Bluegrass Hits: Twenty Timeless Favorites from Yesterday and Today

Bluegrass Hits: Twenty Timeless Favorites from Yesterday and Today

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Despite this disc's subtitle, "yesterday" doesn't refer to bluegrass's distant past but rather to its more recent history. The oldest cut here is the Johnson Mountain Boys' dark, unsettling interpretation of the heartbreaking ballad "Dream of a Miner's Child," a 1988 recording notable both for Dudley Connell's affecting lead vocal and Eddie Stubbs' mournful violin… See more details below

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Despite this disc's subtitle, "yesterday" doesn't refer to bluegrass's distant past but rather to its more recent history. The oldest cut here is the Johnson Mountain Boys' dark, unsettling interpretation of the heartbreaking ballad "Dream of a Miner's Child," a 1988 recording notable both for Dudley Connell's affecting lead vocal and Eddie Stubbs' mournful violin interjections. The Boys' traditional vocal and instrumental sound was the bridge between the first-generation progressives and the music's new breed of innovators, such as Alison Krauss + Union Station and their pop-influenced balladry. Krauss's crystalline, deeply felt vocals and her estimable band's rootsy, acoustic arrangements come together winningly on 1992's sprightly cover of Shawn Colvin's contemplative "I Don't Know Why." Most of the artists here blur the line between progressive and traditional, embracing both approaches as suits their material. Rhonda Vincent nicely balances both sensibilities on her breakneck-paced rendition of the Osborne Brothers' (by way of Ernest Tubb) keening "Drivin' Nails in My Coffin." Pioneering progressive legend J. D. Crowe is given his props with the inclusion of a latter-day gem, an acoustic-driven, mountain-style rendition of Merle Haggard's drinkin' tale "Back to the Barrooms," which allows plenty of room for propulsive solos by mandolin, banjo, and fiddle along the way. Great traditional singing, deep and moving, is rife on songs such as Alecia Nugent's tough-but-wounded tones on the heartbreaker "My First Mistake" -- and throughout this excellent collection, which underscores the vitality of a genre always busy being born.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Before one can even consider the music on Bluegrass Hits: Twenty Timeless Favorites from Yesterday and Today, one must confront the buxom brunette on the cover. Yes, she's a handsome lass, a model one supposes, sitting on a blanket in a rustic meadow with a number of bluegrass albums laying about. What does she have to do with 20 timeless hits? Absolutely nothing, but one supposes that an attractive cover sells more albums. There's also the curious subtitle: Twenty Timeless Favorites from Yesterday and Today. How can a song from today be a timeless classic? Well, it probably can't, but it sounds better than naming one's album "Another Repackaging of Songs We Own the Rights To." If one can make it past the sexist cover and the mixed-up title, there's much that the contemporary roots music fan will like about Bluegrass Hits. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, one of the best bands in the business, kicks the set off with "Heartbreak Number Nine," and he's followed by such luminaries as Claire Lynch, Alison Krauss, and Ricky Skaggs. There's also a good selection of newer artists like Rhonda Vincent, Rob Ickes, and Dan Tyminski. With 20 songs, this is a generous collection, and not unlike listening to an hour-long bluegrass program without any commercials. For anyone looking for a good introduction to Rounder's fine cadre of bluegrass pickers, Bluegrass Hits will fit the bill.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/08/2005
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661056923
catalogNumber:
610569

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Butch Baldassari   Mandolin
Jerry Douglas   Dobro,Vocals
David Grier   Guitar
Alison Krauss   Fiddle,Vocals
Doyle Lawson   Mandolin,Baritone (Vocal)
Tony Rice   Guitar,Vocals
Ricky Skaggs   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Rhonda Vincent   Mandolin,Vocals
Sam Bush   Mandolin
Lloyd Green   Steel Guitar
Glen Duncan   Fiddle
Bill Emerson   Banjo,Baritone (Vocal)
Larry Cordle   Vocal Harmony
Terry Eldredge   Guitar,Vocals
Lynn Morris   Guitar,Vocals
Claire Lynch   Vocals
Barry Bales   Bass,Tenor (Vocal)
Terry Baucom   Banjo
Ron Block   Banjo,Guitar,Tenor (Vocal)
Mike Bub   Baritone (Vocal),Acoustic Bass
Dudley Connell   Guitar,Tenor (Vocal)
Evelyn Cox   Vocals
Sidney Cox   Baritone (Vocal)
Suzanne Cox   Tenor (Vocal)
J.D. Crowe   Banjo,Baritone (Vocal)
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Vocals
Jimmy Gaudreau   Mandolin,Tenor (Vocal)
Mark Hembree   Bass
Rob Ickes   Dobro,Vocals
Carl Jackson   Banjo,Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Greg Luck   Guitar,Vocals
Jimmy Mattingly   Fiddle,Mandolin
Ronnie McCoury   Mandolin
Michael McLain   Banjo
David McLaughlin   Mandolin
Tim O'Brien   Rhythm Guitar
Alan O'Bryant   Tenor (Vocal)
Marc Pruett   Banjo
Tom Roady   Percussion
Mark Schatz   Bass
Tim Stafford   Guitar,Baritone (Vocal)
Adam Steffey   Mandolin
Eddie Stubbs   Fiddle
Wayne Taylor   Bass,Vocals
Dan Tyminski   Mandolin,Tenor (Vocal)
Marshall Wilborn   Bass,Vocal Harmony
Andrea Zonn   Fiddle
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
Curt Chapman   Bass
Phil Leadbetter   Guitar (Resonator)
Don Rigsby   Mandolin,Baritone (Vocal)
Barry Scott   Bass,Vocals
Darrin Vincent   Bass
Kent Wells   Hi String
Missy Raines   Bass
Tim Massey   Bass,Tenor (Vocal)
Junior Sisk   Guitar,Vocals
Mark Fain   Bass
Paul Brewster   Rhythm Guitar
Ben Isaacs   Bass
Randy Kohrs   Dobro
Bryan Sutton   Guitar
Elmer C. Burchett   Banjo,Baritone (Vocal)
Joe Mullins   Banjo
Jason Burleson   Banjo
Jim VanCleve   Fiddle
Ben O'Connor   Bass
Craig Robert Smith   Banjo
Ron Stewart   Banjo
Jim Hurst   Guitar,Background Vocals
Jamie Dailey   Guitar,Tenor (Vocal)
David Talbot   Banjo,Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Jamie Johnson   Vocal Harmony
Alecia Nugent   Vocals
Jim Runnels   Banjo,Vocals
Christopher Jones   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Bradford Lee Folk   Guitar,Vocals
James "The Penguin" King   Vocals
Alan Perdue   Mandolin
Larry Lynch   Mandolin,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jerry Douglas   Producer
Johnson Mountain Boys   Producer
Alison Krauss   Arranger,Producer
Doyle Lawson   Producer
Tony Rice   Producer
Ricky Skaggs   Producer
Ralph Stanley   Composer
Rhonda Vincent   Producer
Jimmie Davis   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
Hazel Dickens   Composer
Shawn Colvin   Composer
Hylo Brown   Composer
Larry Cordle   Composer
Patrick Brayer   Composer
Claire Lynch   Producer
Richard Adler   Producer,Engineer
Harley Allen   Composer
Tim Austin   Producer,Engineer
Dudley Connell   Arranger
J.D. Crowe   Producer
Béla Fleck   Producer
Ronnie Freeland   Producer,Engineer
Rob Ickes   Producer
Ken Irwin   Producer
Carl Jackson   Producer
Dickey Lee   Composer
Ronnie Light   Engineer
Sally Van Meter   Producer
Charles Mitchell   Composer
Toby Mountain   Mastering
Tim O'Brien   Producer
Gary Paczosa   Engineer
Allen Reynolds   Composer
Jim Robeson   Engineer
Schulman   Engineer
Larry Shell   Composer
Tim Stafford   Composer,Producer
James Tuttle   Engineer
Dan Tyminski   Producer
Bil VornDick   Engineer
Barry Scott   Composer
Lynn Morris Band   Producer
Gretchen Peters   Composer
Steve Chandler   Engineer
Andrew MacNaughtan   Cover Photo
Patrick Murphy   Engineer
Gerald F. "Jerry" Irby   Composer
Howard Sisk   Composer
Tony Laiolo   Composer
Bonnie Dodd   Composer
Luke Wooten   Engineer
Jamie Dailey   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Sarah Lainie Smith   Graphic Design
Bradford Lee Folk   Composer
Tony Smith   Engineer
Shawn Lane   Composer

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