Common Ground

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Back in the 1970s and '80s, "progressive" bluegrass more often than not meant three things: an electric bass, lots of melodic Trischka/Keith-style banjo, and cover versions of rock & roll songs like "Lay Down Sally" or, in one embarrassing case, "Why Must I Be a Teenager in Love?." These days there's a new breed of progressive bluegrass players on the scene, of which Blueridge is a good example. The group's sound is deeply rooted in traditional bluegrass, with rich four-part harmonies and a relatively straight-ahead playing style. But with Common Ground, the group presents a program consisting entirely of newly written songs -- no "Uncle Pen," no "Flint Hill Special."...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Back in the 1970s and '80s, "progressive" bluegrass more often than not meant three things: an electric bass, lots of melodic Trischka/Keith-style banjo, and cover versions of rock & roll songs like "Lay Down Sally" or, in one embarrassing case, "Why Must I Be a Teenager in Love?." These days there's a new breed of progressive bluegrass players on the scene, of which Blueridge is a good example. The group's sound is deeply rooted in traditional bluegrass, with rich four-part harmonies and a relatively straight-ahead playing style. But with Common Ground, the group presents a program consisting entirely of newly written songs -- no "Uncle Pen," no "Flint Hill Special." That's unusual even for most newgrass bands. And the songs themselves often depart considerably from the three-chord orthodoxy of traditional bluegrass, as on the fairly sophisticated "Talk It Out" and the complicated arrangement of "Appalachian Queen," a train song that incorporates elements of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" but demonstrates an innovative approach to solo placement. The singing is consistently excellent, as are the songs. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/1999
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891389523
  • Catalog Number: 3895
  • Sales rank: 336,216

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Katie's Winter Love (3:00)
  2. 2 Shoot the Moon (2:26)
  3. 3 No Sad Goodbyes (4:30)
  4. 4 Talk It Out (4:02)
  5. 5 It's So Cold (3:24)
  6. 6 Rosa Lee (3:32)
  7. 7 Appalachian Queen (2:15)
  8. 8 Every Dog Must Have It's Day (2:54)
  9. 9 I Don't Know Why (2:55)
  10. 10 Sugar Coated Love - Blue Ridge (3:03)
  11. 11 New Road (2:42)
  12. 12 Highway Bound (2:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blueridge Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Tim Austin Bass
Terry Baucom Banjo, Vocals
Tim Smith Fiddle
Randy Graham Bass, Vocals
Blue Ridge Track Performer
Alan Bibey Mandolin, Vocals
Wayne Winkle Guitar, Vocals
Ronnie Stewart Fiddle
Technical Credits
Tim Austin Engineer
David Glasser Mastering
Dan Tyminski Engineer
Blueridge Producer
Dave Glasser Mastering
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