review: Eddie and Martha Adcock's "Twograss"
Happy Monday to everyone. What do you all think of Eddie and Martha Adcock?
Here's a review of their new album ("Twograss") which hit the streets on May
20th. Check it out.
EDDIE & MARTHA ADCOCK - TwoGrass
Pinecastle Records PRC-1128
PO BOX 456, Orlando, FL. 32802
www.pinecastle.com or www.eddieandmarthadcock.com
Playing Time - 33:58
Song List: 1)Let's, 2)Something to Be Finding, 3)It's Grand to Have Someone
Love You, 4)Have Thine Own Way, 5)I Am a Pilgrim, 6)Pretty Redwing,
7)Nobody's Darling but Mine, 8)Where Will I Shelter My Sheep, 9)I Got Wise
10)Uncle Joe, 11)My Destiny, 12)Gold Watch and Chain
Eddie and Martha Adcock produce a lot of sound together, but one can wish
that they would have also included some guests for additional vocal harmony,
as well as a few hot mandolin, fiddle and resonator guitar breaks on this
project, their first in five years. Obviously, "TwoGrass" is meant to
support and showcase just the dynamic duo, also known as "the biggest little
band in bluegrass." They've also been called "The Sonny and Cher of
This lean approach is successful largely because of their choice of eclectic
material that spans folk to Gospel, jazz to blues, and country to bluegrass.
Half of the album is comprised of original material. "Let's" kicks off the
album on an uptempo note. "Something to Be Finding" is a contemporary song
of optimism and hope. Martha sings a beautiful "Have Thine own Way." Eddie's
original "Uncle Joe," is a ballad of a song-carrying relative who lived in
the mountains. Material from Don Reno, Jimmie Davis, Joe Grieshop, Carter
Stanley, Helen Carter and A.P. Carter round out the offerings.
Eddie Adcock hails from Virginia, but he currently resides in Nashville. His
first professional banjo-playing job dates back to 1957 when he played (at
age 14) for Mac Wiseman. He then worked with Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass
Boys that same year. In 1958, Adcock joined The Country Gentlemen (replacing
Pete Kuykendall). In 1970, Adcock left the Country Gentlemen, moved to
California, and played rock music under the pseudonym "Clinton Kodack." In
1971, he formed band with Jimmy Gaudreau called the Iind (Second)
Generation. In 1976, he formed "Eddie Adcock and Talk of the Town", with
wife-to-be Martha (Hearon) and Missy Raines (bass). Also toured with David
Allan Coe. This group eventually became "The Eddie Adcock Band." In 1990-91,
performed with "The Masters" featuring Eddie on banjo and guitar, Jesse
McReynolds on mandolin, Josh Graves on Dobro, and Kenny Baker on fiddle.
Although Eddie is considered one of the pioneers of new acoustic music,
Twograss exhibits a distinctly traditional sound. In 1996, Adcock was
inducted into the IBMA's Hall of Honor as a member of the "Classic" Country
Raised in a musical family from South Carolina cotton country, Martha has
classical music training but started teaching herself stringed instruments
since age eight. After a long folk and fingerpicking phase, she fell in
love with bluegrass in her late teens. Bluegrass festivals in North
Carolina and Virginia introduced her to guitar players like Charlie Waller,
Jimmy Martin, Bill Harrell and Dan Crary. After moving to Nashville in 1973,
Martha met Eddie. She started running the sound for Eddie's group, II
Generation, then joined the band shortly thereafter. Since then, they've
worked with up to a seven-piece newgrass band, with David Allan Coe doing
country rock, and now as a duo called "TwoGrass." Martha calls this her
favorite configuration yet. "We always try to put out 120 percent," she once
said. "If the music and the show work, you can congratulate us ; and if it
doesn't, you can blame us, just us. There's nobody else to hide behind. We
love working together and know we're very fortunate to be able to spend our
time together. And since there's just two of us, we can stop for supper
wherever we want on the road without having to consult other opinions.
Minimum people, minimum problems. It's so easy and satisfying like this.
We're enjoying the heck out of it." Husband and wife duos are rarely as
solid as the Adcocks, with their vocal blends accentuated by tasty banjo
breaks. (Joe Ross)
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