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Bridging the Gap

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The difference between bluegrass banjo and clawhammer banjo may not be obvious to those who don't spend a lot of time listening to banjo players, but the difference is significant: bluegrass banjoists play in a three-finger picking style, using steel picks and an arpeggiated "rolling" technique that results in the immediately identifiable "shower-of-notes" bluegrass sound. Clawhammer players use the thumb and the backs of their fingernails to smack, strum and pluck the strings in a style that is usually associated with old-time string band music; it's a funkier, rounder sound that most people immediately and correctly identify with musical traditions far older and closer ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The difference between bluegrass banjo and clawhammer banjo may not be obvious to those who don't spend a lot of time listening to banjo players, but the difference is significant: bluegrass banjoists play in a three-finger picking style, using steel picks and an arpeggiated "rolling" technique that results in the immediately identifiable "shower-of-notes" bluegrass sound. Clawhammer players use the thumb and the backs of their fingernails to smack, strum and pluck the strings in a style that is usually associated with old-time string band music; it's a funkier, rounder sound that most people immediately and correctly identify with musical traditions far older and closer to the roots of folk music than bluegrass is. That's why this album by clawhammer banjo virtuoso Mark Johnson is such a hoot and a delight; it's a bluegrass-style outing in every way, with a full band and bluegrass harmonies, but also with the chunky, clawhammer sound of Johnson's banjo. It works just fine; although the album starts off on the wrong foot with a kind of dorky song about the intractability of mules, it improves quickly: there are several duets between Johnson and guest guitarist Tony Rice, a lovely and affecting rendition of "Sally Anne" the version with lyrics and a very sweet instrumental that Johnson wrote in honor of his daughter Kayla Anne. Very nice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/1997
  • Label: Pinecastle
  • UPC: 755757106924
  • Catalog Number: 1069

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Daddy Keeps on Plowin' - Mark Johnson (2:46)
  2. 2 Old Joe Clark - Mark Johnson (2:41)
  3. 3 Sally Ann - Mark Johnson (3:00)
  4. 4 Welcome to New York - Mark Johnson (3:05)
  5. 5 Rosewood Casket - Mark Johnson (4:10)
  6. 6 Kayla Anne - Mark Johnson (3:31)
  7. 7 The Cuckoo's Nest - Mark Johnson (2:26)
  8. 8 Yesterday, Tomorrow and Someday - Mark Johnson (3:21)
  9. 9 Gabriel's Trial - Mark Johnson (3:26)
  10. 10 Sweet Sunny South - Mark Johnson (3:18)
  11. 11 My Friend Betty - Mark Johnson (2:31)
  12. 12 Meadows of Dan - Mark Johnson (3:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Johnson & Clawgrass Primary Artist
Mark Johnson Indexed Contributor, Banjo
Tony Rice Guitar
Larry Rice Mandolin, Vocals
Fred Travers Dobro
Terry Campbell Bass, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal)
Allen Shadd Guitar
Allen Watkins Mandolin, Tenor (Vocal)
Pat White Fiddle
Technical Credits
Bill Emerson Producer
Peter Bonta Engineer
David Glasser Mastering
Mark O'Connor Arranger
Tom Riggs Executive Producer
Harry Stinson Arranger
Rebecca Pittard Art Direction
Terry Campbell Contributor
Allen Shadd Contributor
Allen Watkins Contributor
Mark Johnson Arranger
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