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|Marty Raybon||Primary Artist, Vocals, Vocal Harmony|
|Bryan Sutton||Guitar, Mandolin|
|Tim Raybon||Vocal Harmony|
|Sonya Issacs||Vocals, Vocal Harmony|
|Tim Austin||Executive Producer|
Posted October 1, 2010
Since his long and successful stint with the band Shenandoah, singer Marty Raybon has released a duo album (with his brother), some gospel albums, a solo country album, and now a peppy bluegrass album. Raybon is a talented music veteran who was solidly grounded in bluegrass music early in his life as a member of his family band, the American Bluegrass Express. He then moved to Nashville and went country in 1984. He has shown that he can choose good material, assemble first-rate musicians, write excellent songs, and sing them with genuine and warm sincerity. "Full Circle" offers newly-arranged traditional favorites from Flatt and Scruggs (Down the Road), Bill Monroe (Rocky Road Blues, White House Blues), and Jimmy Martin (Home Run Man, Prayer Bells of Heaven, The Last Song). In addition, the album includes remakes of two Shenandoah hits (Ghost in this House, and Next To You, Next To Me) and one cut from his solo country album of 2000 (Ghost in this House). Three new songs were written or co-written by Raybon (That's One, All in the Hands of Jesus, Webster's Definition) including one (Everything) featuring guest vocalist Sonya Isaacs. "All in the Hands of Jesus" is simply a fantastic song that deserves considerable airplay as it climbs the bluegrass gospel charts. The album also features some stellar bluegrass musicians with David Talbot (banjo), Bryan Sutton (guitar and mandolin), Donnie Allen (rhythm guitar), Shad Cobb (fiddle), Rob Ickes (resonator guitar), and Terry Smith (bass). Harmony vocalist Paul Brewster also assists. The result is an inspired bluegrass album that will knock your socks off. "Full Circle" offers some grandacious 'grass. In addition, the album has the added bonus of various bright and breezy, slower acoustic country offerings interspersed between the high-geared bluegrass. Watch for Marty Raybon on the road. You'll be in for a highly entertaining and professional show once he assembles a bluegrass band to tour and promote this album project. It's great to see him back among the bluegrass fold. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.