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by Norman Blake
     
 

Norman Blake had been a prominent performer and studio guitarist for over a decade before this solo debut was recorded, and although he had largely made his name playing backup to bigger stars, this is the first of a long string of albums that confirmed Blake's reputation as a master guitarist and songwriter. Joined by dobroist Tut Taylor, who had played with Blake on… See more details below

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Norman Blake had been a prominent performer and studio guitarist for over a decade before this solo debut was recorded, and although he had largely made his name playing backup to bigger stars, this is the first of a long string of albums that confirmed Blake's reputation as a master guitarist and songwriter. Joined by dobroist Tut Taylor, who had played with Blake on John Hartford's Aereo-Plain earlier in the year, the two run through a delightful mix of old-time songs and Blake originals, many of which show the progressive characteristics that would lead the guitarist to form the Rising Fawn String Ensemble to play what was called "hillbilly baroque." Although he only got better over time, this record is among Blake's best, demonstrating his nearly incomparable virtuosity, easygoing style, and broad repertoire, highlighted by "Cattle in the Cane," "Crossing No. 9," and the lovely closer "Spanish Fandango," which according to the notes is the first song he ever learned to play.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/05/1995
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661001220
catalogNumber:
12
Rank:
61216

Tracks

  1. Little Joe  - Norman Blake
  2. Richland Avenue Rag  - Norman Blake
  3. When the Fields Are White with Daisies  - Norman Blake
  4. Cattle in the Cane  - Norman Blake
  5. Crossing No. 9  - Norman Blake
  6. Weave and Way  - Norman Blake
  7. Ginseng Sullivan  - Norman Blake
  8. Bringing in the Georgia Mail  - Norman Blake
  9. Bully of the Town  - Norman Blake
  10. Randall Collins  - Norman Blake
  11. Done Gone  - Norman Blake
  12. Down Home Summertime Blues  - Norman Blake
  13. Warp Factor No. 9  - Norman Blake
  14. Orphan Annie  - Norman Blake
  15. Spanish Fandango  - Norman Blake

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