Everybody's heard the term "Family Harmonies" and
there's no doubt everybody's heard good Family harmony over the years, but
once you listen to The Bankester Family I think you'll agree that the term
will take on a whole new meaning.
I recently received the CD "Somewhere In Between" from the band and when I
had a moment or two I sat down to "Sample" each track like I normally do
when I listen to a new submission, well, there was no "Sampling" this
CD... from the first song to the last I listened to every note and word
this family sang. I was drawn into the music from the start and
could not let go... Heck I didn't want to let go!
"Goosebump Harmony" is what my wife calls it when she also heard this
soulful band.... and I’ll tell ya SHE'S not easily impressed!
The Bankester Family consists of Phil and Doreen Bankester (both playing
guitar), their 4 daughters, Melissa (bass), Lindsey (mandolin), Emily
(fiddle) and Alysha (fiddle) and Melissa's husband Kyle (banjo). Mix all 7
of these talented individuals together and you have one AWESOME sound that
will make you smile.
The first cut on the CD "Amen, There's A Higher Power" features Emily
singing lead with dad and mom ringing in with harmony. This song commanded
my attention and immediately everything else I was going to do that
evening was put on the back burner. I then sat down for a ride through the
sweet melodies and vocals of "Carolina Rain", a Becky Buller song which
the family just completed shooting a video for. Melissa takes the lead on
this one with sister Emily and mother Doreen rounding it out. Can't wait
to see the video!
Some of the other cuts include "He's Holding onto Me", "Shield Of Faith"
and "In The Morning Light" all written by Ron Block, "Reminds Me Of
Missouri" and "Bottomlands" by Wil Maring along with some traditional
tunes like "Gospel Plow" and "Long Time Traveler"
Don't take my word for it, go to www.bankesterfamily.com and get this CD
today, tell 'em Roger from The Bluegrass Mix sent ya (no you won't get a
discount but you won't be concerned with any discount after hearing this
This family was put on this earth to do one thing.. SING!!.. and they do
it with the best of them.
Thank You Bankester Family for the sweet music to my ears that you provide
with this CD.
~Roger Randolph - Apr 2009
Host of “County Roads Bluegrass”
The Bluegrass Mix