Wilson Banjo Co / Spirits In The Hills
Album: Spirits In The Hills   Collection:Country
Artist:Wilson Banjo Co   Added:Oct 2018
Label:Pinecastle Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2018-10-24 Pull Date: 2018-12-26 Charts: Country/Bluegrass
Week Ending: Dec 23 Dec 16 Dec 9 Dec 2 Nov 25 Nov 18 Nov 4
Airplays: 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 01, 2019: That's Not Bluegrass
Catfish John
4. Dec 14, 2018: Traditions
Spirits In The Hills
2. Dec 30, 2018: 2018-21-30
Railroad Man, Her Sunday Best, Carolina In The Pines, Spirits In The Hills, Catfish John
5. Dec 07, 2018: Traditions
Ain't No Grave
3. Dec 18, 2018: That's Not Bluegrass
Ain't No Grave
6. Nov 29, 2018: Butter and Jams
Ain't No Grave

Album Review
Kim Walter
Reviewed 2018-10-20

Wilson Banjo Co, Spirits in the Hills
Bonfire Records (Pinecastle Holdings)
Reviewed by: Kim Walter, Oct 2018

First release from the Wilson Banjo Co of South Carolina. Hailed as “solid, contemporary BG, firmly rooted in the tradition,” yet reaching out and beyond the boundaries of Bluegrass, This album has something for (almost) everybody. Ranging from traditional Bluegrass to country rock to something in between, the songs stay lively and unique with a variety of instruments, different styles and 5 different members alternating the lead vocals. All over, very nice. Mainly unique renditions of classics and two originals. Best for me:
2:53 med/fast - traditional BG
3:16 med/fast - version of “Catfish John,” a country classic**
3:32 med- Title track- contemporary BG, fun, approachable and interesting**
3:20 med- Michael Martin Murphey’s heartwarming song about the Carolinas
2:36 med/fast- instrumental written by band member Steve Wilson
3:55 med - rendition of “Her Sunday Best,” an Appalachian classic**
3:01 med/fast - traditional toe-tapping BG style
4:13 slow/med- fabulous BG version of gospel classic****
3:16 med - banjo heavy country rock with male and female vocal harmony
3:14 med - the dobro plays a main role in this BG tune
3:25 med- Flatt & Scrugg’s classic with a banjo behind the beat for effect
2:36 med/fast - trad BG with some fantastic banjo pickin’
2:57 med- original tune written and sung by banjo player Steve Wilson (trad BG)
2:49 slow/med - sounds like an ancient BG recording, then becomes spiritual**

Track Listing
1. 40 Years Of Trouble   8. Ain't No Grave
2. Catfish John   9. Ramblin' Forever In My Bones
3. Spirits In The Hills   10. Stranded
4. Carolina In The Pines   11. I'll Stay Around
5. East Fork Creek   12. (Track 12) Thumbin' Down From Richmond Town
6. Her Sunday Best   13. Shiner's Mountain
7. Railroad Man   14. When He Reached Down His Hand