Best of the Sugar Hill Years

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Peter Rowan fills an important role in bluegrass evolution, serving as one of the key links between the older and newer styles that came to a head with the newgrass movement in the early to mid-'70s. Rowan was a member of the renowned West Coast bluegrass outfit Old & In the Way during that time, and wrote classic songs like "Panama Red" and "Midnight Moonlight." Rowan's talent lay in keeping a stylistic foot in each camp, delivering vocal flourishes as distinct as Bill Monroe's while veering toward a more progressive acoustic sound. Best of the Sugar Hill Years covers Rowan's career between 1982 and 1996, a productive period of time resulting in solo projects ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Peter Rowan fills an important role in bluegrass evolution, serving as one of the key links between the older and newer styles that came to a head with the newgrass movement in the early to mid-'70s. Rowan was a member of the renowned West Coast bluegrass outfit Old & In the Way during that time, and wrote classic songs like "Panama Red" and "Midnight Moonlight." Rowan's talent lay in keeping a stylistic foot in each camp, delivering vocal flourishes as distinct as Bill Monroe's while veering toward a more progressive acoustic sound. Best of the Sugar Hill Years covers Rowan's career between 1982 and 1996, a productive period of time resulting in solo projects like 1990's Dust Bowl Children and 1996's Yonder, a collaboration with Jerry Douglas. The 15 songs included on this collection, most of them written by Rowan, are incredibly consistent. First, there's the quality of the material, highlighted by songs like "Rainmaker" and "Hiroshima Mon Amour," and next there's the acoustic base from which the arrangements are drawn. Rowan recorded a lot of material for Sugar Hill, and obviously a 15-song collection only touches on a small portion of his work with the label. Best of the Sugar Hill Years is nonetheless a good survey of Rowan's work from this time period, and a good general introduction to a pivotal newgrass performer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2007
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891403526
  • Catalog Number: 4035
  • Sales rank: 126,234

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Rowan Primary Artist, Guitar, Mandolin, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Mandola
Jerry Douglas Dobro, Guitar, Vocals, Weissenborn
Ricky Skaggs Mandolin, Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal), Mandola
Sam Bush Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)
Bill Keith Banjo
Buddy Spicher Fiddle
Mike Compton Mandolin, Baritone (Vocal), Mandola
Andy Statman Mandolin
Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill Clavinet
Stuart Duncan Fiddle, Guitar (Tenor)
Pat Enright Guitar, Tenor (Vocal)
Mark Hembree Bass (Vocal), Acoustic Bass
Roger Mason Bass
Buell Neidlinger Upright Bass
Alan O'Bryant Banjo, Guitar, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Maura O'Connell Vocal Harmony
Charles Sawtelle Guitar
Roy Huskey Jr. Bass, Upright Bass
Mike Munford Banjo
Richard Greene & Beryl Marriott Fiddle, Bass (Vocal)
Laurie K. Lewis Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Jerry Douglas Arranger, Producer
Peter Rowan Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jim Rooney Producer
Hiroshi Asada Producer
David Glasser Remastering
J.B. Smith Composer
Bil VornDick Producer
Craig Havighurst Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
Richard Greene & Beryl Marriott Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Just Not Enough

    Sugar Hill could have made this a double CD. I have many of Rowan's LPs for the label and they could have at least filled this disc. They didn't, and we have this very good, too short sampler. Peter Rowan is a fine bluegrass vocalist who surrounds himself with the best talent he can get. The musicians are all tops on their instruments. I plan to check out Rowan's newer work and pick up some of his Old & In The Way collaboration with David Grisman and Jerry Garcia.

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