Releases this week by Pierce Pettis and Riders in Sky had Folk Alley host Jim Blum all a flutter. Singer/songwriter Pierce Pettis has always been one of Jim’s favorites and he has high praise for his new effort: Great Big World on the Compass label. Lots of fine artists stopped by to add their talents to the album, including Compass leader and banjo genius Alison Brown.
When I asked Jim about the new Riders in the Sky album, he said, “These guys are my heroes!” The new CD, out on Rounder, is called Riders in the Sky Present: Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier. It’s a collection of songs from everyone’s favorite cowboys celebrating one of America’s most beloved statesmen and frontiersfolk.