Classic Bluegrass, Vol. 2

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
When Moses Asch released American Banjo which focused on the influence of Earl Scruggs' innovative three-finger banjo playing technique in 1956 on his little independent Folkways label, it was the first ever full-length bluegrass LP. Asch followed it up with dozens more, and when Folkways became part of Smithsonian Recordings in 1987, Asch's bluegrass catalog was assured a quality label that would keep everything in print. The bluegrass music Asch released in the 1950s was a new hybrid driven by propulsive banjos and wailing fiddles, with astounding high, lonesome vocal harmonies, part string band, part gospel-spiritual, with more than a little of the blues to keep it ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
When Moses Asch released American Banjo which focused on the influence of Earl Scruggs' innovative three-finger banjo playing technique in 1956 on his little independent Folkways label, it was the first ever full-length bluegrass LP. Asch followed it up with dozens more, and when Folkways became part of Smithsonian Recordings in 1987, Asch's bluegrass catalog was assured a quality label that would keep everything in print. The bluegrass music Asch released in the 1950s was a new hybrid driven by propulsive banjos and wailing fiddles, with astounding high, lonesome vocal harmonies, part string band, part gospel-spiritual, with more than a little of the blues to keep it grounded. Among the many highlights on this delightful set the second bluegrass sampler the label has issued are Fred Price, Clint Howard, and Doc Watson's three-part mountain harmonies on the spiritual "Daniel Prayed"; the more old-timey than bluegrass "Won't You Come and Sing for Me?" by Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard; "I've Endured" by the late, great Ola Belle Reed, and the driving "Renegade" by Bob Everhart, which carries more than a bit of country in its DNA. Also worth noting are John Hartford's rhythmic fiddle plucking which makes the fiddle sound a bit like a wayward ukulele on "Miss Ferris," and Doc Watson's world-class flat picking guitar on "Sitting on Top of the World," a version of the old Mississippi Sheiks 78. There's a lot of soul in these tracks, and bluegrass has never sounded brighter or fresher than it did when Asch first took a chance on it some 50 years ago.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2005
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074016329
  • Catalog Number: 40163
  • Sales rank: 45,009

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blue Grass Breakdown - David Johnson (3:15)
  2. 2 Roving Gambler - The Country Gentlemen (3:10)
  3. 3 Daniel Prayed - Fred Price (2:56)
  4. 4 Fourteen-Carat Mind (2:32)
  5. 5 Won't You Come and Sing for Me? - Alice Gerrard (2:48)
  6. 6 Rocky Run - Jerry Stuart (2:51)
  7. 7 The Girl Behind the Bar (2:09)
  8. 8 Ain't Nobody Gonna Miss Me - Chubby Anthony (2:22)
  9. 9 Are You Afraid to Die? - Red Allen (2:42)
  10. 10 Walls of Time - Peter Rowan (4:08)
  11. 11 Back Up and Push (1:53)
  12. 12 I've Endured (2:52)
  13. 13 Carolina in the Pines (2:45)
  14. 14 Jesse James (2:34)
  15. 15 Two Orphans - The Georgia Pals (3:23)
  16. 16 China Grove, My Home Town (2:35)
  17. 17 Bluegrass Spectacular - Bill Price (2:41)
  18. 18 Stoney Creek (1:26)
  19. 19 Little Maggie (1:17)
  20. 20 Miss Ferris (3:55)
  21. 21 Foggy Mountain Top - Earl Taylor (2:04)
  22. 22 Sinner, You Better Get Ready (3:01)
  23. 23 Sitting on Top of the World - Doc Watson (3:08)
  24. 24 Renegade (2:02)
  25. 25 Possum Holler - Bill Price (3:02)
  26. 26 Red Wing - Tom Morgan (2:37)
  27. 27 I'll Take the Blame - Red Allen (2:24)
  28. 28 Watson's Blues - Doc Watson (2:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eddie Adcock Banjo, Vocals
Joe Miller Guitar, Vocals
Bill Monroe Mandolin, Vocals
Peter Rowan Guitar, Vocals
Marty Stuart Mandolin
John Hartford Fiddle, Vocals
Frank Wakefield Mandolin, Vocals
Doc Watson Guitar, Vocals
Hazel Dickens Bass, Vocals
Mike Seeger Bass, Guitar, Mandolin
Jerry Butler Mandolin
The Dave Clark Five Guitar, Vocals
Rex Allen Guitar, Vocals
Eric Weissberg Banjo
Don Stover Banjo, Vocals
Kevin Roth Guitar
Clint Howard Vocals
Ola Belle Reed Banjo, Vocals
Bill Emerson Banjo
Harley Allen Guitar, Vocals
Steve Bryant Bass
Jim Cox Bass, Vocals
Tom Gray Guitar
Clarence Green Mandolin
Lamar Grier Banjo
David Grisman Mandolin, Vocals
Smiley Hobbs Fiddle
Sam Porky Hutchins Guitar, Vocals
Pete Kuykendall Banjo, Vocals
Everett Lilly Mandolin, Vocals
Al McCanless Guitar
Carl Nelson Fiddle
Larry Richardson Banjo
Ralph Rinzler Guitar
Curly Seckler Guitar, Vocals
Tommy Thompson Vocals
Tom Morgan Bass
Charlie Waller Guitar, Vocals
Jim Watson Mandolin, Vocals
Gene Wooten Dobro
John Duffey Mandolin, Vocals
David Johnson Banjo
Bea Lilly Guitar, Vocals
Sonny Miller Fiddle
Earl Taylor Mandolin, Vocals
Fred Price Vocals
Chubby Anthony Fiddle, Vocals
Kenny Haddock Dobro
Walter Hensley Banjo, Vocals
Mike Lilly Banjo, Vocals
Steve Thomas Fiddle
Tom Carter Bass
Kenny Ingram Banjo, Vocals
Blake Williams Banjo
Pete Corum Bass
Bill and Libby Hicks Fiddle
James "Jimmy" Atkins Bass
Tater Tate Fiddle
Fred Weisz Vocals
Scott Adams Mandolin
Billy Baker Fiddle
Bill Price Guitar, Vocals
Bob Everhart Guitar, Vocals
Charles Adkins Bass
J. Y. Gray Bass
Lawrence Humphries Guitar, Vocals
Billie Ray Johnson Guitar
Vernon "Boatwhistle" McIntyre Bass
Bill Ober Mandolin
Elmer Pegdon Bass
Jim Phinney Bass
Warren Pinnix Track Performer
Harry Shaffer Banjo
Willis Spears Guitar, Vocals
Newman Young Mandolin
Technical Credits
Peter Rowan Composer
John Hartford Composer
Michael Martin Murphey Composer
Hazel Dickens Composer
Ola Belle Reed Composer
Walter Vinson Composer
Lonnie Chatmon Composer
Dallas Frazier Composer
Eddie Hill Composer
Randall Hylton Composer
Ira Louvin Composer
Charlie Louvin Composer
Jeff Place Producer, Liner Notes, Annotation
Carter Stanley Composer
Larry Michael Lee Composer
Lee Michael Demsey Producer, Annotation
Kerry Mills Composer
Thurland Chattaway Composer
Jerry Stuart Composer
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