CD review: ‘Evolving’

May 24, 2014 

  • Bluegrass

    Constant Change

    Evolving

For more than a decade, Constant Change has been progressing – evolving, if you will – into one of the most promising bluegrass bands in the Old North State.

Members have come, and members have gone. But the band’s current lineup, heard on its aptly titled CD, “Evolving,” has elevated Constant Change to the quality sound and style the founders must have envisioned when the band began performing in 2002.

Today’s lineup features the talents of original members Clifton Preddy (fiddle), Brian Aldridge (banjo), and Zak McLamb (upright bass); recent additions include Daniel Aldridge (mandolin), and Greg Luck (guitar).

These musicians bring a wealth of family and individual musical experience, and a commitment to classic ’grass adapted to modern tastes. They are all masters of their instruments, steeped in the traditions and spirit of bluegrass.

The band shares lead and harmony vocals, resulting in fresh interpretations and seamless vocal blends. Thirteen tracks feature story songs, instrumentals and gospel.

Notable tracks include “A Rose for Marie,” the Tom T. and Dixie Hall tribute to John Hartford’s wife; Tar Heel bluegrass legend A. L. Wood’s “Rhythm of the Wheels” and “Mountain Man;” Terry Greene’s “Cold Prison Hell;” and the Bill Monroe instrumental standard, “Old Dangerfield.”

You can order copies of the CD from cdbaby.com.

Correspondent Jack Bernhardt

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