Bluegrass: The Little Grasscals

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
As part of the world traditions-exploring series of albums on Naxos, bluegrass stands as representative of American traditional music. A crew of pickers following in Bill Monroe's tradition are called forth to present a number of traditional bluegrass numbers, and do so with some pretty good skill. The banjo and mandolin players are probably the highlights of the ensemble, taking Earl Scruggs' three-finger plucking quite seriously and producing the ordered, yet frantic sound that represents bluegrass so well. The fiddlers show off some good work on the way as well. While the songs are all old standards, it's the spontaneity of improvisation that brings them to life, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
As part of the world traditions-exploring series of albums on Naxos, bluegrass stands as representative of American traditional music. A crew of pickers following in Bill Monroe's tradition are called forth to present a number of traditional bluegrass numbers, and do so with some pretty good skill. The banjo and mandolin players are probably the highlights of the ensemble, taking Earl Scruggs' three-finger plucking quite seriously and producing the ordered, yet frantic sound that represents bluegrass so well. The fiddlers show off some good work on the way as well. While the songs are all old standards, it's the spontaneity of improvisation that brings them to life, along with some decent vocals from the various singers with the ensemble. There's a definite twang inherent in all the sounds, probably enough to scare off the majority of the country-hating crowd. Despite this, the music is really performed quite well. It might not be the Foggy Mountain Boys, but it's not bad by any stretch of the word, either.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/16/2002
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 636943703427
  • Catalog Number: 76034
  • Sales rank: 319,022

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Little Grasscals Primary Artist
Mike Compton Mandolin, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)
Terry Eldredge Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Booie Beach Guitar
Mike Bub String Bass
Rob Ickes Guitar (Resonator)
Lester Armistead Tenor (Vocal)
David Talbot Banjo, Baritone (Vocal)
Jamie Johnson Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Mike Armistead Vocals
Shad Cobb Fiddle
Technical Credits
Merle Travis Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Aretha Franklin Composer
Mark Howard Engineer
Terry Eldredge Sound Effects
Paul Kingsbury Liner Notes
Fiddlin' Arthur Smith Composer
Ronnie Thomas Mastering
M. Christian Composer
Public Domain Composer
Traditional Composer
Mike Armistead Contributor
Dolores Canavan Executive Producer
J.P. Crabtree Engineer
J.P. Crabtree Engineer
Patrick Isbey Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    real bluegrass by the world's best pickers

    since the deluge of bluegrass recordings released since the success of the 'o brother, where art thou' soundtrack this one nails on the head what 95% of them are missing- the true spirit of the music. this one seems to have been made for the sake of paying homage to the traditions of the music and not to spin it in any other direction and for the joy of playing this music that is, as it says in the liner notes, a true american treasure. don't get me wrong, these traditional tunes are played by hot young musicians who play with an aggressivness that would make bill monroe proud- it's not just a stroll through the park on these farmiliar tunes. if you really want to know true, real bluegrass- what hardcore bluegrass fans would call ''a**-kickin' bluegrass'' check this cd out and you'll get infected like thousands have since the day bill monroe shook hands with a young earl scruggs. these pickers on this recording are the real deal- this music is in their hearts and they are playing out of love and not out of possibility of success be it finacially or worldly. it's the best i've heard in a long, long time.

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