I've been aware of Terry Baucom's banjo expertise for many years. Bluegrass banjo artists that rise above the norm are the extreme. Scruggs, Crowe, Munde, Shelor and Terry Baucom are in that elite group. Terry Baucom has an instantly identifyable quality of timing and tone. He just makes that wood and steel sound sooooo gooood. That's the Terry Baucom style. There are banjo pickers and then, there is Terry Baucom!
It is fun looking back at Terry's career on an album titled Never Thought of Looking Back however, one needs to do this to truly appreciate this album. If you've heard Terry with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, you'll hear that sound but only better. If you remember Terry when he was with IIIrd Tyme Out, you'll hear a bit of that style too. In fact going all the way back to the Baucom days with Boone Creek, Terry's style has established itself as a standard and one that others try to achieve.
Terry's drive is what his banjo playing is known for. Hard drive. Over Drive. 3-finger drive. 5-string drive. It's drive. Terry puts that drive together here with more drive from other driving artists like Sam Bush, John Cowan, Jerry Douglas, Tim Stafford, and more. When you put this much energy together on a project like this, be prepared for an explosion.
Terry and his wife, Cindy are joined by Buddy Melton on vocals throughout the album. Various harmony configurations are as driving as the instrumentals. Not a lot of banjo pickers are also vocalists and Terry is one of them. He's the complete package.
One hears Terry's picking and ring of the banjo crisp and clean. Every attack of the strings is filled with tone and excitement. Terry's style of picking makes a banjo sing. Never Thought of Looking Back comes through with the present and hopefully a glimpse of more to come in the future. Terry Baucom fans won't be disappointed with this new album.