Livin' with the Blues

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
While the extraordinary fiddler Vassar Clements is known for his countless recordings in the world of bluegrass and country music, he's also a convincing blues interpreter. He is matched with a wide-ranging group of musicians and repertoire by producer David Grisman in this delightful Acoustic Disc CD. Clements' playing takes on an almost conversational tone throughout a good part of these sessions, while he is obviously having a rollicking good time with his fellow players, no matter the setting. The legendary bluesman Robert Johnson's "Beatrice Got a Phonograph" is an amazing duet by Clements with Roy Rogers who sings while playing an amplified Martin guitar, though it is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
While the extraordinary fiddler Vassar Clements is known for his countless recordings in the world of bluegrass and country music, he's also a convincing blues interpreter. He is matched with a wide-ranging group of musicians and repertoire by producer David Grisman in this delightful Acoustic Disc CD. Clements' playing takes on an almost conversational tone throughout a good part of these sessions, while he is obviously having a rollicking good time with his fellow players, no matter the setting. The legendary bluesman Robert Johnson's "Beatrice Got a Phonograph" is an amazing duet by Clements with Roy Rogers who sings while playing an amplified Martin guitar, though it is the leader's personal sound that leaves a lasting impression. His fiddle almost seems to smirk throughout Tampa Red's "Dead Cats on the Line," which is also highlighted by Bob Brozman's guitar and Bobby Cochran's lead vocals, with Norton Buffalo providing harmony. It's hard to beat the interplay between Clements, Buffalo on harmonica, and guitarist Bob Brozman in the trio rendition of "Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning." Clements and Brozman evidently concocted "Fiddlin' and Faddlin'" in the studio, with Brozman also playing percussion on his guitar behind the leader's blistering introductory solo. Elvin Bishop adds a touch of humor with his amusing originals, including the down-home blues "Dirty Drawers" and the funky "That's My Thing," adding Norton Buffalo's soulful harmonica. Maria Muldaur's gritty vocals shine in Doc Watson's "Honey Babe Blues" and "I Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle." Dave Matthews is at the piano for the infectious "Mambo Boogie" co-written by Clements, Matthews, and Buffalo. All in all, this is a very entertaining meeting by a group of seasoned musicians.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2004
  • Label: Acoustic Disc
  • UPC: 715949105821
  • Catalog Number: 58

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vassar Clements Primary Artist, Fiddle
Charlie Musselwhite Harmonica
Elvin Bishop Electric Guitar, Vocals
Bob Brozman Guitar, Vocals, Kona Guitar, Guitar (Baritone)
Maria Muldaur Vocals
Norton Buffalo Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Bobby Cochran Drums, Vocals
Ruth Davies Acoustic Bass
Marc Silber Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Dave Mathews Piano
Technical Credits
Skip James Composer
Blind Willie Johnson Composer
Doc Watson Composer
Elvin Bishop Composer
Steve Cropper Composer
Bob Brozman Arranger, Composer
Tampa Red Composer
Norton Buffalo Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Matt Glaser Liner Notes
Vassar Clements Arranger
Larry Cummings Engineer
David Grisman Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Robert Johnson Composer
Booker T. Jones Composer
Craig Miller Executive Producer
Marc Silber Composer
Lewis Steinberg Composer
Paul Stubblebine Mastering
Al Jackson Jr. Composer
Traditional Composer
Brenna Ramirez Art Direction
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