Carolina Crossing releases self-titled album

By Derek Halsey (

Article Published: Mar. 6, 2013 | Modified: Mar. 6, 2013
Carolina Crossing releases self-titled album

“Carolina Crossing” is the latest album by the bluegrass group of the same name, based here in Boone.

The band is made up of both local musicians and a couple from Eastern Tennessee.

Bass player and lead vocalist Gary Trivette resides here in Watauga County and used to play in the band, Southern Accent. Banjo picker Curtis Main is also a local boy who was formerly in the group, Familiar Ground. The lead guitarist on the album is Tyler Thompson. Playing guitar, fiddle and adding harmony vocals is Corey Pittman, and holding the mandolin chair on the recording is Blake Vance.

“Carolina Crossing” is a mix of older bluegrass standards and original compositions. The album starts off with the Bill Browning-penned classic, “Dark Hollow.” While some contemporary bluegrass bands tend to shy away from the “country-boy-goes-to-town” scenario, this song still rings true. With lyrics like, “I’d rather be in some dark hollow, where the sun don’t ever shine, than to be in some big city, in a small room with you on my mind,” the sentiment is still appreciated by many here who never left the High Country, as well as those who have gone and returned.

Other covers featured on “Carolina Crossing” include “Heart of a Mountain Girl,” written by Marshall Wilborn, who is the four-time and current International Bluegrass Music Association Bass Player of the Year.

“He Rode All The Way To Texas” was composed by John Starling, original member of the legendary Seldom Scene band, and “Wild Bill Jones” is attributed to local great Doc Watson.

Trivette contributes four cuts to the album, including “Ball and Chain” and “Daddy Would Sing,” a song about memories of the old home place. Cain brings three original songs to the table, including the mountain man-themed “Forty Acres.”

The “Carolina Crossing” album is made up of good, local traditional bluegrass. The tempos are kept pretty steady, as there are no hyper-speed barn burners on here. But the picking is solid with a good, down-home feel of Blue Ridge mountain air running through the music at all times.

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