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She's Gone / I Ain't Gonna Cry Anymore / You Should See My Heart / Higher Ground / Without You / You Couldn't Come Back Now / Bound to Get Burned / Broken Hearted Crying Time Again / Pathway of Danger / Blinded By Love / Little Girl / Wish Upon My Heart / One Step Ahead of the Blues
I first heard Unlimited Tradition at a small, indoor, winter festival in Kinston, NC. It was not far into the first set that I realized these guys have developed a unique tradition style with the speed, clarity and power of modern, more progressive bluegrass.
She's Gone is the first release for Unlimited Tradition on Doobie Shea. The album is so good, they recorded it twice.
Actually, the almost completed project was destroyed in a fire that destroyed Doobie Shea studio. Not to be discouraged, Unlimited Tradition went back into the new Doobie Shea studio and recorded the project again. According to Ray Craft, powerful lead vocalist, guitarist and writer of four songs on this album, the final project was better than the first.
Songs such as She's Gone, the title cut, combine a modern, driving, progressive sound with traditional but not biting vocals.
The Unlimited Tradition style is taken to gospel in Higher Ground and Pathway of Danger, and the result is a top-notch, powerful, spiritual sound.
Unlimited Tradition can also slow the tune and succeed in playing their unique style. Without You is a love song of a slower pace with excellent harmonies. Little Girl, a song of father to his daughter, is an emotional example of the talents of Ray Craft as a songwriter and the sensitive musicianship of Unlimited Tradition.
This project doesn't stop at simply powerful material. The CD is produced in the fashion to which I am becoming accustomed to hearing from Doobie Shea. Tim Austin and Dan Tyminski engineered yet another top quality bluegrass CD. With so many recordings being presented these days that are over-engineered to the point the original sound is lost, Doobie Shea has set a new standard in production quality and they are being quite consistent in meeting that standard.
When you buy this CD, you will not be disappointed at all.
See Unlimited Tradition live whenever you can. Chances are, they'll be playing somewhere near you.
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