Music From Rancho DeVille

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Music From Rancho DeVille stands as a testament to the life and work of guitarist Charles Sawtelle, packed full of good songs and instrumentals. After spending years as a member of Hot Rize, Sawtelle operated a studio and produced albums for Front Range and Leftover Salmon. The 16 cuts that comprise Music From Rancho DeVille are made up of a number of sessions and settings, featuring Laurie Lewis, Sam Bush, Peter Rowan, and other luminaries. Norman Blake and David Grisman join Sawtelle on three Carter Family songs, including the lovely "The Storms Are on the Ocean." This cut produces good solo work all around and nice harmony between Blake and Tim O'Brien. Mandolinist Tom Rozum and fiddler Darol Anger join in on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Music From Rancho DeVille stands as a testament to the life and work of guitarist Charles Sawtelle, packed full of good songs and instrumentals. After spending years as a member of Hot Rize, Sawtelle operated a studio and produced albums for Front Range and Leftover Salmon. The 16 cuts that comprise Music From Rancho DeVille are made up of a number of sessions and settings, featuring Laurie Lewis, Sam Bush, Peter Rowan, and other luminaries. Norman Blake and David Grisman join Sawtelle on three Carter Family songs, including the lovely "The Storms Are on the Ocean." This cut produces good solo work all around and nice harmony between Blake and Tim O'Brien. Mandolinist Tom Rozum and fiddler Darol Anger join in on "Aragon Mill," a poignant lyric about what happens when work dries up in a small town. Sawtelle's country-flavored vocals, and Rozum and Mollie O'Brien's harmony, prove just right to carry the emotion of the piece. The brooding, minor key "Jolie Faye," inspires an extended, soulful guitar solo backed by the insistent fiddle work of Michael Doucet. Several cuts, including "The Newz Reel" and "Chez Seychelles," show off the instrumental skill of all involved. The album ends on a solemn, spiritual note with "Angel Band," a haunting tune with nice group harmony on the chorus. The bagpipe fade-out is a lovely touch. The liner notes include an essay by Pete Wernick and reflections by Sawtelle's many friends. This album will be warmly appreciated by fans of the numerous musicians mentioned above, and is easy to recommend to lovers of great acoustic music. ~ Ronnie Lankford, Jr.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/27/2001
  • Label: Acoustic Disc
  • UPC: 715949104428
  • Catalog Number: 44
  • Sales rank: 378,152

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charles Sawtelle Primary Artist, Guitar
Norman Blake Guitar, Vocals
Jerry Douglas Guitar (Resonator)
Laurie Lewis Fiddle, Choir, Chorus, String Bass, Vocal Harmony
Peter Rowan Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Michael Doucet Fiddle, Vocals
Sam Bush Guitar, Mandolin
Pete Wernick Banjo, Choir, Chorus
Katy Moffatt Vocal Harmony
Darol Anger Fiddle
Richard Greene Fiddle
Todd Phillips String Bass
Kathy Chiavola Choir, Chorus
Vassar Clements Fiddle, Vocals
Flaco Jiménez Accordion
Nick Forster Guitar, Choir, Chorus
David Grisman Mandolin
Tony Marcus Vocal Harmony
Mollie O'Brien Vocal Harmony
Tim O'Brien Vocal Harmony
Harry Orlove Guitar, Percussion
Tom Rozum Mandolin, Gut String Guitar
Tim Stafford Choir, Chorus
Max Baca Bajo Sexto
K.C. Groves Choir, Chorus
Craig Robert Smith Banjo
Fred Zipp Mandolin, Baritone (Vocal)
Jean Ballhorn Fiddle
Jim Runnels Banjo, Tenor (Vocal)
Technical Credits
Laurie Lewis Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Peter Rowan Liner Notes
Michael Doucet Arranger, Liner Notes
Dolly Parton Composer
Pete Wernick Liner Notes
Shankar Composer
Kevin Clock Engineer
David Dennison Engineer
Mike Grace Engineer
David Grisman Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Bradley Kopp Engineer
Craig Miller Executive Producer
Mollie O'Brien Liner Notes
Harry Orlove Liner Notes
Tom Rozum Liner Notes
Charles Sawtelle Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Carter Stanley Composer
Paul Stubblebine Mastering
James Tuttle Engineer
Bil VornDick Engineer
Jim Bloomfield Engineer
Traditional Composer
Tom Size Engineer
M. Doucet Composer
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