Brashear and McLaughlin have performed together to accolades for a couple of decades now, and with the addition of Todd Phillips, they've dubbed themselves “The Colton House Trio,” at least for now! It's all the result of a songwriting residency at Flagstaff's famous Colton House granted to the men by the Museum of Northern Arizona. These songs were debuted in a program at the Pickin' In The Pines Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Festival. You'll find saga songs, portraits in music and even some material done in tribute to an early friend of the fledgling WMA, the late Katie Lee.
The album's theme is stated clearly on the jacket: “An acoustic music celebration inspired by the history and wonder of the Southwest and the Colorado Plateau.” Every song completes its mission, but we'll name as picks “Slow River Running,” “Terlingua To Tombstone,” “Too Thick To Drink Too Thin To Plow,” “Big High Mountain” and “Hassayampa Blues.” Recommended. Twelve tracks.
CD: $19 + s/h through www.musnaz.org for all credit card purchases or $15 + $2.75 s/h through www.chrisbrashear.info
- by Rick Huff
Slow River Running
Terlingua to Tombstone
Big High Mountain
She Knows the River
Too Thick to Drink, Too Thin to Plow
Song of the Boatman