Generation Nation

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
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.
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: 4/4/2006
  • Label: Compass Records
  • UPC: 766397442723
  • Catalog Number: 4427
  • Sales rank: 160,363

Album Credits

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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