Field Guide

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Relying on the same personnel as on their 2002 self-titled release, John Reischman and the Jaybirds' return with another strong effort. A newcomer to the Jaybirds could easily listen to the lead track, a hard-driving take on "Lonesome Dove," and imagine that more bluegrass versions of traditional songs will follow. The second cut, however, borrows a more contemporary piece from Carol Elizabeth Jones, "She Could Have Loved Him." Bassist Trisha Gagnon's vocal has a full resonance that brings an emotional depth to this sad story of love gone wrong. By the third track, an instrumental written by Reischman, it becomes apparent just how stylistically varied the band is. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Relying on the same personnel as on their 2002 self-titled release, John Reischman and the Jaybirds' return with another strong effort. A newcomer to the Jaybirds could easily listen to the lead track, a hard-driving take on "Lonesome Dove," and imagine that more bluegrass versions of traditional songs will follow. The second cut, however, borrows a more contemporary piece from Carol Elizabeth Jones, "She Could Have Loved Him." Bassist Trisha Gagnon's vocal has a full resonance that brings an emotional depth to this sad story of love gone wrong. By the third track, an instrumental written by Reischman, it becomes apparent just how stylistically varied the band is. Both Reischman, Gagnon, and guitarist Jim Nunally handle most of the vocals, providing endless variety, and banjoist Nick Hornbuckle and fiddler Greg Spatz add instrumental muscle. Despite this variety, Field Guide never seems scattershot. Instead, the acoustic arrangements, lovely harmonies, and the band's overall approach to the material give the album unity. What's so curious and satisfying about the band's eclecticism is its ability to combine bluegrass, old-timey, and neo-folk to create a hybrid all its own. Fans of the previous album will want a copy of Field Guide, but so will anyone else who enjoys a fresh, respectful take on roots music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2004
  • Label: Copper Creek
  • UPC: 722321022126
  • Catalog Number: 221

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Reischman Primary Artist, Mandolin, Vocals, Group Member
Jim Nunally Baritone (Vocal)
Greg Spatz Fiddle, Group Member
Technical Credits
A.P. Carter Composer
Carol Elizabeth Jones Composer
Jim Nunally Composer, Producer, Engineer, Mastering
John Reischman Composer, Art Direction
Tim Stafford Liner Notes
Kevin Gordon Composer
Traditional Composer
Susan Crowe Composer
Trisha Gagnon Composer
Nick Hornbuckle Composer
John Reischmann Producer
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