Grown Up (A Revisionist History)

Grown Up (A Revisionist History)

by The Chapmans
     
 
This may well be the first time the idea of historical revisionism has been invoked in the title of a bluegrass album. Despite what the title might seem to suggest, this isn't a best-of. It's their first album for the Compass label, and as it turns out it's the first part of the album title that really signifies: this is bluegrass by musicians who have matured into

Overview

This may well be the first time the idea of historical revisionism has been invoked in the title of a bluegrass album. Despite what the title might seem to suggest, this isn't a best-of. It's their first album for the Compass label, and as it turns out it's the first part of the album title that really signifies: this is bluegrass by musicians who have matured into their talent and seem to have little to prove. The songs themselves are the focus of the music-making, and while the band's playing is absolutely tight and professional, there's precious little here in the way of high-flying technical fireworks or complex vocal harmonies. (Though we do get a bit of fancy-pants Dobro picking from guest musician Rob Ickes.) And what songs they are: the original "Why Did You Lie" opens the program in a defiantly midtempo and absolutely perfectly heartbroken mode; a tasteful rendition of Buck Owens' classic "Love's Gonna Live Here" (with guest vocalist Rhonda Vincent) tips the hat graciously to the departed master of Bakersfield country; the swinging "Bubble Gum Baby" may be a trifle, but it's also a fine example of bluegrass-style Texas swing, a fusion not commonly attempted and even more rarely mastered. And if you find yourself missing the technical fireworks that bluegrass albums so often offer, the group does throw you a bone with "El Cumbanchero" -- not that it sounds like bluegrass. What it sounds like is norteño klezmer music, which is pretty dang nifty. And in the Cool Covers department, we've got Sam Cooke's "Bring It on Home to Me," while in the Uncool Covers department, we've got James Taylor's "Rolling Away on a Big Sternwheeler." Something for everyone, in other words. Brilliant.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/09/2010
Label:
Compass Records
UPC:
0766397453224
catalogNumber:
4532
Rank:
269721

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chapmans   Primary Artist
Rhonda Vincent   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Violin
Rob Ickes   Dobro,Weissenborn
Jason Chapman   Bass,Vocals,Baritone
Jeremy Chapman   Mandolin,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Noam Pikelny   Banjo
Molly Healey   Cello
John Chapman   Banjo,Fiddle,Guitar,Viola,Vocals,Lead
Bill Chapman   Banjo,Bass

Technical Credits

Eddy Arnold   Composer
Buck Owens   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Bill LaBounty   Composer
Rafael Hernández   Composer
Tony Hatch   Composer
Sam Hogin   Composer
Jackie Trent   Composer
Phil Barnhart   Composer
Doug Elrick   Composer
Wally Fowler   Composer
Chapmans   Engineering
Jeremy Chapman   Composer
John Chapman   Composer
J. Graydon Hall   Composer
Chuck Tinsley   Composer

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