8. Kathy Kallick Band: Between the Hollow and the High-Rise (2010)
I heard “The Girl Next Door” on a podcast and I was hooked. The rest of this album stands up to my first impression and I’ve been coming back to this record a lot over these last few months. Kathy Kallick was an original member of Good Ol’ Persons and has been on the west coast bluegrass scene since the 1970s. This recording has a nice mix of originals by Kallick and members of her band along with very good covers including “Get Along Home Cindy”, The Louvin Brothers’s gospel song “There’s a Higher Power,” and a welcome re-working of “White House Blues” with new lyrics by Kallick to reflect a more recent Presidency.
This was my favorite bluegrass record in a year filled with quite a bit of good bluegrass and old-time music. I mentioned Tim O’Brien a couple days ago, and I also enjoyed the releases from Red Molly and The Infamous Stringdusters.