Bluegrass Goes to Town

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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. ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/30/2002
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661051126
  • Catalog Number: 610511
  • Sales rank: 144,962

Tracks

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