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Posted October 1, 2010
Solid project of traditional 'grass...Two thumbs up!
On "My Dixie Home," North Carolinian Jim Mills presents a collection of vocals and instrumentals made popular by the likes of Earl Scruggs, J. D. Crowe, Sonny Osborne, Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, Doc Watson, Delmore Brothers, Granpa Jones, and Merle Travis. Jim Mills has played in various bluegrass bands (Summer Wages, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Bass Mountain Boys). He's been with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder since 1997, and Mills is a multiple winner of the IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Award. With this solo project, Mills gives us a perfect showcase for his technical skill on banjo, and the album offers some splendid traditional bluegrass. Supporting musicians include Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Dan Tyminski (guitar), Adam Steffey (mandolin), and Barry Bales (bass). Dan Tyminski, Ricky Skaggs, Tim O'Brien and Paul Brewster contribute the vocals, which comprise seven tracks. Tragic Romance, Are You Waiting Just For Me, Little At A Time, and Goin' Back to the Blue Ridge Mountains were my favorites of the vocals. The title track, My Dixie Home, kicks off the project with a "train-like groove." Take The D Train then includes a medley of Train 45, Sally Goodin,' and Mama Blues that use a different fifth string tuning. The J.D. Crowe tune, "Black Jack," is given the old greased lighting treatment with a fast, driving, uptempo beat. I especially enjoyed Mills' rendition of "I'll See You In My Dreams," that closes the album with his bluesy thumbstyle guitar. I was impressed that "My Dixie Home" was recorded in just a three day period in May, 2002 with "as little overdubbing and compression as possible to capture the live feeling" of the music. For a solid project of traditional 'grass, this is one that fits the bill and gets my two thumbs up. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
Mills second solo album lives up to hype
If you love banjo pickin' at its finest, this album will quickly become your favorite. Mills has really outdone himself this time. Not only is his raw talent extremely evident, but he has gathered the cream of the bluegrass crop on this album. With the recent rise in bluegrass, beginning most recently with "O Brother Where Art Thou?", Mills gathered the singing voices that complimented his banjo playing best, including Dan Tyminski, better known as the voice of George Clooney in the movie. Other artists on the album include Ricky Skaggs, Adam Steffey, and Paul Brewster. There are a lot of people in the bluegrass world who have been waiting for Brewster and Tyminski to sing together. Well, wait no more, they are on this album together and combined with Mills excellent back-up banjo playing, if your toes aren't tapping to this, check your pulse.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.