Music Review

Book Reviews and Reading Diary
CD Buying Guide and Music Links
Best-of lists
CD Reviews
CDs, sorted by Style
CDs, sorted by year issued
CDs, sorted by publication review ran in
CDs by San Diego bands
All CDs, sorted by band name
All CDs, sorted by album title
Favorite quotations
Contact Me

A new look at old-timey

On the Road to Prosperity
On the Road to Prosperity
By Roger Bellow and the Drifting Troubadours

Flying Fish Records: 1991

This review first appeared in the June 12, 1992 issue of the North County Blade-Citizen (now North County Times).

If you miss the grand days of Rose Maddox and the Carter Family, then Roger Bellow is likely to grab your attention. This is the real stuff here, old time country, played with talent and respect.

While Bellow doesn't have the world's greatest voice, he has an excellent ear for finding old gems. Traditional favorites such as "Did the Man in the Moon Come From Texas," "Kentucky Means Paradise" and Don Reno's "I'm the Talk of the Town" are all found here, among others of similar quality.

And Bellow surrounds himself with musicians as good as the songs; people such as vocalist Melba Montgomery, pedal steel guitarist Don Helms, and Gordon Terry on fiddle.

The arrangements are simple, the musicianship stellar (Bellow plays a mean fiddle in addition to singing); it'd be hard to go wrong with this one.