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Review: The McEuen Sessions - For All the Good

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For All The GoodThis album is the best of times and is certainly acoustically correct. The McEuen sessions bring a soulful bond of family together in an artistic album of 15 tracks that will please fans of just about any form of acoustic music as John, Nathan and Jonathan settle down to record together for this special project. The McEuen Sessions: For All the Good is as Americana as it gets -- a bit of bluegrass, a bit of blues, a bit of folk and more.

These acoustic travelers have performed together and apart around the globe. From the early beginning with John McEuen and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, through the Circle Album and now, For All the Good brings the good energy to fruitation in a disc full of emotion, experience and personality of the McEuen family.

The three have come together through their travels of space and time to this place of their careers. The "Grand Design" puts it together nicely with a smooth flow that is natural and flowing. From the opening "Long Hard Road" the album emotes variety, diversity and the elements that define unique individual identities. Each song, as the members who perform them, has its own unique sound and identity. It is an amazing collection of music.

The musicianship is well played. Never too much. Never too little. There is a natural balance of instruments, vocals, and songs that blend and weave throughout the entire compilation. The instrumental conversation within "Hills of Sylmar" and "Quicker at the Draw" illustrate what happens with this kind of bond joins to perform together.

Classics, traditionals and new material round out the album when songs like "Old Shep" and "Only You and I Know" are performed in the company of new original material like "Love Word" and Nathan's "Dinner!" Here is an album that appeals to all the dimension of acoustic music. For All the Good transcends genre and age as the album breaks free of the bonds of tradition while, maintaining traditional roots.

The liner notes are as artistic as the album. They are not your run of the mill plastic and paper, this is a true album package thoughtfully created with a book composed by the McEuen trio. The book exposes the feelings of the family towards each other and the music. The times when they weren't able to be together to this project where they spent days close together are drawn out. In closing, John gives recognition to masters we have recently lost including Earl Scruggs and Doug Dillard as well as Jimmy Ibbotson.

For All the Good is about as good as it gets. For those who desire a natural world, The McEuen Sessions: For All the Good won't disappoint. It is the best of times.

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