Where Roads Divide

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One might not automatically assume that Wildfire is a bluegrass band by glancing at the front cover of their sophomore effort. Dressed in black against a barren backdrop, the group looks like a band of desperados who forgot their guns. Like country music in general, contemporary bluegrass bands are no longer limited to rural imagery when creating a personal style. But make no mistake about it: Wildfire is a bluegrass band. Where Roads Divide picks up where Uncontained left off with one exception: banjoist Barry Crabtree has filled Scott Vestal's seat in the band. The album contains a mix of originals, bluegrass oldies, and a couple of classics. Lead singer Robert Hale penned/co-penned the catchy "Love Will Make You ...
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One might not automatically assume that Wildfire is a bluegrass band by glancing at the front cover of their sophomore effort. Dressed in black against a barren backdrop, the group looks like a band of desperados who forgot their guns. Like country music in general, contemporary bluegrass bands are no longer limited to rural imagery when creating a personal style. But make no mistake about it: Wildfire is a bluegrass band. Where Roads Divide picks up where Uncontained left off with one exception: banjoist Barry Crabtree has filled Scott Vestal's seat in the band. The album contains a mix of originals, bluegrass oldies, and a couple of classics. Lead singer Robert Hale penned/co-penned the catchy "Love Will Make You Blind" along the spiritually tinged "If You Don't Believe in Miracles" and "Help These Eyes to See." There's a nod to bluegrass forefathers with the inclusion of Don Reno/Bill Monroe's "I'm Afraid My Darlin's Gone" and Jimmy Martin/L.E.White's "The Last Song," along with a fun version of Bill Anderson's "The Lord Knows I'm Drinking." The album closes with "I Don't Know You," a song originally recorded by the New Riders of the Purple Sage. Wildfire speeds up John Dawson's song but maintains its spirit for a fun, three-minute romp. With good harmony, straightforward picking, and solid song selection, Where Roads Divide will please old fans and contemporary bluegrass lovers. ~ sql=A5c6htr3tkl3x
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2003
  • Label: Pinecastle
  • UPC: 755757112727
  • Catalog Number: 1127
  • Sales rank: 196,898

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wildfire Primary Artist
Robert Hale Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Curt Chapman Upright Bass
Phil Leadbetter Guitar, Guitar (Resonator), Vocal Harmony
Barry Crabtree 5-string Banjo
Darrell Webb Mandolin, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Jerry Douglas Liner Notes
Wildfire Arranger, Producer
John Eberle Mastering
Tom Riggs Executive Producer
Jesse Jones Jr. Engineer
Bob Murray Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Original band sound, excellent repertoire, hot pickers, soulful singers, and exceptional arrangements

    Wildfire is Phil Leadbetter (resonator, Weissenborn and E-body guitars), Darrel Webb (mandolin), Robert Hale (guitar) Barry Crabtree (banjo) and Curt Chapman (bass). Leadbetter, Webb and Hale handle the vocals. Wildfire turned a lot of heads with their debut album, Uncontained, in 2001. In fact, they were nominated as IBMA's Emerging Artist of the Year after only one year in the business. Now, the sophomore project from this up-and-coming contemporary bluegrass band shows that the band had matured even more and is poised for greater things to come. Where Roads Divide features three compositions from the band's guitarist Robert Hale, and one from mandolinist Darrell Webb. Hale demonstrates an ability to write both driving numbers like "Love Will Make You Blind," as well as contemporary Gospel with "If You Don't Believe in Miracles" and "Help These Eyes to See." Webb's "All Because of Me" is a high, lonesome prisoner's song with some soaring vocals. Other contemporary songs from Deryl Dodd, Keith Urban, Vernon Rust, Roger Murrah, Jim McBride, John Dawson, Bill Anderson and Steve Wariner are included which result in the project also having crossover potential in the country market. "I Don't Know How To Fix It" is a ripsnorter with some mighty hot picking. The more traditional-sounding Reno/Monroe song, "I'm Afraid My Darlin's Gone" and Jimmy Martin's "The Last Song" round out this project and show that the band has a deep respect and understanding for the roots of the music. I like to see lyrics included in the CD's jacket, as Wildfire has done with this album. The only thing that this project may lack is some hot guest fiddling, which could've really taken a couple of numbers to 110 percent. Wildfire has the necessary elements for great success in the music business: an original band sound, excellent repertoire, hot pickers, soulful singers, and exceptional arrangements. They can add me to their list of fans. Watch these stars rise. (Joe Ross)

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