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Bluegrass Express

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
In song, the locomotive has been cast as a harbinger of death, as a steam-powered chariot to Heaven, as a symbol of American might and muscle, and, conversely, as a fading behemoth, lumbering through a fast-paced society that had little use for its plodding ways. Bluegrass and country artists, especially, have long celebrated the train in all its mythological and iconic grandeur, and 15 of those timeless tracts are collected on this wonderful collection. Bluegrass bands are particularly adept at evoking the rumble and roar of trains, and you don't even have to listen hard to hear a southern flyer bearing down on you when the Stevens Sisters rip through the high-octane ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
In song, the locomotive has been cast as a harbinger of death, as a steam-powered chariot to Heaven, as a symbol of American might and muscle, and, conversely, as a fading behemoth, lumbering through a fast-paced society that had little use for its plodding ways. Bluegrass and country artists, especially, have long celebrated the train in all its mythological and iconic grandeur, and 15 of those timeless tracts are collected on this wonderful collection. Bluegrass bands are particularly adept at evoking the rumble and roar of trains, and you don't even have to listen hard to hear a southern flyer bearing down on you when the Stevens Sisters rip through the high-octane tear-jerker "Lonesome Railroad," with the band's banjo-guitar-dobro axis suggesting the speed and relentless forward thrust of a big, smoke-belching engine chugging down the tracks. From a 1950 session, Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys which then included Jimmy Martin and Vassar Clements offer a somber, mid-tempo rendition of Bill Monroe and Hank Williams's "I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome," in which the heartbreak Williams describes in his lyrics is intensified by the distant, lonesome sound of a train whistle. Present is such classic fare as the Stanley Brothers' "Riding That Midnight Train" in a rambunctious 1973 remake by Ralph Stanley, Elizabeth Cotten's enduring "Freight Train" beautifully retooled for bluegrass by Jim & Jesse, circa 1977, and "The Wreck of The Old 97" in a high-spirited, toe-tapping workout via Connie & Babe and the Backwoods Boys. Rhonda Vincent, Lynn Morris, Alecia Nugent, and Mountain Heart all chip in with young-guard takes on the timeless themes. No "Orange Blossom Special" or "Wabash Cannonball" here, but no matter: The steel rail could hardly be better honored than it is by Bluegrass Express.
All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Rounder's 2004 compilation of traditional music offers something old, something new, and something blue. Bluegrass, that is. Bluegrass Express is yet another fine collection of songs about trains, and this one gathers together artists from the genre's foundation Bill Monroe to its most recent acts e.g., Rhonda Vincent. Even with the variety of performers, the theme of trains and a traditional-based style of music gives Bluegrass Express a nice consistency. The oldest selection, "I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome" from Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys, remains stunning after 50 years. Joined by singer Jimmy Martin and fiddler Vassar Clements, Monroe delivers a lonesome vocal that reminds listeners of the raw power of early bluegrass. There are also selections from old-timers like Ralph Stanley, Jim & Jesse, and the Osborne Brothers. The young performers, though less inclined to sing it high and lonesome, fill out the collection with a fine group of songs. Rob Ickes, perhaps the biggest name next to Jerry Douglas on the Dobro scene, offers a spunky take on "Reuben." There are also selections from young-timers like Rhonda Vincent, the Stevens Sisters, and the Lynn Morris Band. So whether one is attracted to trains, bluegrass, or just good music, Bluegrass Express should fit the bill.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/13/2004
  • Label: Rounder Select
  • UPC: 682161115924
  • Catalog Number: 1159

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Riding That Midnight Train (1:54)
  2. 2 Lonesome Whistle Blues (3:58)
  3. 3 Passing of the Train (2:42)
  4. 4 I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome - Bill Monroe (2:51)
  5. 5 Train Forty-Five - Jimmy Martin (1:57)
  6. 6 The Wreck of the Old 97 - Connie & Babe (2:23)
  7. 7 Freight Train - Jim & Jesse (2:13)
  8. 8 Long Train of Fools (3:10)
  9. 9 Freight Train Boogie (5:00)
  10. 10 Lonesome Railroad (3:08)
  11. 11 Reuben (4:24)
  12. 12 Mr. Engineer (4:19)
  13. 13 Blame It on the Train (4:02)
  14. 14 Gospel Train (2:44)
  15. 15 Bluegrass Express (2:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Tony Rice Guitar, Vocals
Ralph Stanley Banjo, Tenor (Vocal), Group Member
Rhonda Vincent Mandolin, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Sam Bush Mandolin
April Stevens Vocal Harmony, Group Member
Blaine Sprouse Fiddle
Jesse McReynolds Mandolin, Vocals
Larry Cordle Tenor (Vocal)
Lynn Morris Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Don Reno Guitar, Vocals
Doug Stevens Guitar
Barry Bales Bass
Richard Bennett Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Byron Berline Fiddle
Vassar Clements Fiddle, Group Member
Curley Ray Cline Fiddle
Jack Cooke Bass, Baritone (Vocal), Group Member
Paul Craft Banjo
J.D. Crowe Banjo, Baritone (Vocal), Group Member
Rev. Gary Davis Guitar
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Pat Enright Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Béla Fleck Banjo, Group Member
Mark Hembree Bass, Group Member
Rob Ickes Dobro
Carl Jackson Banjo, Guitar, Baritone (Vocal)
Jimmy Martin Guitar, Vocal Harmony, Group Member
Ronnie McCoury Mandolin
Jim McReynolds Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Bobby Osborne Mandolin, Vocals, Group Member
Sonny Osborne Banjo, Vocals, Group Member
Dale Reno Mandolin
Tim Stafford Guitar
Adam Steffey Mandolin
Joe Stuart Guitar
Roland White Mandolin, Group Member
Marshall Wilborn Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle
Curt Chapman Bass, Group Member
Phil Leadbetter Dobro, Group Member
Joe Meadows Fiddle
Don Rigsby Mandolin, Tenor (Vocal), Group Member
Darrin Vincent Bass, Vocal Harmony
Joe Drumright Banjo, Mandolin, Group Member
Joel Price Bass, Group Member
Roy Lee Centers Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Don Wayne Reno Bass
Paul Williams Mandolin
Beth Stevens Banjo, Vocals, Group Member
Charlie Collins Guitar
Paul Brewster Guitar, Vocals
Randy Howard Fiddle, Group Member
Ben Isaacs Bass
Connie Gately Guitar, Group Member
Fred Gately Bass, Group Member
Steve Gulley Baritone (Vocal), Group Member
Randy Kohrs Dobro
Bebe Lofton Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Keith McReynolds Bass
Jimmy D. Brock Bass
Barry Abernathy Vocals, Group Member
Ron Stewart Fiddle, Group Member
Garland Shuping Banjo
Jesse Brock Mandolin, Group Member
Alecia Nugent Vocals
Johnny Dowdle Bass (Vocal), Group Member
John Hunley Bass
Junior Husley Bass
Red Roberts Fiddle, Group Member
Ricky Lee Guitar, Group Member
Technical Credits
Ralph Stanley Composer
Rhonda Vincent Producer
Jimmie Davis Composer
Elizabeth Cotten Composer
Dave Matthew Engineer
Richard Adler Engineer
Tim Austin Producer, Engineer
Owen Bradley Producer
Charlie Bragg Producer
J.D. Crowe Producer
Béla Fleck Producer
Carl Jackson Producer
Ronnie Light Producer, Engineer
Jimmy Martin Composer
Toby Mountain Mastering
Bobby Osborne Composer
Sonny Osborne Producer
Harold Pierce Composer
Jon Robbin Composer
Jim Robeson Engineer
Tom Stern Producer
Hank Williams Composer
Cecil Jones Engineer
Charles K. Wolfe Liner Notes
G.B. Grayson Composer
Barry Tashian Composer
Paul Williams Composer
Beth Stevens Composer
Flux Producer
Steve Chandler overdub engineer
Connie Gately Arranger, Producer
Michael Hyatt Concept
Thomas B. Allen Cover Art
Henry Whittier Composer
Richie Owens Producer, overdub engineer
Luke Wooten Engineer
Robert Trout Producer
Mountain Heart Producer
Gene Nelson Composer
Public Domain Composer
Traditional Composer
Brian Doyle Composer
Shaleen Tethal Licensing
A. Laura Allen Graphic Design
John Celluci Engineer
James B. Smith Composer
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