Darkness on the Delta

Darkness on the Delta

by Kenny Baker
     
 
If placing two great fiddlers like Kenny Baker and Bobby Hicks together sounds like a great idea, that's because it is. Darkness on the Delta isn't just a fiddle fest, however. Hicks and Baker are joined by banjoist Allen Shelton, mandolinists Larry Sledge and Buck White, guitarist

Overview

If placing two great fiddlers like Kenny Baker and Bobby Hicks together sounds like a great idea, that's because it is. Darkness on the Delta isn't just a fiddle fest, however. Hicks and Baker are joined by banjoist Allen Shelton, mandolinists Larry Sledge and Buck White, guitarist Benny Williams, and bassist Roy Husky Jr. on 11 country-bluegrass classics. The presence of a band provides a nice underpinning for the fiddles, but also gives the songs weight and substance. While there are plenty of fine solos on the title cut and "Faded Love," Hicks and Baker's specialty is playing in unison, which creates a lovely, flowing sound that harks back to Western swing. This approach works particularly well on waltzes -- "McHattie's Waltz" and "Westphalia Waltz" -- and classics like Bill Monroe's sprightly "Tallahassee" and exciting "Louisville Breakdown." Since this is a pure instrumental affair, there's plenty of time for solo work from the other players, too, but no one shows off. Instead, all of the music feels organic and falls together beautifully. Originally recorded in 1980, Darkness on the Delta is rather short at 30 minutes, but everything included works exceptionally well and fiddle fans will be happy County reissued the album in 2004.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2004
Label:
County Records
UPC:
0009001273321
catalogNumber:
2733
Rank:
166761

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny Baker   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Soloist
Buck White   Mandolin
Allen Shelton   Banjo
Bobby Hicks   Fiddle,Soloist
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass
Benny Williams   Guitar
Larry Sledge   Mandolin

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
Kenny Baker   Composer
Paul Mares   Composer
Bruce Nemerov   Producer,Audio Production
P.D. Scots Pipe Band   Composer
Leon Roppolo   Composer
Elmer Schoebel   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Raymond Simone   Jacket Design
Tom Behrens   Engineer
John Wills   Composer
Jerry Levinson   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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