Marbletown

Marbletown

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by Blue Highway
     
 
Absolute quality has been a hallmark of Blue Highway's canon, and Marbletown doesn't lower the standard one bit. Starting with the title cut (by Mark Knopfler), the album is a series of peaks, from the aching "Tears Fell On Missouri," about a woman knowing her husband has

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Absolute quality has been a hallmark of Blue Highway's canon, and Marbletown doesn't lower the standard one bit. Starting with the title cut (by Mark Knopfler), the album is a series of peaks, from the aching "Tears Fell On Missouri," about a woman knowing her husband has left her and their children, to "Three Finger Jack," with its stunning mandolin and banjo work from Jason Burleson. By now these guys know how to make all the pieces fit together perfectly, and they do. They are all consummate musicians -- and they're gifted writers too, well worth every accolade that's been heaped on them over the last decade. Some pieces do stand out, even amidst the high quality: "Quarter Moon," with its lovely harmonies, is a gem, while "Wild Bill" offers a delicious melody for the story of Wild Bill Hickock. Once again, Blue Highway have delivered.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/07/2005
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661055827
catalogNumber:
610558
Rank:
108377

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blue Highway   Primary Artist
Rob Ickes   Dobro,Vocals,Group Member
Tim Stafford   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Wayne Taylor   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Scott Rouse   Percussion,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Sonya Isaacs   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Jason Burleson   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Group Member
Cyndi Wheeler   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Shawn Lane   Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Mark Knopfler   Composer,Author
Gary Paczosa   Engineer
Gary Scruggs   Composer
Tim Stafford   Composer
Wayne Taylor   Composer
Jon Hartley Fox   Liner Notes
Scott Rouse   Producer
Steve Gulley   Composer
Jason Burleson   Composer
Ed Rode   Cover Photo
Tim McFadden   Management
Sarah Lainie Smith   Graphic Design

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Marbletown 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not that I expected anything else, but Blue Highway has added another gem to their already dazzling collection of modern Bluegrass. "Marbletown" is another total success, from the frantic instrumental "Three-fingered Jack" to the melancholy "No Home to Go Home To" which, due to Wayne Taylor's magnificent treatment, is reminiscent of "He Walked All the Way Home:" probably the best song they have ever recorded. Not that their harmonies were ever bad, but these are better, and they attempt more of them, as opposed to their prior inclination to simply rotate leads. (Although I could handle 12 tracks of Wayne Taylor very easily). Lonesome River Band is considered in many quarters to be the Gold Standard in modern commercial Bluegrass. However, without Ronnie Bowman in the lead, something is lost. With Blue Highway it doesn't make any difference WHO sings lead. Also, LRB's material is not as compelling as it used to be. I don't find myself playing three or four tracks over and over, until I know all the lyrics. With Blue Highway I do, because their material is as good as it has ever been since their self-titled debut. I have seen Blue Highway live and I have seen Lonesome River Band live, and I never thought I would admit that LRB had an equal,let alone a superior, but times change. I was unable to attend Blue Highway's recent appearance locally, so I'm settling for LRB next week. But that's NOT what I wanted. "Marbletown" is the coup-de-grace:THE TORCH HAS BEEN PASSED.