Flatt Lonesome is compelling evidence that the future of bluegrass music is in talented, capable and passionate hands. On this, their debut release on Pisgah Ridge Records, they play with a nostalgic, traditional feel, the result being an authentic homage to their predecessors.
Their vocals shine with a “family” flavor that only siblings seem to naturally and inherently possess. Kelsi, Charli and Buddy Robertson sing three part harmony with the ease of having been born to do it, and in my humble opinion, they have the potential to one day be as good as the Whites or the Isaacs. As young as they are, and as good as they are, it’s only a matter of time.
All three take their turn at singing lead, with the other two harmonizing wonderfully, but, I especially like to hear Charli sing lead and Kelsi sing the harmony under, rather than over, the lead vocal. It makes for a sound not unlike the Everly Brothers had, and Buddy seems to slide in and out between the other two parts at will, adding a third completely individualistic texture to their vocal blend. These familial vocals are the bands primary asset.
Instrumentally, Kelsi plays mandolin, Buddy is on guitar and Charli handles the fiddling. They are joined by Michael Stockton on resophonic guitar, Dominic Illingworth on upright bass and Kelsi’s husband, Paul Harrigill, on banjo. Their combined musicianship is their second major asset.