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Russ Carson - Avenue Of The Giants


Russ Carson - Avenue Of The Giants


1. New York Chimes.  2. Things In Life.  3. Let Me Rest At The End Of My Journey.  4. Charlie's Neat.  5. Heartbreak Hall Of Fame.  6. Pat Made Me Do It.  7. Stone Cold.  8. Daddy's Dream.   9. Letters Have No Arms.  10. Montana Cowboy.  11. New River Train.   12. Avenue Of The Giants. 

" A few notes into his solo and you quickly get the sense that Russ Carson is having the time of his life, 5string banjo in hand and a big, friendly smile across his face. And that's just in the green room, a little warmup before the band even hits the stage. Then it's time to crank it up a notch, or ten. Time to put the banjo mic through its paces. A bit of field testing to see if the modern gadgetry can deliver all of the heart and soul that a flesh and blood musician has to offer.

That same drive and energy are to be found here as well on Russ's latest solo album "Avenue of the Giants". It's got the banjo notes right where I like 'em, right there at the edge where they reach out and insist that you become a part of the music, too. No spectator sport here. You're in the front row where you might just get called up to render your best 'air banjo' at any moment.

Russ and producer Jason Moore have put together a collection of traditional and original songs and tunes that showcases not only the banjo but the entire ensemble. The core group, with Moore on bass, includes Russ's former bandmates from Redline, Audie Blaylock on guitar and vocals, Patrick McAvinue on fiddle and Jesse Brock on mandolin. Add Kenny Smith on lead guitar with Darrell Webb and Eddie Rose on vocals and you've got an album that connects Russ's respect for tradition with his eye to fashioning his own musical cosmos. "

Tom Adams



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