Blue Cactus Choir’s New Bluegrass Album

Blue Cactus Choir – Once In A Bluegrass Moon
*** (out of 4 stars)
Label: Porgy Records

Blue Cactus Choir offers a mix of bluegrass, light country, feel-good folk and that sort laid-back of music that seems vaguely familiar and oh-so-comforting to listen to. The essence and soul of the music are Katy Boyd and Marty Atkinson. Their new album is Once In A Bluegrass Moon and it is a generous collection of twenty-one tracks.

The album features some of the best players in Nashville, including: Gary Smith (piano), Justin Moses (banjo/fiddle/mandolin), Mark Fein (bass), Fats Kalpin (steel guitar), Thomm Jutz (guitar/keyboards), Lynn Williams (drums), and Steve Brewster (drums). Production values here are as consistent as the tight supporting band. Katy Boyd and Marty Atkinson are well-paired; Boyd is more sassy, Atkinson is more reserved. Together, they make a nice balance and their modern bluegrass musical sensibilities combine perfectly.

The casual approach to the songs delivered here is a refreshing contrast to the hard-sell of country radio these days. These are infectious songs that will make any lucky listener just feel good… and likely turn up the volume for a change.

Essential Downloads: “Avalon,” “Don’t Send Me Flowers,” “It’s Your Move,” “Sweet Love.”

To preview or purchase this album on Amazon, click here.

Greg Victor

Greg Victor (Parcbench Culture Editor) covers the worlds of tennis and country music for Parcbench. Based in New York City and frequently on the road.

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  • Katy Boyd

    Really wonderful review!!! Thank you!

  • James S. Atkinson

    Sounds real good folks the only thing I had to wait till the very end to see you smile