14 Songs, 40 Minutes

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Blugrass gold that's out of the mold

Eric Lewis and Andy Ratliff manage to make some of the finest bluegrass out there, with just two instruments and two voices. Its obvious they've grown up with the classics - the nods to Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers and church hymns are all over this CD - but Eric and ANdy are not afraid to color out of the lines just a bit. Lewis picks guitar, mandolin and dobro, while Ratliff plays banjo, guitar and mandolin, each of them with the proficiency and fire of Nashville's best.

The not so secret ingredient is their close harmony singing, with Ratliff's rich baritone complimented by Lewis's reedy tenor harmonies. On "In the Pines," Lewis sings a haunting duet with his mother, and the three part harmony (and writing) on Kaintuck is astounding.

Ratliff's dog, Edgar, howls along on a number, hence the CD's title. Good job - good dog!

It is a mystery to me why these guys are not at the top of every Bluegrass Festival line up!