Randy Cook & Commonwealth Bluegrass Band

Randy Cook & Commonwealth Bluegrass Band

Jun 27, 2014 |  0 comments
Date: Jun 27, 2014 Time: 8:00 pm Price: $12 in advance, $15 day of show Type: Bluegrass

No strangers to the area bluegrass scene, Randy Cook and Malcolm Pulley have been pickin’ friends for many years and while this is a relatively new group, Cook (mandolin, lead and harmony vocals), Pulley (banjo and harmony vocals), Jason Owen (guitar, lead and harmony vocals), and Lance Seal (bass, lead and harmony vocals) are all strong instrumentalists and vocalists, which makes for a satisfying listening experience. Fans of the modern traditional style should certainly enjoy this effort and look forward to hearing more from the band.

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There’s a certain satisfaction in pressing play and hearing straightforward, modern traditional bluegrass music. While boundary-stretching can certainly open doors to new fans and it’s always interesting to hear new innovations and styles, it’s also nice to come across a band that knows their way around a five-string and a lonesome story. Randy Cook & Commonwealth Bluegrass Band, a new group that hails from the Richmond, VA area, definitely fits that description. With a polished sound that brings to mind groups like IIIrd Tyme Out and the Lonesome River Band, and a debut, self-titled album stocked with well-written originals, they should have no trouble winning new fans.

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