The Coen Brothers' film "O Brother, Where Art Thou" had a soundtrack that consisted of bluegrass music, a style that the Brothers enjoy personally. The success of that album led to a rash of bluegrass compilations, and "True Bluegrass" is but one of them. A complement to Rounder's other recent release "Bluegrass Mountain Style", "True Bluegrass" provides yet another survey of the traditional Appalachian genre. "I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling" by Joe Val & The Southern Mountain Boys is a moving tune with some incredible harmonies, while Butch Robins' "Sally Goodin" is full of fierce finger-picking and fiddling. "Midnight on the Stormy Deep" is a Johnny Cash-like tune and Frank Wakefield's "Sleepy-Eyed John" is a rollicking banjo tune with some incredible, though unexpected riffing. "I'm Leaving Detroit" by Bob Paisley and "The Southern Grass" is a touching account of life as experienced by a Southerner who headed north for more opportunity, but is returning home. The less-inspiring of the bunch are "Heaven" by The Bailey Brothers & The Happy Valley Boys, Connie & Babe and The Backwood Boys' "Home is Where the Heart Is", and Phyllis' Boyens "To Hell with the Land", which only serves to highlight her syrupy voice. What's striking about bluegrass is the way it so vividly captures the life of poor, white, rural Americans; a group that is so often ridiculed and misunderstood. The popularity of bluegrass should shed a new light on a colourful and lively culture.