Kickin' Grass

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
On his debut album, Kickin' Grass, Jesse Brock hits the ground at a steady gallop. The jazzed-up title track jumps out of the gate as though it has something to prove, and three minutes later it has finished strong. Two-thirds of the album features instrumentals, and with tunes like "Georgia Stomp" and "Red Rooster," Brock always keeps at least one foot in traditional bluegrass. The album is enriched by the contributions of a number of fellow pickers who dropped by during the recording sessions. Familiar artists like Rob Ickes, Jim Hurst, and Lynn Morris, whose band Brock currently plays in, make guest appearances. One of the elements that sets Kickin' Grass apart ...
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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
On his debut album, Kickin' Grass, Jesse Brock hits the ground at a steady gallop. The jazzed-up title track jumps out of the gate as though it has something to prove, and three minutes later it has finished strong. Two-thirds of the album features instrumentals, and with tunes like "Georgia Stomp" and "Red Rooster," Brock always keeps at least one foot in traditional bluegrass. The album is enriched by the contributions of a number of fellow pickers who dropped by during the recording sessions. Familiar artists like Rob Ickes, Jim Hurst, and Lynn Morris, whose band Brock currently plays in, make guest appearances. One of the elements that sets Kickin' Grass apart from other new acoustic albums is the inclusion of songs/instrumentals from a variety of sources. While Brock's self-penned title track and "Lil' Ben" are good tunes, many players can bog a project down with mediocre material in their rush to write their own music. Although Brock offers a tentative lead vocal on "She's No Angel" and on the first verse of "You're the Best of All the Leading Brands," his specialty is playing mandolin. Aficionados of new acoustic music with a bent toward traditional styles will undoubtedly want to pick up a copy of Kickin' Grass. Mandolin players, both novices and professionals, will want to check out the competition.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/11/2002
  • Label: Pinecastle
  • UPC: 755757650120
  • Catalog Number: 6501
  • Sales rank: 369,619

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jesse Brock Primary Artist, Mandolin, Vocals, Harmony
Tom Adams Banjo
Lynn Morris Claw Hammer Banjo
Rob Ickes Guitar (Resonator)
David McLaughlin Percussion
Jason Moore Bass
Alan O'Bryant Vocals
Wayne Taylor Tenor (Vocal)
Marshall Wilborn Bass
Ron Stewart Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Baritone (Vocal)
Jim Hurst Guitar
Technical Credits
Pete Wernick Liner Notes
Tim Austin Engineer
John Eberle Mastering
Bob Murray Art Direction
Scott Bolen Engineer
Ron Stewart Producer, Engineer
Jesse Brock Producer, Collage
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Grandificent album of 'grass that delivers a real big kick in the pants

    Since he began performing professionally at age nine, Jesse Brock has built a reputation as a young man who gets the job done. He's clearly got a lot of musical savy. Two-thirds of the cuts on Jesse Brock's debut release, "Kickin' Grass," are real jammin' instrumental dazzlers. They include originals (Kickin' Grass, Lil' Ben), a traditional cross-picked offering (Home Sweet Home), and tunes from David McLaughlin (Georgia Stomp, Maury River Blues), Frank Wakefield (New Camptown Races), Jimmy Martin/Harold Donny (Red Rooster), and Ron Stewart/Slavek Hanzlik (Roadrunner). By the third cut on this album, "You're the Best of all the Leading Brands," Jesse is sharing lead vocals with Alan O'Bryant on a song he learned from an album released in the 1970s by Lester Flatt and Mac Wiseman. Brock also does a fine job on lead vocals on "She's No Angel," and "The Girl in the Blue Velvet Band," and "Mother Knows Best." Over the years, Jesse Brock has cut his teeth in his family's band, then Stonewall Bluegrass, Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, and Lynn Morris' band, which he currently tours with. Kickin' Grass is a splendid showcase of Brock's singing and mandolin picking, with good song selection and accompaniment. Guests include some pretty classy pickers in their own right: Jason Moore (bass), Ron Stewart (banjo, guitar, fiddle, vocals), Tom Adams (banjo), Jason Carter (fiddle), Rob Ickes (resophonic guitar), Marshall Wilborn (bass), Alan O'Bryant (vocals), Wayne Taylor (vocals), Lynn Morris (clawhammer banjo), David McLaughlin (snare drum on "Red Rooster"), and Jim Hurst (guitar). This is a grandificent album of 'grass that delivers a real big kick in the pants. Pick one up, and I'll think you'll be pleased too. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

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