In the Mountaintops to Roam

In the Mountaintops to Roam

by David Peterson
     
 
David Peterson is proudly retro, leading his bluegrass band, 1946, named after the year Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs joined Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys. On his third album, Peterson, as usual, turns in faithful re-creations of a series of bluegrass and early

Overview

David Peterson is proudly retro, leading his bluegrass band, 1946, named after the year Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs joined Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys. On his third album, Peterson, as usual, turns in faithful re-creations of a series of bluegrass and early country standards, including Mac Wiseman's "I'll Still Write Your Name in the Sand" (with its songwriter, Buddy Spicher, sitting in on fiddle) and "Bluebirds Are Singing for Me"; the Delmore Brothers' "Some of These Days (You're Gonna Be Sad)" and "Put Me on the Trail to Carolina"; and Hank Snow's "The Golden Rocket." But this time around, Peterson is also adding his own originals to the mix and, not surprisingly, they often sound very similar to the old favorites he usually likes to play. The album's title song is a sad mountain ballad Peterson wrote with Julie Lee. "Prayin' Shoes" is a gospel number, no surprise from a performer who chose music over preaching and who indicates in the album's annotations that he might reverse his decision someday. "Fool's Moon," another original, could be mistaken for a song from 60 years earlier. You can't say that about "1946," Peterson's time-capsule description of his favorite year, one he was not born early enough to experience firsthand. But the song is a clear statement of the performer's viewpoint. The first year after World War II was also a year of strikes and inflation in a country still riven by racial prejudice and beginning to suffer from the recriminations of redbaiting. But Peterson's is a rosy Reaganite fantasy of a time when doors could be left unlocked and the buck stopped at the desk of President Truman, and he's entitled to his opinion. Indisputably, it was a year when some of the best bluegrass music began to be made, and Peterson's career is a testament to that.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/24/2009
Label:
Cd Baby
UPC:
0635759170928
catalogNumber:
5637430714
Rank:
329085

Tracks

  1. I'll Still Write Your Name in the Sand
  2. Some of These Days (You're Gonna Be Sad)
  3. Careless Love
  4. In the Mountaintops to Roam
  5. A Good Woman's Love
  6. In Despair
  7. Put Me on the Trail to Carolina
  8. Prayin' Shoes
  9. Bluebirds Are Singing for Me
  10. Fool's Moon
  11. 1946
  12. You'll Find Her Name Written There
  13. The Golden Rocket
  14. Red Rockin' Chair

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Peterson   Primary Artist
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Mike Compton   Mandolin
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Shelton Feazell   Vocals
Rob Ickes   Dobro,Guitar
Larry Marrs   Vocals
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle,Guitar
Charlie Cushman   Banjo,Guitar
Casey Driessen   Fiddle
Aaron Till   Fiddle
David Peterson & 1946   Guitar,Vocals
Mickey Boles   Mandolin,Vocals

Technical Credits

Mac Wiseman   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Martha E. Koenig   Composer
Larry Marrs   Engineer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Harold Hensley   Composer
Alton Delmore   Composer
Rabon Delmore   Composer
Julie Lee   Composer
Buddy Starcher   Composer
Jerry Salley   Composer
Roger Helton   Composer
Clarence E. Snow   Composer
Craig Havighurst   Liner Notes
Joe Ahr   Composer
Cy Coben   Composer
Traditional   Composer
David Peterson   Composer
Drew Huddleston   Art Direction
John Swaim   Composer
David Peterson & 1946   Arranger,Producer

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