Country Music People October 2017 - Page 37

“The quality of musicianship contained in this album is faultless and the songs are a sheer delight.” THOMM JUTZ Crazy If You Let It  Crazy If You Let It / Crossing Over Black Mountain / Confederate Jasmine / Run With The Horses / White Water Train / Old Railroads / Sometimes What Glitters Is Gold / The Coast Of Carolina / The Road To Galway / Lily Of The Day / Atlanta (Please Don’t Let Me Down) / It Was You Producer: Thomm Jutz Mountain Fever Records 39:58 You may be familiar with some of Thomm Jutz’s work without necessarily knowing it; he has written tracks recorded by the likes of Marty Stuart, John Prine and Balsam Range, produced records for a list of artists which includes Nanci Griffith, Otis Gibbs and Mac Wiseman, and he has played guitar for luminaries such as Kim Richey and Mary Gauthier. He is joined for this, his second solo album by Sierra Hull, Justin Moses (Dan Tyminski, Alison Krauss), Andrea Zonn (Vince Gill, James Taylor), Mark Fain (Dixie Chicks, Alan Jackson) and Tammy Rogers (Buddy Miller, Matracia Berg). The quality of musicianship contained in this album is faultless and the songs are a sheer delight. If, after a long hard day at work, you like to chill in your easy chair with a large glass of wine and relaxing music in your headphones this CD is likely to find its way to the top of the pile you choose from. Personal favourites include the gentle sway of Confederate Jasmine, the more traditional White Water Train and the infectious Celtic influence contained in The Road To Galway. Although I can honestly say I like the other tracks sufficiently that I can see those personal favourites changing from time to time as I listen again – and I surely will listen again. I seem to have reviewed a few albums which fall into the bluegrass category lately and regular readers will know I loved some of them (including this one) and found others mediocre to say the least and have been giving some thought to defining what makes the difference. The conclusion I have reached is that a good album in this genre has musicians using their talent to show off the song and those I haven’t enjoyed so much tend to be by musicians seeming to use songs in an attempt to gain praise for their playing. Listen to the production on this and, hopefully, you will see what I mean. German born Jutz gained entry to the USA through the Green Card Lottery scheme in 2003 and immediately found himself in a mutual admiration pact with Nashville, Tennessee where he now has his own recording studio and a growing collection of prestigious Awards; I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this album wins him another one. Chris Smith OCTOBER 2017 - cmp 37