Let It Fly

Let It Fly

by The Dillards
     
 
Over the years, the Dillards have had their share of personnel changes. When they recorded Let It Fly for Vanguard in 1990, the main participants were founding member Rodney Dillard (lead vocals), Steve Cooley (acoustic guitar, banjo), Dean Webb

Overview

Over the years, the Dillards have had their share of personnel changes. When they recorded Let It Fly for Vanguard in 1990, the main participants were founding member Rodney Dillard (lead vocals), Steve Cooley (acoustic guitar, banjo), Dean Webb (mandolin), and Mitch Jayne (who co-wrote a few of the tunes). Produced by the Desert Rose Band's Herb Pedersen, Let It Fly is really more country-rock than bluegrass -- no one will mistake this CD for a collection of Bill Monroe recordings from the '40s. Let It Fly, which favors a blend of acoustic and electric instruments, doesn't cater to bluegrass purists. But then, the Dillards quit catering to bluegrass purists in the '60s when they started using electric instruments. Let It Fly should be judged by country-rock standards -- not traditional bluegrass standards -- and when country-rock standards are applied, one realizes that the album is excellent. Although bluegrass purists will be disappointed to learn that Let It Fly is far from a carbon copy of the Dillards' earliest recordings, country-rock items like "Out on a Limb," "Livin' in the House," and "Close the Door Lightly" have more heart than most of the slick, contrived stuff that country radio was playing in the early '90s. Rodney Dillard is expressive and convincing throughout the album, and in a perfect world, Let It Fly would have received a lot of airplay on country radio. But country radio didn't give this release the time of day. And while that was regrettable, it certainly wasn't the end of the world. The Dillards still had plenty of hardcore fans, and those are the people who bought Let It Fly. Arguably, Let It Fly is the best album that the Dillards provided in the '90s.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/1991
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707946025
catalogNumber:
79460

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dillards   Primary Artist
Rodney Dillard   Dobro,Vocals,Background Vocals,Harmony
Byron Berline   Fiddle
Tom Brumley   Pedal Steel Guitar
Bill Bryson   Bass
Steve Cooley   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Rhythm Guitar,Hi String
Mitch Jayne   Recitation
Scott MacPherson   Voices
Herb Pedersen   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Harmony,Vocal Harmony
Dean Webb   Mandolin
Rick Williams   Drums

Technical Credits

Dillards   Arranger
Mitch Jayne   Contributor
Scott MacPherson   Engineer
Herb Pedersen   Producer
Kent Crawford   Executive Producer
Keven Shults   Artwork,Cover Art

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