Blood of the Ram
Enough can’t be said about this Austin, Texas-based group. If every band wrote, played and sang as well as the Gourds, music fans would be in heaven.
The David Thom Band is a breath of fresh bluegrass air.
At least enough that fellow Marin County, California, resident and mandolinist extraordinaire David Grisman endorses them and puts in right-speaker appearances on original Thom compositions “Rowan’s Run” and the title track. Other guests on the CD are bluegrass diva Kathy Kallick and guitar maestro Jim Nunally.
The New Rhythm and Blues Quartet formed in 1967 and actually was a quintet. Seven years and three personnel changes later, the eclectic rock group found itself in a “classic quartet” mode that remained constant until 1994, when guitarist Al Anderson left for a successful songwriting career in Nashville and was replaced by the bass player’s brother.