CD-226 Ethan Hughes "Searching for a Home"
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Ethan Hughes can't remember a time when bluegrass music wasn't being played around his house. Aside from the radio and the record player, his mom and dad had a bluegrass band called Fretloose. Ethan says "I grew up listening to most of these tunes during my parents' Wednesday night band practices. I didn't even know I knew these tunes. I kind of learned them subconsciously I guess." It's obvious from this recording that a lot of things about bluegrass music are rooted in Ethan's subconscious. He learned how to sing and phrase his singing and dobro playing. Perhaps the most important thing that imbedded itself in his subconscious is how to sing and play with taste. Ethan is about 20 years old, but that represents 20 years of listening to and loving good bluegrass music. Most of the musicians on this CD are young men like Ethan, and they play some hot leads and interesting backup, but always with taste. Listening to this CD you never get the impression that any of the musicians are trying to prove how fast or how traditional or how non-traditional they can sing or play. This CD contains inspired impressive music, but it seems to flow out of the musicians with ease and confidence.