Back At The Ranch is the trio of Clover Carroll, Rachel Carroll, and Matthew Menke. The long-awaited debut release from this talented trio is "MEANWHILE" and it was worth the wait. The mystery exists of how such young performers could be in possession of such old souls. The CD is set up like an old radio show complete with announcer, comedy show and sponsors. BATR then wrap themselves around some great traditional and classic tunes such as "Guitar Rag" and Bob Nolan's "Tumbling Tumbleweeds." This is not just a great CD, but it's a musical event. The group covers a few other tunes, but there are four originals on the disc, two by Rachel Carroll, and two more she co-wrote with hubby Clover. If you wanted to call them a bluegrass group, you could, but it wouldn't quite be accurate. This is traditional roots music, the kind that was around before popular bluegrass. When you listen to this disc, you're transplanted into a different time in Texas, experiencing the brilliant simplicity of music that speaks first to the heart, then to the mind. One of the best releases I've heard this year, "MEANWHILE" is simply perfect. It's not over-produced and it certainly not short on great Texas talent. With the onslaught of cookie-cutter releases in music today, it's refreshing to find a group that tosses the rules out the window and gives us a truly entertaining product. This disc is so good, we oughta charge ya double, but you can get it for only $13.99! You can check out the music as done by two of the founding members as well. Texas mainstays Clover and Rachel Carroll offer their CD “TEXAS ROUTES” (Independent Release). In case you’re new to Texas, that’s pronounced “Texas Roots.” That’s exactly what you’ll find on this disc. Texas roots music with a traditional bluegrass flair are the order of the day. This collection is particularly entertaining as 13 of the 26 tracks are actually interviews and stories of real Texans. The 13 musical tracks are nothing short of Texas music genius, as Clover and Rachel blaze a wide trail through the lost ties to traditional roots music. Their music is a revitalization of all that is good, down home, pure, and old-timey. It’s a modern day travel through sounds and ideals of yester-year, but done with the fidelity that today’s industry provides. I almost expect to hear scratches between the songs, as the CD reminds me so much of days gone by. Don’t be fooled. This CD is not yesterday’s music, but instead, today’s music wearing yesterdays faded jeans and well-weathered cowboy hat. Far-reaching and diverse, Clover and Rachel wrap themselves around a beautiful melody on “To Share The Moon” while driving home a point in the faster-than-you-can-say-it “Bar-B-Que.” These hard-working Texans are always on the music scene, and doing great things with the promotion of Texas music. This disc is a testament to their passion for all things Texan. Well produced and entertainingly packaged, this is a must-buy for Texas music fans. Don’t hesitate, pick up Clover and Rachel Carroll’s "TEXAS ROUTES" today for only $13.99!
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