Bluegrass Number 1's

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Collecting 18 chart-topping tunes culled from Bluegrass Unlimited magazine's radio charts, Bluegrass Number 1's shows both the persistence of tradition in contemporary bluegrass and the subtle infusions of jet-age propulsion over the past couple of decades. And with almost half of the cuts coming from female artists, the disc underscores the distaff side's energizing contributions -- Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, Lynn Morris, and Laurie Lewis are all powerfully represented with singular, moving performances. Vincent pays a high-lonesome tribute to the master, Bill Monroe, on the driving, gospel-tinged "Is the Grass Any Bluer," and Lewis shines on "Who Will Watch the ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Collecting 18 chart-topping tunes culled from Bluegrass Unlimited magazine's radio charts, Bluegrass Number 1's shows both the persistence of tradition in contemporary bluegrass and the subtle infusions of jet-age propulsion over the past couple of decades. And with almost half of the cuts coming from female artists, the disc underscores the distaff side's energizing contributions -- Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, Lynn Morris, and Laurie Lewis are all powerfully represented with singular, moving performances. Vincent pays a high-lonesome tribute to the master, Bill Monroe, on the driving, gospel-tinged "Is the Grass Any Bluer," and Lewis shines on "Who Will Watch the Home Place," a heart-stopping reflection on home and hearth. Gender issues aside, this survey offers stirring music from start to finish, with the artists displaying technical savvy to burn, as well as an emotional investment in the material that is rarely encountered with mainstream fare in other genres. James King brings up the traditional side in his deliberate, low-key reading of the ballad "Bed by the Window," and the Del McCoury Band add some edge to that tradition with their bristling classic "The Cold Hard Facts." The visionary J. D. Crowe & the New South light a path from the past to the present with a spirited testimonial of abiding love, "Waiting for You," replete with close three-part harmonizing and deft, economical instrumental asides. A second, bonus disc further emphasizes the vitality of contemporary bluegrass with eight cuts from young lions including Tom Adams & Michael Cleveland, Ginny Harmer, Ron Block, Open Road, and Rob Ickes. As a progress report, Bluegrass Number 1's shows the past and the present in perfect alignment and highlights the unlimited potential for a bountiful future.
All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
The idea of bluegrass "hits" seems like an anomaly, but on this two-disc, 26-song collection, some of the finest contemporary pickers and singers show their wares. And they're good wares, to say the least. Whether it's on the introductory tune, "Lonesome Wind Blues" by Rhonda Vincent, or the country leanings of "We're Steppin' Out Tonight" by Bobby Hicks with Del McCoury, the first disc has a very impressive flow to it. At times, it's not the mandolin or banjo-blazing songs in the vein of Ricky Skaggs or Bill Monroe, but the somber, folk-sy dirges like "Who Will Watch the Home Place" that are instantly attractive. Later on is another gem from Lynn Morris called "Mama's Hand," which brings to mind early Dolly Parton. The fun-loving, boogie-driven "Thirty Years of Farming" results in a grin-inducing tune, despite singing about the problems of the American farmer. Alison Krauss lends her trademark sound on "New Fool,", a mid-tempo tune rounded out by her stellar supporting cast. Bandmember Dan Tyminski gives a good performance on the laid-back "Carry Me Across the Mountain." This is in direct contrast to the old-school, rollicking toe-tapper "Riding the Danville Pike," courtesy of Blue Highway. Perhaps the highlight is "Bed by the Window" by James King, which sounds like Hank Williams or Vern Gosdin. Laurie Lewis also brings to life "Tall Pines," which is more of a roots-tinted tune than traditional bluegrass. More of the traditional influences are felt on the high yodeling of "I've Been So Lonesome." A second disc consisting of eight tunes begins with the rousing instrumental "Whistling Rufus," by Tom Adams and Michael Cleveland. Open Road has the blueprint down pat, sounding as if they're performing around one microphone with a single dim light bulb overhead during "I'm Not Perfect." One of the better tunes on this second disc is the Gillian Welch-like rendition of "My Warfare Will Soon Be Over," by Ginny Hawker. Only "Goin' Where I've Never Been Before" surpasses it; the latter is a blistering and infectious tune that, like so much of this collection, does the genre a wealth of justice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2004
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661053120
  • Catalog Number: 610531
  • Sales rank: 99,135

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lonesome Wind Blues (3:03)
  2. 2 We're Steppin' Out Tonight - Del McCoury (3:29)
  3. 3 Who Will Watch the Home Place? - Laurie Lewis (5:27)
  4. 4 Thirty Years of Farming - James King (4:28)
  5. 5 New Fool - Alison Krauss (2:50)
  6. 6 Waiting for You - New South (2:49)
  7. 7 The Bramble and the Rose (3:01)
  8. 8 Riding the Danville Pike (2:09)
  9. 9 Is the Grass Any Bluer (2:46)
  10. 10 Carry Me Across the Mountain (2:33)
  11. 11 Bed by the Window - James King (4:58)
  12. 12 Duncan & Brady (He's Been on the Job Too Long) (3:19)
  13. 13 Mama's Hand - Lynn Morris (4:12)
  14. 14 Grapes on the Vine (3:15)
  15. 15 Tall Pines - Laurie Lewis (3:17)
  16. 16 The Cold Hard Facts (2:46)
  17. 17 So Long, So Wrong - Union Station (3:10)
  18. 18 I've Never Been So Lonesome - Longview (2:47)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Whistling Rufus - Michael Cleveland (2:31)
  2. 2 Paper and Pen (3:34)
  3. 3 I'm Not Perfect - Open Road (2:56)
  4. 4 Fiddler's Dream (2:18)
  5. 5 My Warfare Will Soon Be Over - Ginny Hawker (4:32)
  6. 6 Goin' Where I've Never Been Before (3:09)
  7. 7 Johnson City - Bruce Moisky (2:22)
  8. 8 Faraway Land (3:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Alison Krauss Fiddle, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Laurie Lewis Fiddle, Vocals
Del McCoury Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Tony Rice Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Wyatt Rice Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Rhonda Vincent Mandolin, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
James King Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Todd Phillips Bass (Vocal), Background Vocals, String Bass
Glen Duncan Fiddle
Tom Adams Banjo, Background Vocals
Larry Rice Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Bill Emerson Banjo, Vocals
Lynn Morris Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Tony Adams Banjo, Baritone (Vocal), Vocal Harmony
Barry Bales Bass
Richard Bennett Guitar, Vocals
Cary Black Vocals, Acoustic Bass
Warren Blair Fiddle
Ron Block Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Tenor (Vocal)
Mike Bub Bass (Vocal), Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)
Jason Carter Fiddle
Dudley Connell Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal)
Suzanne Cox Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
J.D. Crowe Banjo, Baritone (Vocal)
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Bobby Hicks Fiddle
Rob Ickes Dobro
Rob McCoury Banjo, Piano
Ronnie McCoury Mandolin, Tenor (Vocal)
David McLaughlin Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Peter McLaughlin Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Jason Moore Bass
Frank Poindexter Dobro
Marc Pruett Banjo
Tom Rozum Mandolin, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Ricky Simkins Fiddle, Viola
Tim Stafford Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Baritone (Vocal)
Adam Steffey Mandolin
Eddie Stubbs Fiddle, Bass (Vocal)
Wayne Taylor Bass, Vocals
Dan Tyminski Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)
Marshall Wilborn Bass, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Earl Yager Bass
Curt Chapman Bass
Phil Leadbetter Dobro
Don Rigsby Mandolin, Tenor (Vocal)
Darrin Vincent Bass, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Dan McLaughlin Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal)
Mark Fain Acoustic Bass
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Joe Mullins Banjo, Vocals
Jason Burleson Banjo
Adam Poindexter Banjo, Guitar, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Craig Robert Smith Banjo
Ron Stewart Fiddle
Mary Gibbons Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Michael Cleveland Fiddle
Joe Clark Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Alison Krauss Author
Earl Scruggs Author
Hazel Dickens Composer
Barbara Keith Composer
Ted Lundy Composer
Troy Seals Composer
Charles John Quarto Composer
Patrick Brayer Composer
Richard Bennett Composer
Ron Block Composer
Sidney Cox Composer
Charles Frazier Author
Steve Gillette Composer
Rob Ickes Arranger
Ronnie McCoury Composer
Toby Mountain Mastering
John Pennell Composer
Wayne Raney Composer
Eddie Stubbs Author
Wayne Taylor Composer
Jeff White Composer
Curt Chapman Composer
Fred Eaglesmith Composer
Steven Jurgensmeyer Art Direction
Jerry Salley Composer
Billy Wallace Composer
Kate Long Composer
Damon Black Composer
Sam Humphrey Composer
Walden Dahl Composer
Traditional Composer
Bradford Lee Folk Composer
Buck Moore Composer
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