Night Flyer: The Singer Songwriter Collection

Night Flyer: The Singer Songwriter Collection

by Tony Rice
     
 

Night Flyer: The Singer Songwriter Collection features 17 non-instrumental cuts from the pioneering progressive bluegrass
ew acoustic guitarist, and as a companion piece to Rounder's 58957: The Bluegrass Guitar Collection, it's a gem.See more details below

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Night Flyer: The Singer Songwriter Collection features 17 non-instrumental cuts from the pioneering progressive bluegrass
ew acoustic guitarist, and as a companion piece to Rounder's 58957: The Bluegrass Guitar Collection, it's a gem. Unlike fellow six-string genius Leo Kottke, Tony Rice actually possesses a decent voice, and though it never reaches the rich, emotional resonance of Gordon Lightfoot (a huge influence), it transcends its natural mediocrity with honest and clarity. Culled from half a dozen or so of his mid-'80s to late-'90s records, the songs are primarily covers of the folk and country variety from artists like Joni Mitchell ("Urge for Going"), Phil Ochs ("Changes"), Mickey Newbury ("Why You Been Gone So Long"), and James Taylor ("Me and My Guitar"), but Rice kicks off the collection with a brand-new, bitter, self-penned bluegrass cooker called "Never Meant to Be." There's a nice piano and vocal version of Tom Waits' "Pony," the second of three previously unreleased cuts, which also include brother Larry Rice's "About Love," a track proving that saxophone solos and good old country waltzes should sleep in separate beds. Throughout it all, Rice shares the load with a who's who of acoustic legends like Jerry Douglas, Béla Fleck, Sam Bush, Vassar Clements, and more, but it's his effortless musicianship and oddly charismatic delivery that make these "sung" songs difficult to write off, even when comparing them to his phenomenal instrumental work.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/29/2008
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661161924
catalogNumber:
611619
Rank:
71425

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Rice   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Cole Burgess   Soprano Saxophone
Mark Schatz   Acoustic Bass
John Carroll   Piano

Technical Credits

Norman Blake   Composer
Tony Rice   Composer
John Starling   Composer
Mickey Newbury   Composer
Jerry Reed   Composer
Ian Tyson   Composer
Phil Ochs   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
John Mayall   Composer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Tom Waits   Composer
Bob Franke   Composer
Larry Rice   Composer
Mary Chapin Carpenter   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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