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Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass play powerful, unadorned, and intense traditional bluegrass. There is no hybrid or genre-bending music here. It is music borne of the vibrant old time southern fiddle bands, as well as the lone- some moans o| the backwoods mountain blues. The instruments blaze with energy while the songs reveal a paradoxical, desperate sadness anchoring the music squarely in the classic bluegrass tradition. Danny Paisley and the Years! GREAT Pizza Burgers Tacos ;alads Broasted Chicken Check out our Pizza & Lunch Specials! WE DELIVER TO THE CAMPGROUND@ MARNANTELI'$ Highway 23 Cold Spring 685-3083 Southern Grass combine those forces with a drive and energy that takes over your senses. It is music you not only hear, but feel in your gut. The power and soulful nature of Danny's lead singing on The Room Over Mine, their first album for Rounder Records, will quickly get the attention of those hearing this band for the first time. You'll feel the power in his upper range and be struck by the contrasting blues-filled emotion in his lower range. Not surprisingly, Danny grew up listening to the music his father played and enjoyed hearing. The house was filled with the sounds of classic bluegrass like Red Allen, Mac Martin, Bill Monroe, the Stanleys, Reno and Smiley, and the Osbornes, in addition to old time mountain music and traditional country music. Although he can name a variety of early country performers he admired, George Jones and Vern Gosdin are the first names he men- tions. And after listening to Danny sing, those choices are no surprise. There is that deep bluesy vocal side of real country music that influenced Danny and others, but which few are comfortable with and capable of singing. Dan's voice captures that sound like no one else in bluegrass today. A near cult following has tracked Dan's work first with the Southern Mountain Boys, then his father, and now on his own. But many prominent musicians, including Alison Krauss, have counted Danny as one of their favorite singers for some time now. The Southern Grass is a band deeply rooted in tradition, on many levels. It was formed and fronted first by Bob Paisley, the father of Danny and Michael Paisley. Bob was born in Ashe County, North Carolina on March 14, 1931 and grew up surrounded by family and neighbors whose principal joy in life was making this music. His mother played guitar, his father clawhammer banjo, and an uncle (Wiley Paisley) and cousin were members of the North Carolina Ridge Runners. It was only natural that he brought his innate talent to bear on this music. Bob's son Danny Paisley was born in Landenberg Pennsylvania on April 4, 1 959. His father's family had located there from Ashe County, North Carolina seeking employment and an opportunity for a better life. Danny and his brother Michael inherited their love of and talent for this music honestly and it seems, in retrospect, they were destined to carry on this tradition. Bob Paisley joined the Southern Mountain Boys as lead singer in 1960. In 1979, Bob Paisley left the Southern Mountain Boys to form his own band, the Southern Grass. Danny played guitar and shared lead vocals with his dad, His brother Michael joined on bass. The Southern Grass performed nationwide and throughout Canada and Europe, and recorded several albums and CDs for the Brandywine and Strictly Country labels. Bob Paisley died November 29, 2004. It was obviously a difficult time for Dan, personally and professionally. His father influenced his life and music and was the man he stood next to on stage for 32 years. Could he - and did he want to - go on with his music? After careful thought, Danny and the entire band decided to continue the Paisley and Lundy tradition by not only continuing to perform but by expanding their touring and recording frontiers. As The Room Over Mine proudly reflects, it is proving to be a great way to honor and preserve the memory and music of their families. The Grass Series is a nifty CD collection that blends different popular artists and musical styles from the past few decades with bluegrass music. Everyone wiU enjoy this exceptionally produced GRASS SERIES performed with authentic bluegrass instruments by some of NashviU.els top musicians. PAGE 10