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23859review: Jesse McReynolds & Charles Whitstein "A Tribute to Brother Duets"

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  • joe ross
    Jul 1, 2005
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      Hi, this would be a great weekend to listen to some brother duets. Here's a
      review of a new release from Jesse McReynolds & Charles Whitstein. I think
      I'll also spin Charlie Waller & the Country Gentlemen's �Songs of the
      American Spirit� album on the 4th of July. Any of you have favorite albums
      or songs for Independence Day?
      Joe

      JESSE McREYNOLDS & CHARLES WHITSTEIN � A Tribute to Brother Duets
      Pinecastle PRC-1145
      PO Box 456, Orlando, FL. 32802
      www.pinecastle.com
      info [at] pinecastle.com OR radio [at] pinecastle.com
      Playing Time � 37:27
      SONGS - 1. Gone But Not Forgotten 2 Remember Me 3 Rose Of My Heart 4 Are You
      Missing Me 5 When I Stop Dreaming 6 Blues Stay Away From Me 7 The White Dove
      8 Kentucky 9 Somebody Loves You Darling 10 That's All I Want From, You 11
      Which One is to Blame 12 What Would You Give

      Two of the most notable brother acts in recent times have been Jim and Jesse
      McReynolds, and Charles and Robert Whitstein. Robert passed away on
      November 14, 2001, and Jim passed on in December 31, 2002. While both
      surviving brothers were greatly saddened by their losses, they endured and
      bounced back by forming their own duo. Their only new song in this set,
      �Gone But Not Forgotten,� written by Jesse, opens the album with this
      tribute to their deceased brothers. Classic songs are drawn from the
      material of many other famous brothers acts - the Delmores, Wilburns,
      Morrises, Louvins, Monroes, Stanleys, Yorks, Bailes, and Bollicks (Blue Sky
      Boys). There are many old favorites like �When I Stop Dreaming,� �What Would
      You Give (in Exchange For Your Soul)?,� �Rose of my Heart,� �The White
      Dove,� �Blues Stay Away From Me,� �Kentucky,� �Remember Me (When the
      Candlelights are Gleaming) and �Are You Missing Me.� McReynolds, 75, and
      Whitstein, 60, also cover a few less commonly heard duets such as �Somebody
      Loves You Darling,� �That�s All I Want From You,� and �Which One Is To
      Blame.�

      Besides Jesse (mandolin, mandolobro) and Charles (guitar), the rest of the
      band includes Dave Salyers (lead guitar), Charlie Cushman (guitar), Glen
      Duncan (fiddle), and Kent Blanton (bass). The artists don�t overplay and
      provide just the right amount of tasty accompaniment to complement the
      vocalists. Jesse�s cross-picking and tremolo are always a treat also. As
      they sing in �Gone but Not Forgotten,� it�s not quite the same since Jim and
      Robert went away. However, Jesse and Charles vow to �do their best,� and
      they�ve proven that they can create strong and close harmony together that
      both thrills us and pays homage to their departed brothers. (Joe Ross)