Well, now, isn't that nice...

I'm afraid my desk has been piled up a bit lately, but no excuse for forgetting to post this wonderful review of Nightflyer's CD by Joe Steiner, Vice President of NIBGA (Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association) and DJ at WLFC. Thanks Joe!

"This is the first album from a fine Cincinnati, Ohio area group. After hearing this first effort, I am really looking forward to hearing future material from them. This group really has all the bases covered toward becoming regionally or nationally recognized. They have an exceptional lead singer in Richard Propps, and they have well-executed, powerful harmony arrangements. Each of the members is in total command of their chosen instrument, not relying on "stock" licks but rather bringing creative energy to the instrumentals. They've got all the tools they need, or anyone could want, but these guys aren't about showiness and "hot licks." Aside from the instrumental and vocal prowess, there is a cohesiveness to this group that seems natural and comfortable, belying the group's relatively short existence.

On this album, there are a few tunes that have made the rounds on other bluegrass albums, like Tim O'Brien's "99 Years and One Dark Day," and the Newgrass Revival staple, "White Freightliner Blues," written by Townes Van Zandt. Their inclusion here speaks volumes about the bands ability to perform rock solid, driving bluegrass. But the real story of the album is the ability the band has to round up lesser known materials that fits them perfectly. The diverse selection of material indicates the group can get their arms and hearts around pretty much anything you throw their way.

Every cut on the album is really a standout in its own right. One that I found myself playing over and over was "Power Position," a gospel tune which is a wonderful showcase for Richard's powerful, heartfelt vocal, evoking comparison to the great John Cowan. Keith Urban's "Walk in the Country" is given an especially nice bluegrass treatment with some great drivin' five by Ronnie Stewart and resonator guitar by Tim Jackson. An especially nice tune, with a touching message and swingy rhythm, is Duane Whitt's "That Old Barn."

Mandolinist Rick Hayes contributes the lead vocal work on the murder ballad, "The Hangman's Daughter," and he aptly demonstrates that, were he not working alongside Richard's awesome talents, he could easily be called upon as the featured singer. Banjo player Ronnie Stewart contributes fine lead vocals on two cuts; "Are You Lonesome Whipporwill," a great driving tune written by Marvin Clark, and Aubrey Holt's "The Sad Wind Sighs." Bassist Tony Kakaris also contributes a vocal lead on Larry Sparks' "These Old Blues."

I mentioned earlier that these guys have all the bases covered, and I would be remiss if I didn't mention the production work on the album. In addition to being a musician, Rick Hayes is also a recording engineer and graphic artist (as well as luthier). The album was recorded at Hayes Productions in Cincinnati, and it was engineered, mixed and produced by Rick aand Clay Hess for Hayes Productions.

This is a fine first effort from this group, and it reflects well on them in every respect. I can't wait for the second album!"