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STEVE GULLEY & NEW PINNACLE, "High Peaks and New Ground," Rural Rhythm. 12 tracks

Steve Gulley, a second-generation bluegrass musician, has established a strong reputation in bluegrass.

He spent two years with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, moved on to Mountain Heart, then Grasstowne and finally worked with Dale Ann Bradley before launching New Pinnacle in 2015.

His latest album, "High Peaks and New Ground," features half a dozen songs he co-wrote, including the first two singles.

"Real Shine," the first single, is about a certain drink that has the kick of "a 12-gauge shotgun."

The second, "Leaning Toward Leaving," is a blazing tune about a man who's been wanting to break off a relationship but can't seem to do it.

The album is partly a greatest hits album.

Six of the songs – "Leaving Crazytown," "Aim High," "Not Now," "Drowned in Sorrow" and "You're Gone" – are previous hits for Gulley.

The new material includes "Moonshine or The Coal Mine," a song about the choices for people in impoverished areas of the country; "Even Tho," 1954 country hit for Webb Pierce; "Just Because You Can," a song that says that just because you can do something doesn't mean you should; and "The Raging Storm," an uptempo gospel number.

Look for it at SteveGulley.com.

(Email Keith Lawrence at klawrence@messenger-inquirer.com.)

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