“Forever and a Day” is an apt title for this bluegrass masterwork. It seems that Mark Kuykendall and Bobby Hicks have been playing bluegrass that long, while contributing to iconic bands and artists of the genre.
Kuykendall, who has performed with Jimmy Martin and Bill Monroe, plays guitar and sings lead. Hicks, a Greensboro native and legendary fiddler, has earned 10 Grammy awards and served as a member of Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys and Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.
These 14 tracks feature the two artists out front of a stellar Asheville-based quintet. It’s a diverse set of tunes featuring traditional fare such as Flatt and Scruggs’ “Roust-a-Bout,” Monroe’s “Mary Jane, Won’t You Be Mine,” and Hank Williams’ “We Live in Two Different Worlds ” and “They’ll Never Take Her Love from Me” (with Hicks singing lead).
Songs of praise include Jim Eanes’ “In His Arms I’m Not Afraid” and Monroe’s “Wicked Path of Sin.” Hicks pulls a swinging bow on his own “Zuma Swing” and shows his contemplative side with Jay Ungar’s wistful “Ashokan Farewell.”
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Woody Guthrie’s “Sally, Don’t You Grieve” is among the ear-turning surprises on this masterful CD that should appeal to fans of thoughtful, old-style bluegrass by two masters of their craft.
“Forever and a Day”
By Mark Kuykendall, Bobby Hicks and Asheville Grass