Bluegrass Mountain Style

Bluegrass Mountain Style


For the companion volume to True Bluegrass, Rounder rolls out the big guns from its '80s bluegrass roster. Suffice it to say that their aim is true. Anyone into hot picking will be dazzled, and possibly dumbstruck, by the precision and speed of the instrumental interplay on Jerry Douglas's version…  See more details below


For the companion volume to True Bluegrass, Rounder rolls out the big guns from its '80s bluegrass roster. Suffice it to say that their aim is true. Anyone into hot picking will be dazzled, and possibly dumbstruck, by the precision and speed of the instrumental interplay on Jerry Douglas's version of "Cincinnati Rag," which also features Bela Fleck on banjo and Buck White on mandolin. That track has barely faded out when Del McCoury and his brother Jerry offer a plaintive take on Hank Williams's loping heartbreaker "My Sweet Love Ain't Around," which features the double bonus of Del's keening tenor and the brothers' beautiful harmonies. Folk wisdom radiates from the lyrics and the down-home voice of Hazel Dickens on the deceptively jaunty bluegrass/country-and-western hybrid "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow." Alison Krauss checks in with "Too Late to Cry," a cut from her first solo album, which resonates with faint echoes of the pop influence she would bring to her more recent recordings. Jim & Jesse summon the mountain harmonies of early traditional country music to energize their soaring vows of love and fidelity on "You Are the One." Ricky Skaggs, Bela Fleck, Delia Bell & Bill Grant, Sam Bush, and J. D. Crowe & the New South are among the other stalwarts who make exemplary music on Bluegrass Mountain Style while also demonstrating the intimate kinship between the genre's traditional and progressive wings.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
One of the great strengths of this bluegrass compilation is that, contrary to its title, it offers a very rich cross section of approaches to the tradition -- not only bluegrass mountain-style, but also bluegrass California-style, bluegrass urban-style, and bluegrass progressive-style. For the hardcore mountain stuff there are classic acid grass performances by the McCoury Brothers (whose rock-hard and piercing vocals on "My Sweet Love Ain't Around" constitute one of this album's highlights) and Ricky Skaggs (who delivers an absolutely slamming rendition of the high-lonesome classic "Lost and I'll Never Find the Way"). For a more urban sound you can skip over to mandolinist Andy Statman's swinging "The Whup of Love" or the late Joe Val's Boston-accented take on "Diamond Joe." California bluegrass legend Tony Rice depresses flatpickers everywhere with his fiery and headlong "John Hardy," and Tony Trischka continues his ongoing expansion of the bluegrass banjo vocabulary with his own composition entitled "Crosseyed Cricket," on which he moves easily between meat-and-potatoes Scrugs-style picking and complex melodic passages (Béla Fleck does much the same thing on his own "Texas Barbecue," which also features some fine work using Keith tuners). And that only scratches the surface of this 22-track collection. Highly recommended.

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Rounder / Umgd

Related Subjects


  1. Let the Whole World Talk
  2. The Old Home Place
  3. Cincinnati Rag  - Jerry Douglas
  4. My Sweet Love Ain't Around
  5. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow  - Hazel Dickens
  6. Texas Barbeque  - Béla Fleck
  7. Lost and I'll Never Find the Way
  8. Sweet Little Miss Blues Eyes  -  Here Today
  9. John Hardy  - Tony Rice
  10. Crosseyed Cricket  - Tony Trischka
  11. Who's That Kinockin' at My Door?
  12. Your Letter's Overdue  -  Delia Bell & Bill Grant
  13. Leather Britches
  14. Someone Play Dixie for Me
  15. Diamond Joe  -  Joe Val & The New England Bluegrass Boys
  16. The Whup of Love  - Andy Statman
  17. Too Late to Cry  - Alison Krauss
  18. You Are the One  -  Jim & Jesse
  19. Cherokee Maggie
  20. Old Devil's Dream
  21. I'd Rather Be Alone
  22. Rose of My Heart

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Russ Barenberg   Acoustic Guitar
Norman Blake   Guitar
Bluegrass Album Band   Track Performer
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Dry Branch Fire Squad   Track Performer
Jim & Jesse   Track Performer
Johnson Mountain Boys   Track Performer
Alison Krauss   Fiddle,Vocals
Doyle Lawson   Mandolin,Tenor (Vocal)
McCoury Brothers   Track Performer
Del McCoury   Guitar,Vocals
Nashville Bluegrass Band   Track Performer
David Parmley   Guitar
Tony Rice   Guitar,Vocals
Peter Rowan   Guitar,Vocals
Ricky Skaggs   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Tony Trischka   Banjo
Sam Bush   Banjo,Fiddle,Mandolin
Whitstein Brothers   Track Performer
Hazel Dickens   Vocals
Buck White   Mandolin,Mandola
Todd Phillips   Bass
Allen Shelton   Banjo
Glen Duncan   Fiddle,Vocal Harmony
Dreadful Snakes   Track Performer
Blaine Sprouse   Fiddle
Mike Compton   Mandolin
Bill Grant   Vocals
Jesse McReynolds   Mandolin,Vocals
Andy Statman   Mandolin
Delia Bell   Vocals
Joe Val   Mandolin,Vocals
Joseph Allen   Acoustic Bass
Bob Applebaum   Mandolin
Jim Buchanan   Fiddle
Vassar Clements   Fiddle
Dudley Connell   Guitar,Vocals
J.D. Crowe   Banjo,Baritone (Vocal)
Dave Denman   Vocal Harmony
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Dave Edmundson   Mandolin,Tenor (Vocal)
Pat Enright   Guitar,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Dick Erwin   Bass
Ed Ferris   Bass
Béla Fleck   Banjo,Baritone (Vocal)
Vince Gill   Guitar,Tenor (Vocal)
Tommy Goldsmith   Guitar
Emory Gordy   Bass
David Grisman   Mandolin,Baritone (Vocal)
Mark Hembree   Bass
Bobby Hicks   Fiddle
John Hisey   Banjo,Bass (Vocal)
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass
Mary Jo Leet   Baritone (Vocal)
Eric Levenson   Bass
Jerry McCoury   Bass,Vocals
David McLaughlin   Fiddle,Mandolin
Jim McReynolds   Guitar,Vocals
Lonnie Meeker   Guitar
Alan O'Bryant   Banjo,Tenor (Vocal)
Herb Pedersen   Banjo,Vocals
Marc Pruett   Banjo
Mark Schatz   Bass
Bobby Slone   Bass
Eddie Stubbs   Fiddle
Ron Thomason   Guitar,Vocals
Richard Underwood   Banjo
Cheryl Warren   Vocal Harmony
Roland White   Mandolin,Vocals
Charles Whitstein   Tenor (Vocal)
Robert Whitstein   Vocals
Roy Huskey   Bass
Marty Confurius   Acoustic Bass
Larry Robbins   Bass
Joey Allen   Acoustic Bass
J.D. Crowe & the New South   Track Performer
Joe Val & The New England Bluegrass Boys   Track Performer
Charlie Collins   Guitar
Dave Dillon   Guitar
Paul Silvius   Banjo
Here Today   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Maxine Brown   Composer
Jim Ed Brown   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Toby Mountain   Mastering
Rainer Maria Rilke   Liner Notes
W. Fowler   Composer

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