The Railsplitters – Jump In

Album Review | Self Release | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 4/5

Occasionally, a CD drops into your lap and without so much as another thought, goes immediately onto the player.  There’s normally a reason for this; either the cover design is so utterly thrilling you just feel obliged to stick the record on, then again, it might be the name that you recognise and with itching curiosity, you’re overwhelmed with a burning desire to find out what all the fuss is about.  Then there’s always the possibility that you’re entranced by subliminal messages cleverly embossed into the cover, forcing your hand, but I think that’s unlikely.  Usually, and certainly in the case of Jump In, it’s because you’re already very much familiar with the band’s golden track record and you know instinctively that you’re in for a treat once again.  Five years in and with one or two line-up changes along the way, the Railsplitters’ third outing follows their self-titled debut The Railsplitters (2013) and their second helping The Faster it Goes (2015), and brings with it a further ten immediately accessible songs and tunes as we pretty much knew it would.  The Colorado-based bluegrass quintet serve up the material with no small measure of maturity, vigour and professionalism, with great songs and stirring tunes right from the heart.  Lauren Stovall’s distinctive vocal delivery is very much there again, along with Dusty Rider’s busy banjo playing and Peter Sharpe’s equally busy mandolin playing.  Joe D’Esposito’s assured fiddle playing dove-tails into the mix whilst Leslie Ziegler drives it all along with her double bass.  Never failing to miss their stride throughout the album, the Railsplitters provide just a taster of what we should expect to find on the band’s forthcoming tour.  I can’t help thinking that it’s going to be even better than before.