No Boundaries

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
It probably wouldn't be accurate to describe the Mark Newton Band as a purely traditional outfit, but the band nonetheless approaches bluegrass in an old-fashioned way. First, take the group's approach to songs. Instead of writing its own material, the Mark Newton Band has chosen the majority of its dozen songs from traditional and contemporary writers outside of the band. And while guitarist Newton, bassist Bob Goff, mandolinist/fiddler Troy Engle, and banjoist Mike Munford can pick with the best of them, the emphasis on No Boundaries is on the songs themselves. The album gets a spry start with Billy Smith and Tom T. Hall's "Blues for Breakfast": a fun down-and-out ...
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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
It probably wouldn't be accurate to describe the Mark Newton Band as a purely traditional outfit, but the band nonetheless approaches bluegrass in an old-fashioned way. First, take the group's approach to songs. Instead of writing its own material, the Mark Newton Band has chosen the majority of its dozen songs from traditional and contemporary writers outside of the band. And while guitarist Newton, bassist Bob Goff, mandolinist/fiddler Troy Engle, and banjoist Mike Munford can pick with the best of them, the emphasis on No Boundaries is on the songs themselves. The album gets a spry start with Billy Smith and Tom T. Hall's "Blues for Breakfast": a fun down-and-out story of love gone stale. There's also an exciting take on the traditional "Cindy": a quick little romp with a number of pithy, upbeat solos. Newton, Goff, Munford, and Engle sweeten the choruses of these songs with a sprightly harmony that heightens the emotional appeal of the lyrics. There's a laid-back take on the Jimmy Martin tune "Losing You," with some nice, bluesy banjo licks by Munford, and a nimble version of "Railroad Dollar" that rolls along at a happy pace. No Boundaries is a satisfying sophomore effort by the Mark Newton Band, and will probably leave fans wanting even more.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2003
  • Label: Rebel Records
  • UPC: 032511179524
  • Catalog Number: 111795
  • Sales rank: 273,863

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Newton Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Ronnie Simpkins Bass
Mike Munford Banjo, Baritone (Vocal)
Troy Engle Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal)
Bob Goff Jr. Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Technical Credits
Toy Caldwell Composer
Tim Austin Engineer
Mark Newton Producer
Jim Robeson Engineer
Bill Wolf Mastering
Scott Bolen Engineer
J.P. Nestor Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Class bluegrass outfit with high-tone players and singers!

    Mark Newton hails from Kentucky, and he currently lives in Virginia. At age 14, he played in his father's band, Frog Newton and the Tadpoles. After his first band (Cabin Hill) in the mid-70s, Newton joined the Heights of Grass in 1976. Two years later, he was playing with the Knoxville Grass before rejoining the Heights of Grass in 1981. In 1983, four of the five members of the Heights of Grass formed the Virginia Squires. Newton decided to quit the music business in 1988. A couple years later, he formed the Mark Newton Entertainment Agency and began promoting the Graves Mountain Bluegrass Festival in Virginia. In 1998, Mark recorded his first solo album, "Living a Dream" with Bill Emerson, Ralph Stanley, Tony Rice, Dudley Connell, and others. The following year, The Mark Newton band formed. Newton's solo album called "Follow Me Back to the Fold" featured duets with Rhonda Vincent, Lynn Morris, Claire Lynch, Dale Ann Bradley, other women singers. That project won the IBMA for Recorded Event of the Year for 2001. Mark Newton's band debuted on record in 2001 with "Charlie Lawson's Still," the title track which spent eight months on the Bluegrass Unlimited chart. "No Boundaries" marks the release of the second album for The Mark Newton Band. It includes songs from bandmembers Mike Munford (banjo) and Troy Engle (mandolin, fiddle), as well as Tom T. and Dixie Hall, Jimmy Martin, Tim O'Brien, Randall Hylton, Billy Smith and Becky Buller. To some, the project may seem a bit contrived with the familiar bluegrass themes of lost love, home, rambling fever and trains. However, the hook in "Blues for Breakfast," the lonely bluesy licks of "Cabin in the Trees," the vocal harmonies in "A Beautiful Home," and Troy Engle's twin fiddles in "Heartaches and Teardrops" bring expert new contemporary bluegrass sensibilities to old subjects that have been sung about for ages. Their breakdown treatment of "Cindy" is a showcase for some hot picking. Tim O'Brien's "Train on the Island" is a contemporary song that regularly returns to a melodic old-timey sounding riff. The cover of Jimmy Martin's "Losing You" might be the "best thing yet" with the strings shining on their breaks. Mike Munford's instrumental "Linedrive" comes off as sharp as a razor. The album closes with bassplayer Bob Goff, Jr. singing lead on "Railroad Dollar," followed by Troy Engle singing his self-penned clipper, "Only Way I Know." Besides Newton, Munford, Engle and Goff, the album features guest bassist Ronnie Simpkins on three cuts. It might not even have hurt to bring in some hot lead guitar and dobro guests on a couple tracks. The Mark Newton Band is a very solid bluegrass quartet with some high-tone players and singers. They're a class outfit, and this album is right smooth. It's got all the necessary ingredients to further launch this fine band to even greater heights. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

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