Breaking Grass releases debut album

• Breaking Grass CD release party

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Booneville Hardware Store

Cost: The party is free; the CD costs $15.

Info: (662) 416-3375

When a band wins a title like Bluegrass State Champs, there’s a bit of pressure to live up to it.

Booneville-based bluegrass group Breaking Grass is releasing its self-titled debut album only a few weeks after winning that title in New Albany’s Down from the Hills festival.
Luckily for Breaking Grass, the band lives up to its crown.

The CD is full of songs written by band leader Cody Farrar, and each song is strong. After all, Breaking Grass also won several first or second-place awards in instruments at Down from the Hills. The excellent musicianship – from band members Tyler White, Thelton Vanderford, Zach Wooten and Britt Sheffield – paired with Farrar’s terrific lyrics make for a solid album.

The record kicks off with the haunting “The Ghost Song,” a chilling murder ballad. “I feel hands around my neck/And on the wall is the silhouette of the man I killed hours before,” Farrar sings. “I don’t believe in ghosts/because the only thing that’s haunted here is me.”
Breaking Grass does a good job of telling stories, like that one, throughout the album.

Tucked in between the secular tunes are some wonderful gospel songs.
The band showcases its sense of humor on the album closer, “God’s Still Good.”
“When the termites eat your chair/and you start to lose your hair/Holler, Lord I just don’t care/God’s still good,” he sings.

Lots of new bands take a while figuring out its sound, and a lot of first albums are pretty messy. That’s not the case with this band.
Breaking Grass has found a sweet spot in its sound, heavy on bluegrass with just the right amount of country. This album proves Breaking Grass is worthy of its title, and the band has a bright future.