review: The Abrams Brothers "Carrying On"
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THE ABRAMS BROTHERS � Carrying On
6683 Vista Heights Road, Bridgewater, VA. 22812
EMAIL vrodes [at] shentel.net OR tabrams [at] sprint.ca
www.mastershieldrecords.com OR www.theabramsbrothers.com
Playing Time � 34:54
John and James Abrams were born in 1990 and 1993, respectively. They both
sing, and they both play mandolin and fiddle too. Hailing from Ontario,
Canada, The Abrams Brothers have produced a pleasant debut CD with the
energy and spirit of a cohesive family band. It�s a nice way to showcase and
introduce us to their playful sound. Their album of standard bluegrass and
gospel fare is entitled �Carrying On� for four reasons. Firstly, the Abrams
were inspired by the perseverance of the townsfolk of Petersburg, Tn. during
tough economic times. Secondly, they were heavily influenced by Jim and
Jesse McReynolds, purchased a touring bus from Jesse in 2003, and hope to
carry on their tradition. Thirdly, the brothers� family can trace their
music ministry and interest back several generations, and they intend to
continue that family tradition. Lastly, these two brothers are best friends
who �carry on� as they share in fun, frolic and faith.
The boys are accompanied by their father Brian Abrams (rhythm guitar),
grandfather Wayne Abrams (bass), Bob Burtch (mandolin, guitar), and guest
Will Parsons (banjo). A lawyer by trade, Brian and Wayne also perform as
part of �The Abrams Family and Clarendon Station.� Brian sings lead on most
of the songs, but John is featured on �Gospel Plough� and �Old Home Place.�
Wayne sings lead on �I�m on my Way Back to the Old Home.� The twin fiddles
featured on �I Heard My Mother Call My Name in Prayer,� �Drifting Too Far,�
and �Scotland� indicate that the boys are getting excellent instruction to
develop the licks and techniques of bluegrass. Both boys have studied fiddle
under Shawn Kellett, a respected Canadian musician. I expect them to
progress and advance quickly with their musical progress and growth.
The Abrams have all the main ingredients of solid bluegrass music, and they
love what they do. I also sense that they would be very entertaining in a
live performance. Given some additional time, maturity and experience, they
will certainly rise to great musical heights in the bluegrass community.
Stay tuned�you�ll be hearing much more about The Abrams. (Joe Ross)