Praying Blues is a slice of bluegrass with great picking and lyrics that have a little something to say along the way. It’s a track that respects the roots and sound of traditional bluegrass, while adding a little modernity on the way. The father of bluegrass himself, Bill Monroe, combined modern sounds and traditional mountain music to create the genre and artists like Romen Buffalo keep that evolution going.
Bluegrass music doesn’t work without talented pickers to play it and The Loyal Order has some good chops from the fluid banjo work to a great dobro picking that just lifts the music up. Underneath it all, the bass keeps up a steady heartbeat and the song rambles on forward with energy and verve.
The band are all in fine voice and Romen Buffalo has a good vocal tone and real strength behind his singing. The lyrics he’s written are quite interesting and he delivers them clearly enough to get their full meaning out to the audience.