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band’s earliest albums. Born To Be Blue was chosen to be the first single and is probably a perfect choice, being a terrific foil for Raul’s velvety smooth crooning, with Eddie playing a wonderful guitar solo. Come Unto Me is one of those songs

that raises the temperature with its Cuban melody and sexy dance rhythm, with Michael Guerra once more superb on accordion. Fall Apart again has that fabulous rhythm that only The Mavericks seem to be able to produce. If they could bottle it, they’d make a fortune. Amsterdam Moon has Raul doing some of his finest crooning, putting me in mind of Dean Martin. As Long As There’s Loving Tonight will definitely have people up dancing at the concerts with its infectious rhythm, rocking guitar solos and horns aplenty. Although I love the dance tunes and fun

tracks, I feel you still cannot beat Raul’s voice on ballads, nailing it perfectly on the gorgeous In Another’s Arms. Raul Malo is probably my favourite male singer and to me he has one of the best voices around at the moment. The final track has to be my standout song on the album, Call Me When You Get To Heaven. It relies firmly on Raul’s emotionally-charged vocals as it builds and builds to a steaming hot finale. No need to pay good money for a sauna; just put this track on loud whilst sitting in a room and you’ll find by the end of it you’ll be sweating off pounds. I just hope that this album takes off in

America, as I believe the lack of sales across the pond was the cause of the group’s split. The UK album release has an extra track Dance In The Moonlight. Although not as strong as the rest of the tracks, it’s still a fine, fun dance song. The Mavericks are back and are better

than ever. David Knowles

The Time Jumpers THE TIME JUMPERS Rounder Records 11661-9148 HHHHH The real deal when it comes to traditional country For more than a dozen years the Time

Jumpers have been thrilling music lovers every Monday night in Nashville. Initially they set up residence in famed bluegrass venue the Station Inn, but having outgrown

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that intimate venue, they moved across town to the larger 3rd & Lindsley nightclub. The individual members of the group have years of session playing and touring under their belts. They’ve played on sessions with everyone from Alan Jackson to George Jones, even pop and rock acts like Robert Plant, Barbra Streisand and Megadeth. The group plays a jazzy, big band-flavoured style of country music called western swing. The sound is peppy and textured with triple fiddles, twin guitars, accordion, stand-up bass, drums, five singers and a pedal steel that whines and rumbles like a speeding train. Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill would often sit-in unobtrusively with the group on a regular basis, and now he has become a fully-fledged member alongside Dennis Crouch (upright bass), Larry Franklin (fiddle), Paul Franklin (steel guitar), ‘Ranger Doug’ Green (vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar), Andy Reis (electric guitar), Dawn Sears (vocals), Kenny Sears (vocals, fiddle), Joe Spivey (fiddle, vocals), Jeff Taylor (accordion, piano) and Billy Thomas (drums, vocals). A typical Time Jumpers set includes some

honky-tonk shuffles, some cowboy songs and a good helping of western swing, and that’s just what you get here. Previously they’ve released a live CD/DVD, but this is their first studio album and it features a whole host of original songs and tunes, five of them written by Gill, alongside those by Kenny Sears, Dawn Sears, ‘Ranger Doug’ plus revivals of Mundo Earwood’s Texas On A Saturday Night and Harlan Howard’s Someone Had To Teach You. The latter, previously recorded by George Strait amongst others, gets a revamp from the female side with Dawn Sears handling the lead vocal supported by the harmonies of Thomas and Gill and great tripple fiddles to create a fantastic traditional country sound. In Nothing But The Blues we find a toe-tapping, swing tune with Kenny Sears taking the lead and Taylor’s accordion very much to the fore. Vince Gill’s The Woman Of My Dreams has a smooth, delightful shuffle groove with expressive vocals and moving Dawn Sears harmonies. Dawn’s soulful imploring So Far Apart and Gill’s confessional Three Sides To Every Story are pure traditional country tear-jerkers, but—truly, there’s not a weak track in the bunch. The Time Jumpers years of playing have created a mature well-travelled sound, a telepathic pickin’ style filled with mesmerising interplay, and intoxicating rhythms that energise

every tune. If this album doesn’t lift the top of your head off, you have no feeling for genuine country music. Alan Cackett

Various TRANS- ATLANTIC SESSIONS 5 VOLUME ONE Whirlie Records- WHIRLIECD25 HHHH This wonderful music series just keeps on going Now in its fifth series, Transatlantic

Sessions keeps mixing some of the finest talents in music from both sides of the water, and putting them up either in a large house or hotel in the middle of nowhere somewhere in Scotland to record this popular TV music series. On this first volume of the CD set, it

engages the listener into some finely woven tunes, delicately performed by some ace musicians and singers. Fiddle maestro, Aly Bain starts the proceedings off with the instrumental medley The Boys Of 2/The Glass Of Beer. This is a tremendously jolly and lively jig that gets you in the mood for this great CD. American blues singer and guitarist, Eric

Bibb is fabulous on the smooth, flowing Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad. Bela Fleck’s banjo picking is masterful on Falani, alongside the brilliant Dobro playing of Jerry Douglas. Whilst Scotland’s Eddi Reader sings beautifully on Leezie Lindsay, Alison Krauss is enchanting on the gorgeous Lay My Burden Down; Sarah Jarosz enthralling the listener as she tells the story of Annabel Lee, a song inspired by the poem written by Edgar Allan Poe. The top class Transatlantic house band

comprising Aly Bain, Jerry Douglas, Russ Barenberg, John Doyle, Nollaig Casey, John McCusker, Michael McGoldrick, Donald Shaw, Danny Thompson and James Mackintosh, is joined by a mega guest list of Sam Bush, Phil Cunningham, Amos Lee, Donal Lunny, Kathleen MacInnes, Iain Morrison, Jim Murray, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Declan O’Rourke, Dirk Powell, Sharon Shannon, plus (as mentioned above) Eric Bibb, Alison Krauss, Sarah Jarosz, Bela Fleck and Eddi Reader. A fabulous folk music collaboration.

David Knowles

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