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Earl Scruggs and Friends
     

Earl Scruggs and Friends

by Earl Scruggs
 
As sideman, bandleader, and visionary, septuagenarian Earl Scruggs has cut a swath through country music history wide enough to have crossed property lines and infringed on rock music's turf, too. Such is the evidence on Earl Scruggs and Friends, what with the likes of Elton John (on a reimagining of "Country Comfort"),

Overview

As sideman, bandleader, and visionary, septuagenarian Earl Scruggs has cut a swath through country music history wide enough to have crossed property lines and infringed on rock music's turf, too. Such is the evidence on Earl Scruggs and Friends, what with the likes of Elton John (on a reimagining of "Country Comfort"), Melissa Etheridge, and Sting sitting in. But the day really belongs to Scruggs, whose banjo solos on his first new recording in 17 years remain a wonder of inventiveness and economy, and to the country-rooted artists joining him here. Dwight Yoakam reduces the competition to rubble with the fevered "Borrowed Love," a cautionary tale about the wages of wanton desire written on the spot by Yoakam, Scruggs, and his son, project producer Randy Scruggs. "True Love Never Dies" is an occasion for gritty trade-off vocals by Gary Scruggs and Travis Tritt, and hot picking by Scruggs père et fils. John Fogerty sparks a bluegrass workout on the traditional "Blue Ridge Mountain Blues" with his bold, twangy vocal setting the stage for Scruggs, fiddler Glen Duncan, and Dobro maestro Jerry Douglas to tear it up with their respective solos. Vince Gill, with Rosanne Cash adding silky, seductive vocal harmony, offers a remarkably tenderhearted "I Found Love." Bookending rough-hewn vocals by Don Henley, Johnny Cash adds gravitas to "Passin' Thru" (co-written with Randy Scruggs) by way of stentorian spoken verses that smack of philosophical insights from a backwoods Lao-Tzu. And for good measure there's a nearly five-minute taste of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," courtesy of an all-star instrumental lineup whose members include Leon Russell, Albert Lee (with a fabulous solo), Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, and Steve Martin, in addition to the Scruggs family and others.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Maria Konicki Dinoia
Earl Scruggs practically invented the word banjo, and perhaps because of that he can count some of the most elite musicians among his "friends": Elton John, Sting, Melissa Etheridge, Don Henley, Johnny Cash, John Fogerty, and the list goes on. In a career that spans 50 years, Scruggs' five-string banjo stylings have helped to define American music. Here, on this 12-track compilation produced by son Randy, those banjo stylings can be heard in the same folk-based music he's known for, and also combined with a fresh and unequaled range of material that comes with having so many varied and dissimilar artists involved. Every song has a unique story to tell, but is always brandished with that distinctive Scruggs polish.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2001
Label:
Mca Mod Afw
UPC:
0008817018928
catalogNumber:
170189
Rank:
16847

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Earl Scruggs   Primary Artist,Banjo,Vocal Harmony
Steve Martin   Track Performer
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Marty Stuart   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Johnny Cash   Vocals
Rosanne Cash   Vocals
Travis Tritt   Vocals
Dwight Yoakam   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Ashley Cleveland   Vocal Harmony
Melissa Etheridge   Vocals,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
John Fogerty   Vocals
Don Henley   Vocals
Elton John   Piano,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Albert Lee   Guitar
Leon Russell   Organ
John Jorgenson   Electric Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Glen Duncan   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Paul Shaffer   Piano
Kenny Aronoff   Percussion,Drums
Michael Baird   Drums
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar
Jim Cox   Synthesizer,Synthesizer Guitar
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Dan Dugmore   Dobro
Vince Gill   Electric Guitar,Vocals
David Hungate   Bass
Carl Jackson   Vocal Harmony
Kipper   Synthesizer
Jay Dee Maness   Steel Guitar
George Marinelli   Electric Guitar
Greg Morrow   Percussion,Drums
Michael Omartian   Synthesizer,Piano
Dave Pomeroy   Bass,Vocal Harmony
Gary Scruggs   Harmonica,Vocals
Randy Scruggs   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Harry Stinson   Drums,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Pete Wasner   Keyboards
Willie Weeks   Bass
Glenn Worf   Bass,Upright Bass
Reese Wynans   Organ,Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Leland Sklar   Bass
Billy Bob Thornton   Track Performer
Joe Sumner   Vocal Harmony
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Earl Scruggs   Composer,Liner Notes
Dwight Yoakam   Composer
Sally Browder   Engineer
Michael Dumas   Engineer
Ron Reynolds   Engineering
Randy Scruggs   Composer,Producer
Simon Osborne   Engineer
Louise Scruggs   Liner Notes,Management
Glenn Spinner   Engineer
Todd Parker   Engineer
Eric Conn   Mastering Editor
D.J. McLachlan   Representation

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