The Cumberland Gap Connection is a bluegrass quartet out of Tennessee and Kentucky. Their new album, Whole Lotta Lonesome, is apparently, their fourth album, but it’s the first time I’ve ever heard of them.
For anyone even slightly familiar with this music scene, the band’s name will pretty much tell you everything you need to know about the band’s sound. The band is a fairly straightforward string quartet with enough talent and songwriting chops to go around, but there’s really nothing about them that “stands out”, if you know what I mean. I’m pressed to describe their sound as The Fox Hunt’s responsible parents’ string band. That said, not every band has to be out there pushing boundaries and forging new paths within genres. There is always, in my opinion, a place for bands that wanna play the classic styles and just play them well, and in that sense Cumberland Gap Connection succeeds where plenty of others have failed.
So if the idea of a tight and talented, albeit straightforward, string/bluegrass band sounds good to you, then check out Cumberland Gap Connection.