Album Review of
For Those Who Care To Listen

Written by Joe Ross
March 30, 2020 - 3:07pm EDT
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From Mississippi, Glen Harrell (fiddle, lead vocals) and Patton Wages (banjo) started Volume Five in 2009. Originally hired to play mandolin, Jacob Burleson’s joined them in 2016 and now picks guitar in the band. In 2017, Volume Five won IBMA Awards for Emerging Artist of the Year and Song of the Year (for “I Am a Drifter” on their 2016 Drifter album).  While they’ve had a few personnel changes over the years, their eighth album on the Mountain Fever label includes Harrell, Wages and Burleson, along with Jeff Partin (bass, Dobro) and Adam Steffey (mandolin). The cohesive band offers passionate vocals, solid song selection, straightforward picking and good harmony. Glen Harrell wrote “Loneliness and Time” and “Use Me Lord,” while Jeff Partin penned and sings lead on the up-tempo “Somewhere.” The band has an affinity for songs that tell stories like “The Army Vet Song,” “The Story of Simon Lowe” and “The 15th of October.” Volume Five is a fine contemporary bluegrass band. I’d certainly recommend that you take a moment to give them a listen.  (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)