It’s a nice addition to the mix here.
Mr. Valentine’s Dead by Kevin Quain is a great cut here too.
Brown has achieved a good mix of music here, giving us something new, something familiar, and then the traditional material which has Brown’s own twists.
Overall this is a truly amazing bluegrass disk. I look forward to hearing this lady live. It should be a true treat. Mark it as a must have.
Check it out at www.allisonbrown.ca
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper June 30, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada