Bluegrass Goes to Town

Bluegrass Goes to Town

     
 

The cheeky title may suggest bluegrass gussied up for a pop audience, but in reality, it's the other way around. As the eloquent cover versions here show, pop, rock, and blues artists such as the Grateful Dead, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, and the Beatles have always shared a kinship with roots music. Rice, Rice,See more details below

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The cheeky title may suggest bluegrass gussied up for a pop audience, but in reality, it's the other way around. As the eloquent cover versions here show, pop, rock, and blues artists such as the Grateful Dead, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, and the Beatles have always shared a kinship with roots music. Rice, Rice, Hillman & Pedersen (Hillman being former Byrd Chris Hillman) open things up with a rustic take on the Dead's "Friend of the Devil." Spectrum, whose members include mandolin virtuoso Jimmy Gaudreau and banjo visionary Bela Fleck, take "Bye Bye Love" out to the countryside, slightly to the left of the Everlys' honky-tonk-flavored rock 'n' roll hit. Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" gets a toe-tapping treatment from the Rice Brothers that underscores the song's country melody. Those who have always perceived a pronounced country strain in Lennon-McCartney songs -- certainly from Rubber Soul onward -- will hear their point of view affirmed here, not once but twice: first, on an immaculate rendition of "I Will" by Tony Furtado and Alison Krauss; second, by Joe Val and the Bluegrass Boys' bristling high-lonesome workout of "What Goes On." Rob Ickes and Tim O'Brien have a mesmerizing moment on their chilling treatment of Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home." Nothing, however, tops John Hartford's laconic, folksy treatment of "Piece of My Heart" -- yes, the heart-shredding "Piece of My Heart" made famous by Janis Joplin. Good songs will out, in any language.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Bluegrass Goes to Town: Pop Songs Bluegrass Style is a 16- song collection of rock, R&B, country, and pop songs done bluegrass style by some of the biggest names in the field: Claire Lynch tackles Joe Cocker's "Hitchcock Highway," IIIrd Tyme Out covers the Platters' "Only You," and Tony Furtado and Alison Krauss do the Beatles' "I Will." This CD will appeal to new fans of bluegrass because of the familiarity of the songs that are covered and the high level of musicianship. Longtime bluegrass fans may find the selection of songs (from "Heartbreak Hotel" to "Bridge Over Troubled Water") a little novelty-ish, but will also be impressed by the musicianship.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/30/2002
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661051126
catalogNumber:
610511
Rank:
174662

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Tracks

  1. Friend of the Devil @@Rice, Rice, Hillman & Pedersen
  2. Hitchcock Railway @@Claire Lynch
  3. Bye Bye Love @@Spectrum
  4. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right @@The Rice Brothers
  5. Blue Bayou @@The Cox Family
  6. Can't Find My Way Home @@Rob Ickes with Tim O'Brien
  7. Heartbreak Hotel @@The Doug Dillard Band
  8. I Will @@Tony Furtado with Alison Krauss
  9. Bridge Over Troubled Water @@The Whitstein Brothers
  10. Jolene @@Rhonda Vincent
  11. Piece of My Heart @@John Hartford
  12. I'm Walkin' @@J.D. Crowe & the New South
  13. (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I @@Tasty Licks
  14. World Turning @@Tony Trischka with Dudley Connell and Alison Krauss
  15. What Goes On @@Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys
  16. Only You (And You Alone) @@IIIrd Tyme Out

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ginger Boatwright   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Tony Furtado   Banjo
David Grier   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Alison Krauss   Fiddle,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Tony Rice   Guitar,Vocals
Wyatt Rice   Guitar
Ricky Skaggs   Mandolin,Tenor (Vocal)
Marty Stuart   Mandolin
Tony Trischka   Banjo
Rhonda Vincent   Mandolin,Vocals,Harmony
Sam Bush   Mandolin
John Hartford   Banjo,Vocals
Whitstein Brothers   Track Performer
Tasty Licks   Track Performer
Todd Phillips   Bass
Glen Duncan   Fiddle
Rice Brothers   Track Performer
Blaine Sprouse   Fiddle
Larry Rice   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Bill Emerson   Banjo
Jack Tottle   Mandolin
Mark Howard   Guitar
Fred Travers   Dobro
Joe Val   Mandolin,Baritone (Vocal)
Cox Family   Track Performer
Claire Lynch   Vocals
Barry Bales   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Luke Bulla   Fiddle
Jack Clement   Dobro,Rhythm Guitar,Ukulele
Dudley Connell   Guitar,Vocals
Evelyn Cox   Baritone (Vocal)
Sidney Cox   Dobro,Tenor (Vocal)
Suzanne Cox   Vocals
Joe Craven   Mandolin,Percussion
J.D. Crowe   Banjo,Baritone (Vocal)
Steve Dilling   Vocal Harmony
Pat Enright   Guitar,Vocals
Béla Fleck   Banjo,Baritone (Vocal)
Jimmy Gaudreau   Mandolin,Tenor (Vocal)
Tommy Goldsmith   Guitar
Tommy Hannum   Vocals
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass
Rob Ickes   Dobro
Derek Jones   Bass
Moondi Klein   Vocal Harmony
Glenn Lawson   Guitar,Vocals
Eric Levenson   Bass
Kenny Malone   Percussion,Conga
Mike Marshall   Guitar
Pat McInerney   Drums
Michael McLain   Banjo,Background Vocals
Tom Miller   Percussion,Steel Drums
Tim O'Brien   Vocals
Mark O'Connor   Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin
Herb Pedersen   Banjo
Roger Rasnake   Electric Bass
Mark Schatz   Bass,String Bass
Jeannie Seely   Vocals
Rickie Simpkins   Fiddle
Ronnie Simpkins   Bass
Bobby Slone   Bass
Adam Steffey   Mandolin
Evan Stover   Viola
Charles Whitstein   Mandolin,Tenor (Vocal)
Robert Whitstein   Guitar,Vocals
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle,Mandolin
Roy Huskey   Bass
Wayne Benson   Vocal Harmony
Ray Deaton   Bass (Vocal)
Darrin Vincent   Bass,Harmony
Missy Raines   Bass
J.D. Crowe & the New South   Track Performer
Joe Val & The New England Bluegrass Boys   Track Performer
Dave Dillon   Guitar,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Paul Silvius   Banjo,Vocals
Bryan Sutton   Guitar
Richard Schulman   Vocals
Russell Moore   Vocals
Jim Hurst   Guitar,Background Vocals
Kendrick Freeman   Drums
Illrd Tyme Out   Track Performer
Doug Dillard Band   Track Performer
Larry Lynch   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Sidney Cox   Duet
Mike Hartgrove   Sound Effects
Toby Mountain   Mastering

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