New Kid in Town

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Precocious pickers and singers have been a mainstay of bluegrass for as long as the genre as we know it has existed. Everyone from Bill Monroe to Ricky Skaggs and Nickel Creek phenom Chris Thile has either hit the stage in his single digits or just played on his front porch with people five times his age accompanying. New Kid in Town, the impressive opening act from Music City's latest star in the making, Ryan Holladay, is a well-crafted, surprisingly elegant, and genuine debut. Skaggs' own record label Skaggs Family Records shepherded the album, and the results are on par with almost everything that's been released under the contemporary bluegrass banner in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Precocious pickers and singers have been a mainstay of bluegrass for as long as the genre as we know it has existed. Everyone from Bill Monroe to Ricky Skaggs and Nickel Creek phenom Chris Thile has either hit the stage in his single digits or just played on his front porch with people five times his age accompanying. New Kid in Town, the impressive opening act from Music City's latest star in the making, Ryan Holladay, is a well-crafted, surprisingly elegant, and genuine debut. Skaggs' own record label Skaggs Family Records shepherded the album, and the results are on par with almost everything that's been released under the contemporary bluegrass banner in the last few years. Holladay employs a tight, familial band whose members tastefully round out his effortless guitar, banjo, and mandolin wizardry, never overstepping while remaining impressive in their own right. Holladay even sings like a pint-sized Ricky Skaggs -- we'll just have to wait and see if that tenor drops a few octaves in the near future -- and as an instrumentalist he's Nashville flawless. But until he steps out from behind the forgiving curtain of youth and unleashes some good old-fashioned heartache, hellfire, and blue-collar pain -- hearing a 12-year-old croon "Well, the bank keeps callin' me I guess I'm overdrawn/Last night my old car broke down on me" "When It Rains" is entertaining for sure, but novelty at best -- the world will just have to settle for another bursting bud among the branches. For the time being, that is.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/2005
  • Label: Skaggs Family
  • UPC: 669890201227
  • Catalog Number: 2012
  • Sales rank: 394,539

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Boston Boy (2:26)
  2. 2 When It Rains (4:46)
  3. 3 My Caroline in Carolina (2:54)
  4. 4 Shadow Ridge (2:38)
  5. 5 Kaymoor Mine (2:59)
  6. 6 There Is a God (2:52)
  7. 7 The Road to Donnelaith (3:36)
  8. 8 Midnight Radio (3:33)
  9. 9 Blackjack (2:23)
  10. 10 Hurry Sundown (3:50)
  11. 11 99 Years (And One Dark Day) (2:28)
  12. 12 New Kid in Town (5:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ryan Holladay Primary Artist, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Jason Carter Fiddle
Michael Holliday Bass, Vocals
Tyler Andal Fiddle
David "Doc" Holladay Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Cello, Gut String Guitar, Soloist
Chris Joslin Dobro
Gretchen Priest May Violin
Technical Credits
Jesse Fuller Composer
Doyle Lawson Arranger, Composer
Steve Wariner Composer
Don Henley Composer
J.D. Crowe Composer
Glenn Frey Composer
Mac McAnally Composer
J.D. Souther Composer
Hughie Thomasson Composer
Chris Thile Composer
Tommy Dorsey Mastering
Erick Anderson Artwork
Traditional Composer
Dierks Bentley Composer
Ryan Holladay Solo Coordinator
David "Doc" Holladay Composer, Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bluegrass prodigy's superheated Skaggs Family debut

    Chances are good that if you look up the word "precocious" in the dictionary, you'll find a picture of Ryan Holladay as the illustration. His singing appearance on the Grand O' Opry stage at the age of 5 (youngest in the history of the venue) might seem like a fluke if he hadn't followed it up with three solid albums of bluegrass by the age of twelve, festival and opening-slot appearances, all showing off his preternaturally fine instrumental abilities. ¶ Unlike other country kids, Holladay isn't saddled with finding contemporary music whose words are fit for a pre-teen, but deep enough for adults. Instead, he digs into the instrumental bluegrass canon with his fleet-fingered mandolin, guitar and banjo picking, and leaves most of the lead vocals to his dad, Mark. Better yet, Ryan's occasional lead vocals (notably Steve Wariner's "When It Rains" and Dierks Bentley's "Midnight Radio") work surprisingly well, even with the novelty of a pre-teen being hounded by the bank or having his car breakdown. The Eagles' title tune provides a bittersweet closer, with a lyric that transforms into a cautionary tale from father to son. ¶ The harmonies of Ryan, Mark and uncle Mike add a closeness to the standard tightness of bluegrass' high-and-lonesome, filling out to a foursome for an a cappella family sing on the traditional "There is a God." Mix in fiddle prodigy Tyler Andal, and the Ryan Holladay Band is ready to slay audiences at this summer's bluegrass festivals (including perhaps a repeat of the Ryan Holladay Bluegrass Festival in his hometown of Camden, TN). Their first CD for the Skagg's Family label is a superb introduction.

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