The High Bar gang is a roots supergroup that plays gospel music for modern times.

The High Bar Gang finds its way in Lost & Undone

Got a roots music lover on your holiday shopping list? Consider Lost & Undone: A Gospel Bluegrass Companion.

Got a roots music lover on your holiday shopping list? Consider Lost & Undone: A Gospel Bluegrass Companion, a brand-new release by The High Bar Gang on True North Records.

Surrey audiences got acquainted with the bluegrass-infused, Gospel stylings of The High Bar Gang at this year’s Canada Day performances in Cloverdale on July 1.

Don’t know much about bluegrass? This album is the perfect place to start.

With songs like “I Saw the Light,” “Angel Band,” and “Hand in Hand with Jesus,” it’s a given some listeners will have heard these songs before.

But the arrangements sound fresh and lively, remaining faithful to the spirit and intent of the originals without sounding too reverential or plodding.

But don’t take my word for it. Country Music People magazine in the UK gave the album a five-star review. Not bad for a collaboration among friends and fellow musical travellers that began in an utterly ad hoc fashion.

“This was meant to be a fun project among friends,” read a recent post on the band’s facebook page.

“Who knew that the fun would continue long past the first summer gathering over bluegrass, wine, food and laughs!”

The band describes itself as Classic bluegrass for modern times. such notable performers and solo artists as Barney Bentall, Shari Ulrich, Angela Harris, Wendy Bird and others, it’s difficult to disagree with an early tag as a roots supergroup.

Bentall’s fellow Legendary Heart Colin Nairne brought the gang together a few years ago.

The Juno-winning collective also includes Eric Reed, and Bob Becker, and takes its name from the High Bar region of the Cariboo, near the Fraser River, where Bentall spends part of the year.

The album was recorded, live, in mono in Bentall’s living room. They used four microphones, without overdubs.

With sweeping harmonies, plucky mandolin, fiddles and banjo accompanying gorgeous melodies, the album bubbles along like a North Shore mountain creek. The songs – some of the best-loved gospel standards around – make it a fitting soundtrack for this time of year.

Nairne may have gathered these folks together based on friendship, but the the result couldn’t have been more perfect if it had been done in a more calculated fashion. They really make beautiful music together.

Their press material notes The High Bar Gang went from performing their earliest gigs at the tiny North Vancouver Eagles Club to opening for Blue Rodeo – another band that’s recently released its own gorgeous new album, In Our Nature, recorded in a farm house.

That album is also worth a spot under the tree this year.

Follow the Cloverdale Reporter on Twitter and Facebook.

Just Posted

Langley organizers invite special guest to Gone Country

Cancer fundraising, day-long concert sold out more than a month and a half ahead of Saturday’s event

‘Kim’s Convenience’ keeps Surrey actor busy when not working as church pastor in Guildford

Award-nominated James Yi will again play shop owner at Surrey Arts Centre next winter

Olympic softball qualifier gets $150K boost from provincial government

2019 Americas Qualifier to be held in South Surrey from Aug. 25-Sept. 1

South Surrey woman excited to ‘tell the world Canada is open for business’

Aashina Singh aims to promote Metro Vancouver companies in Singapore and Malaysia

VIDEO: Wet weather kicks off Lower Mainland toad migration

Thousands of small western toads were making the trek from pond to woods

Gas price inquiry questions Trans Mountain capacity, company denies collusion

The first of up to four days of oral hearings in the inquiry continue in Vancouver

Serious police incident unfolding at Sts’ailes near Agassiz

Small reserve near Agassiz surrounded by police vehicles, helicopter, ERT

‘Benzos’ and fentanyl a deadly cocktail causing a growing concern on B.C. streets

Overdoses caused by benzodiazepines can’t be reversed with opioid-overdose antidote naloxone

RCMP release sketch of suspect in SFU assault, appeal to witnesses who helped woman

The RCMP want to talk to two women who helped the victim after she got to the parking lot

Will you be celebrating national hotdog day with any of these crazy flavours?

The popularity of hotdogs spans generations, cultures

Former home of accused Penticton shooter vandalized

Ex-wife of man who is accused of murdering four people had her house vandalized

Survivor of near-drowning in B.C. lake viewing life through new eyes

“If I died that day, the baby wouldn’t know his dad,” said 31-year-old Mariano Santander-Melo.

‘Beyond the call’: Teen in police custody gets birthday surprise by B.C. Mountie

Unusual celebration started when Staff Sgt. Paul Vadik went to visit the teen in his Coquitlam cell

Most Read