Banjoman: A Tribute to Derroll Adams

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Banjo player Derroll Adams quietly influenced every musician he came in contact with during his life, and his hushed, stilled playing he was an up-picker on the banjo, didn't frail, and certainly wasn't bluegrass and the handful of songs he wrote all carry a sort of gentle, hard-earned wisdom. He was a friend to some pretty famous people in the nascent beat/folk scene of the early '50s, including Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Will Geer, Cisco Houston, and Odetta. Later, after he had relocated to Europe, he mentored and played with countless more folk musicians, including Donovan Adams is the banjo man with the tattooed hands in Donovan's "Epistle to Derroll" and Alex ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Banjo player Derroll Adams quietly influenced every musician he came in contact with during his life, and his hushed, stilled playing he was an up-picker on the banjo, didn't frail, and certainly wasn't bluegrass and the handful of songs he wrote all carry a sort of gentle, hard-earned wisdom. He was a friend to some pretty famous people in the nascent beat/folk scene of the early '50s, including Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Will Geer, Cisco Houston, and Odetta. Later, after he had relocated to Europe, he mentored and played with countless more folk musicians, including Donovan Adams is the banjo man with the tattooed hands in Donovan's "Epistle to Derroll" and Alex Campbell, and he influenced scores more as the folk revival caught on in the early '60s. He recorded a couple of wonderful albums with Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and was a pretty fair painter, too. By either design or instinct he kept his distance from the commercial folk and pop scenes, and when he died in his adopted Belgium at the age of 75 in February of 2000, his passing hardly caused a stir in the American music press. But Adams was beloved by those who knew him, and Banjoman is a wonderful tribute to his life and legacy. Covering some of his original songs, plus the traditional folk songs that Adams made his own, the musicians working on this tribute project obviously did it as an expression of love and respect, and track after track unfolds with a calm, simple elegance. Arlo Guthrie covers what is perhaps Adams' best and most well-known song, the powerfully spare "Portland Town," and the compression and sweep of the minimal lyrics is an exercise in how to write a song and tell a story without wasting a single word or note. Ramblin' Jack Elliott turns in a sturdy version of "The Cuckoo," the type of song he and Adams did so well together as a duo in the late '50s. Donovan's "Epistle to Derroll" is here, as well as Allan Taylor's poignant "Banjo Man," which captures Adams' spirit as clearly as a photograph. The packaging of Banjoman is gorgeous, with an engaging 60-page booklet that tells the story of Adams' life with honesty and good humor, and after reading the booklet and listening to the music, you'll feel that you've spent an evening with a dear friend, and that, folks, is what a tribute album ought to do. Simply a wonderful set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/2012
  • Label: Cd Baby
  • UPC: 800828221553
  • Catalog Number: 5637210569
  • Sales rank: 31,052

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Columbus Stockade Blues (2:52)
  2. 2 Portland Town (2:06)
  3. 3 The Cuckoo (2:48)
  4. 4 Freight Train Blues (3:42)
  5. 5 The Mountain - Donovan (3:29)
  6. 6 The Sky (4:20)
  7. 7 The Valley (4:27)
  8. 8 Curtains of Night (4:48)
  9. 9 Dixie Darling - John Sheahan (2:31)
  10. 10 Muleskinner Blues (4:44)
  11. 11 24 Hours a Day (6:21)
  12. 12 Epistle to Derroll - Donovan (5:34)
  13. 13 A Feather Fell (4:22)
  14. 14 Banjo Man (4:45)
  15. 15 The Rock (2:00)
  16. 16 Memories (4:31)
  17. 17 Lovesong (3:03)
  18. 18 Willie Moore (5:10)
  19. 19 The Rock (1:35)
  20. 20 Goodbye Derroll, Goodbye Friend (2:44)
  21. 21 A Profound and Beautiful Sadness (1:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Arlo Guthrie, Hans Theessink, Donovan, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Do Primary Artist
Dolly Parton Vocals
Arlo Guthrie Guitar, Vocals, Foot Stomping
Ralph McTell Banjo, Vocals
Happy Traum Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Billy Connolly Banjo, Vocals
Wizz Jones Guitar, Vocals
Allan Taylor Guitar, Vocals, Psaltery
Tucker Zimmerman 12-string Guitar
Jim Keltner Drums
Bobbye Hall Percussion
Hans Theessink Dulcimer, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Mandola
Jack Clement Ukeke
David Hungate Bass
Derroll Adams Vocals
Leland Sklar Bass
Barney McKenna Banjo, Vocals
Youra Marcus Banjo, Vocals
John Sheahan Fiddle, Vocals
Technical Credits
Arlo Guthrie Producer, Liner Notes, Introduction
Ralph McTell Composer
Allan Taylor Composer
Hans Theessink Producer, Liner Notes
Mike Bobak Engineer
A.P. Carter Composer
Andy Le Vein Engineer
Toby Mountain Mastering
Pete Romano Engineer
Greg Steele Engineer
Peter Miller Engineer
Derroll Adams Composer
Phil Punch Engineer
Harald Ergott Graphic Design
Traditional Composer
Marc Champod Engineer
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