Generation Nation

Generation Nation

by Darol Anger's Republic of Strings
     
 

Crossing generations and musical boundaries, acclaimed violinist Darol Anger's Republic of Strings uses elements of old-time string band music, jazz, soul, country and early American music to construct a vivid world rich in spirit, bountiful in virtuosity. The latest configuration of the Republic of Strings includes Anger's long-time sidekick, guitarist Scott Nygaard,… See more details below

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Crossing generations and musical boundaries, acclaimed violinist Darol Anger's Republic of Strings uses elements of old-time string band music, jazz, soul, country and early American music to construct a vivid world rich in spirit, bountiful in virtuosity. The latest configuration of the Republic of Strings includes Anger's long-time sidekick, guitarist Scott Nygaard, and two young upstarts in cellist Rushad Eggleston and five-string fiddle whiz Brittany Haas. To this core add ten guest vocalists and musicians, including David Grissom's son Samson, anchoring a version of "Polska Upstairs" on bass, and the Anonymous 4's mezzo-soprano Marsha Genensky, who provides a mesmerizing double-tracked vocal on a Renaissance-flavored traditional tune, "Father Adieu." Sparkling interplay and sparring is delivered at every turn -- check out the lively interpretation of Ornette Coleman's "The Ramblin' Barber" and the furiously paced guitar-and-fiddle dialogue on the traditional monument "Lady Hamilton" -- but on this outing, the vocalists really have their day. Terry Pinkham brings a lusty, southern soul attitude to a bluegrass-inflected reading of Stephen Stills' "Bluebird"; Aoife O'Donovan, sounding much like Alison Krauss, offers a whispery take on Eggleston's "In the Basement"; and Chris Webster moans out an earthy, come-hither rendition of the Aretha masterpiece "Chain of Fools," realized here as a slow-boiling, grinding country blues. This republic is democratic, indeed.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Musical purists are always a tiresome sort, fussing about whether people are using the Galax lick appropriately in "Rockingham Cindy" or whether they're interpolating non-regional verses into the "true" version of some obscure Child ballad. But self-conscious fusioneers can be pretty annoying as well, especially if they put more emphasis on making a clever or self-consciously multicultural statement than on playing tunes that are fun to listen to. Fiddler Darol Anger is one of the most respected acoustic music fusioneers in the business, having established his reputation early as a member of the David Grisman Quintet in the 1970s, and he's the best type of fusioneer: one who puts the tune and the listener ahead of his own cleverness. Teaming up with veteran newgrass guitarist Scott Nygaard, the young cellist Rushad Eggleston, and an equally young five-string fiddler named Brittany Haas, Anger has now made two albums under the Republic of Strings rubric. The second, Generation Nation, finds the quartet bringing in multiple guest singers and instrumentalists, with some stunning (and some slightly disappointing) results. On the stunning side is an amazingly effective acoustic take on the soul classic "Chain of Fools," featuring singer Chris Webster and a smart, smoldering string arrangement. There's also a brilliant two-part medley that juxtaposes Ornette Coleman's "Ramblin'" with an obscure fiddle tune called "Yellow Barber." "The Seagull" is rhythmically weird but melodically gorgeous, and that track goes along swimmingly until it segues into "The Bay Day," on which Eggleston's out of tune cello lends a slightly sour note to the proceedings. The last half of the album is less lively and generally less compelling than the first, but everything here is worth hearing. Recommended.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/2006
Label:
Compass Records
UPC:
0766397442723
catalogNumber:
4427
Rank:
170570

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Performance Credits

Darol Anger's Republic of Strings   Primary Artist
Darol Anger   Indexed Contributor,Mandolin,Vocals,Baritone Violin
Scott Nygaard   Guitar
Chris Webster   Vocals
Marsha Genensky   Vocals
Todd Sickafoose   String Bass
Rushad Eggleston   Cello
Aoife O'Donovan   Vocals
Tyler Andal   Fiddle
Josh Pinkham   Mandolin
Brittany Haas   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Darol Anger   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Don Covay   Composer
Dave Sinko   Mastering
Ken Edwards   Engineer
Traditional   Composer

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