Home  |  Audio Reviews  Audiophile Shows Partner Mags  News     

Enjoy the Music.com Review Magazine
New Found Road
Same Old Place

Review By Steven Stone
Click here to e-mail reviewer


  Nowadays bluegrass music comes in a myriad of guises. Sometimes what’s called bluegrass is actually acoustic jazz. Other 'bluegrass" bands are actually country acts with acoustic instruments, but New Found Road is the genuine article.

On their second album for Rounder this four-member band displays the breadth of their musical prowess. With only one original song, Tim Shelton’s "Love Stay Away from Me," New Found Road concentrates on interpreting other songwriters’ work. Their song choices are astute. The roster includes two Tim Stafford compositions along with tunes by Sonya Isaacs, Jerry Chestnut, Ronnie Bowman, Sherrill Jennings, Larry Sparks, Ralph Stanley, and Tim O’Brien. 

Some tunes, such as "Love Stay Away from Me," move at a bluesy mid-tempo backwoods pace, while others like "Same Old Place" are slow elbow-bending ballads, but when called for New Found Road can burn 'em down with blistering tempos as they demonstrate on their instrumental "Piledriver." Tim Shelton sings all of the lead vocals. His rich country tenor is smooth yet not overly slick. Jr. Williams’ backing vocals add an extra dimension of drive and complexity to harmonies. On the instrumental side mandolin player Joe Booher delivers hot solos as well as sensitive double stop backing fills. Guest appearances by Justin Moses on resonator guitar, Jim VanCleve and Brandon Goodman on fiddle spice up the breaks on several tunes, but even without the extra firepower New Found Road can pick with the best of 'em.

Co-produced by New Found Road and Jim VanCleve, and recorded and engineered by David Hall at the Omni Sound and 1808 studios in Nashville, Same Old Place sounds finely polished. Some songs, such as the acapella "Give Me Jesus," have a bit too much artificial reverb for my tastes, but most of the material is recorded so that the process or sound never obscures the music’s natural acoustic properties.

If you like your bluegrass heartfelt and straight, New Found Road’s Same Old Place should be in your CD library. 















































Quick Links

Audiophile Review Magazine
High-End Audio Equipment Reviews


Equipment Review Archives
Turntables, Cartridges, Etc
Digital Source
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Cables, Wires, Etc
Loudspeakers/ Monitors
Headphones, IEMs, Tweaks, Etc
Ultra High-End Audio Reviews


Enjoy the Music.TV


Editorials By Tom Lyle
Viewpoint By Roger Skoff
Viewpoint By Steven R. Rochlin
Various Think Pieces
Manufacturer Articles

Show Reports
Pacific Audio Fest 2022 Report
T.H.E. Show 2022 Report
HIGH END Munich 2022
AXPONA 2022 Show Report
CanJam Singapore 2022 Report
Salon Audio Montréal Audiofest 2022
Florida Audio Expo 2022
AudioCon Los Angeles 2022
Capital Audiofest 2021 Show
The HiFi Summit Q2 2021
T.H.E. Show 2021 Report
The HiFi Summit Q4 2020
The HiFi Summit Q2 2020
Bristol Hi-Fi Show Report 2020
Click here for previous shows.


Audiophile Contests
Cool Free Stuff For You
Tweaks For Your System
Vinyl Logos For LP Lovers
Lust Pages Visual Beauty


Resources & Information
Music Definitions
Hi-Fi Definitions


Daily Industry News

High-End Audio News & Information


Partner Print Magazines
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
hi-fi+ Magazine
HiFi Media
Hi-Fi World
Sound Practices
The Absolute Sound
VALVE Magazine


For The Press & Industry
About Us
Press Releases
Official Site Graphics


Contests & Our Mailing List

Our free newsletter for monthly updates & enter our contests!




Home   |   Industry News   |   Equipment Reviews   |   Press Releases   |   About Us   |   Contact Us


All contents copyright©  1995 - 2022  HighEndAudio.com and Enjoy the Music.com®
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.