Blue Highway execute an impressive bluegrass triple play on their debut recording for Rounder, matching their instrumental prowess with expert vocals and fine songwriting. In Rob Ickes, a Dobro player of superior talent, this popular quintet have a virtuoso who brings zest and flash to everything they do. Not that his bandmates are slouches -- Tim Stafford on guitar, Shawn Lane on mandolin and fiddle, Jason Burleson on banjo, and Wayne Taylor on bass are all formidable musicians who mesh beautifully to fill out the band’s sound with style. Their supple vocal harmonies captivate, and the distinct lead vocals of Lane, Taylor, and Stafford lend variety to the top-quality compositions that make up Still Climbing Mountains. Produced by another Dobro player of distinction, Jerry Douglas, and featuring a harmony vocal from Alison Krauss on “The Seventh Angel,” this polished recording should elevate Blue Mountain to the top echelon of contemporary bluegrass bands.