The first release of the year by a major bluegrass act belongs to Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out. “Timeless Hits From The Past… Bluegrassed,” an exclusive release from Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is one that the IBMA Award-winning group is very excited to get out to the people.
“We threw some ideas toward each other,” Moore tells Billboard, “and what we settled on for the theme of the recording were songs that influenced us individually and as a band as we were growing up listening to music, and how it shaped us into the artists and musicians that we are today.”
One such song is the Glen Campbell classic “Gentle On My Mind,” which Moore says takes him back to sitting in front of the television circa 1969. “I remember my mom and dad watching the ‘Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.’ We used to watch that all the time, and I remember him singing it quite a bit. It was one of the last songs we decided to do. Steve Dilling (the group’s banjo player) called me one day, and said ‘This is a song that influenced us all, and John Hartford was so well known in the bluegrass circles.’ It was a great fit for the recording, and was a great song to kick off the CD with.”
Feels Like Home, is an experimental folk album. It’s centered around a narrative that songwriter, Chris Schellenbach, describes as the feeling you get growing up in a small town. Layered with nostalgic melodies, imagery, and lyrics, Chris Schellenbach’s reflects that he’s, “Always trying to return to the basics, and I feel like that’s what this album is about, a return to elemental things.”