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Johnny Campbell & The Bluegrass Drifters / Press

“Just had to tell you how much I loved your project. The vocals both lead and harmony were superb, & the instrumental work was awesome! You have repeated the sound that is no longer heard in bluegrass music today! It is the sound that was heard in the late 40's & early 50's. You have taken bluegrass music back to its roots! This project yells out, "listen to me, I have something important to say". I played this project numerous times, & it sounded fresh & new each time I played it. On a scale of 1 to 10, this is definitely a 10... I can't wait to share it with my listeners. Regards, Al Shusterman KCBL Radio”

Al Shusterman - KCBL News

“When you grow up around a Grandpa that plays fiddle, and you grow up in a house where your Dad and brother plays fiddle, you are setting your self up for this whole “osmosis” phenomenon. The Monroe vibe is highly conspicuous on nearly every cut. However Johnny and the Drifters are brave enough to stray, ever so slightly, from Monroe-ism with their rendition of Jimmy Henson's folky “Lonesome Feeling.” The Bluegrass Drifter's cover of traditional / public domain song “Gospel Plow” tells me that they may have even listened to a few Nashville Bluegrass Band tunes along the way. Johnny Campbell & The Bluegrass Drifters mix of the oldish and newish works well on this CD. Intertwined are several of Johnny's original compositions that fit like a glove. My ears perked up when I heard the Dobro / Fiddle harmonies on instrumental “Runnin' Late.” This CD is proof that traditions are still being passed from generation to generation. Thanks to guys like Johnny Campbell, this music wi”

“Johnny Campbell and wife, Whitney Campbell’s recording captures a recording sound that was common until the early 1980’s and that some Bluegrass listeners might find refreshing, in a musically rugged, bare-bones sort of way. This is the recording quality and ‘feel’ of Bluegrass productions in a bygone era. This project features twelve selections including four original works with the balance ranging from cuts like Curly Seckler’s, Old Book of Mine and Bill Monroe’s Letter from My Darling to Dan Seals’ Heading West. There’s not much in the way of personal artistic innovation here, just old-timey Bluegrass such as might appear at a large regional Bluegrass festival. The overall feel of this CD is very traditional. Vocal duos are Johnny and Whitney’s forte and the vocal cuts are exclusively those of Johnny and Whitney, who blend quite well. One of my favorites is their original song Angel From on High, which features Whitney’s lonesome and lower-register vocal timbre”

“This is a stunningly tight bluegrass band, but they also sound a little like traditional country to me. First song out of the chute, "Gospel Plow" is exactly that. The tempo is one of those songs that just automatically want you to snap your fingers and sway with the rhythm. The first instrument that attracted my attention in the first song was the Dobro played so super well. The second thing I noticed really fast was what a master of the fiddle John Campbell is. He sticks closely to the 'roots' of good Bluegrass music and certainly brings his enthusiasm and charisma to the bow and strings upon which he plays. This short representation of the CD to come, definitely gives the listener a true Bluegrass experience. Johnny stays right on line all the way through. Like Johnny I say "let's pick." That's what this 'kind' of music is all about. "Keep your hand on the throttle and hold on."”

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