Marbletown

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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: ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2005
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661055827
  • Catalog Number: 610558
  • Sales rank: 78,696

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
Don Cobb Mastering
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
Eric Conn Mastering
Ed Rode Cover Photo
Tim McFadden Management
Sarah Lainie Smith Graphic Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BLUE HIGHWAY STRIKES AGAIN

    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.

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