Old Hands

Old Hands

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by Yonder Mountain String Band
     
 

A band knows they've made the big time -- at least in bluegrass and old-timey circles -- when Tim O'Brien and Darol Anger start guesting on their latest album. Old Hands also features guest spots by Dirk Powell and Jerry Douglas and has been produced by dobro player Sally Van Meter. Of course none of…  See more details below

Overview

A band knows they've made the big time -- at least in bluegrass and old-timey circles -- when Tim O'Brien and Darol Anger start guesting on their latest album. Old Hands also features guest spots by Dirk Powell and Jerry Douglas and has been produced by dobro player Sally Van Meter. Of course none of this would matter too much if the Yonder Mountain String Band didn't pretty much have their vocal and instrumental chops together to begin with. Guitarist Adam Aijala, banjoist Dave Johnston, mandolinist Jeff Austin, and bassist Ben Kaufmann form a smooth unit that calls to mind other recent bluegrass/folk groups like Rice, Rice, Hillman, and Pendersen and New Grange. Like these groups, the band relies on a number of lead vocalists, superb harmony, and an instrumental finesse to pull it all together. On Old Hands all of these elements are brought to bear on 13 songs by Benny Galloway, a guitarist/writer who also makes several appearances on the album. There's the spontaneous "Deep Pockets," a fun bit of Western swing with some clever guitar work by Aijala and some nice fiddle playing by O'Brien, and the equally upbeat "Pride of Alabama." Powell's accordion adds a bit of Cajun spice to "Big Lights," while Meter's slide guitar adds a lyrical quality to the mellow "Sleepy Cowboy." Old Hands is a nicely executed album of succinctly played songs, and Yonder Mountain String Band aficionados will be happy to get it in their hands.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/17/2003
Label:
Sci Fidelity Records
UPC:
0804663628522
catalogNumber:
103
Rank:
89251

Tracks

  1. Pride of Alabama  - Benny Galloway
  2. Hill Country Girl  - Benny Galloway
  3. Big Lights  - Benny Galloway
  4. Deep Pockets  - Benny Galloway
  5. Sleepy Cowboy  - Benny Galloway
  6. Train Bound for Glory Land  - Benny Galloway
  7. Wind Through the Willows  - Benny Galloway
  8. Not Far Away  - Benny Galloway
  9. And Going Away  - Benny Galloway
  10. Alone and Blue  - Benny Galloway
  11. Everytime  - Benny Galloway
  12. Winds O' Wyoming  - Benny Galloway
  13. Behold, The Rock of Ages  - Benny Galloway
  14. [Untitled Track]  - Benny Galloway

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yonder Mountain String Band   Primary Artist
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Darol Anger   Fiddle
Sally Van Meter   Vocals,Slide Guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
Tim O'Brien   Fiddle,Vocal Harmony
Dirk Powell   Accordion
Jeff Austin   Mandolin,Vocals
David Johnston   Banjo,Vocals
Adam Aijala   Guitar,Vocals
Casey Driessen   Fiddle
Benny Galloway   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Ben Kaufmann   Bass,Vocals

Technical Credits

Sally Van Meter   Arranger,Producer
James Tuttle   Engineer
Yonder Mountain String Band   Arranger
Benny Galloway   Logo Design
Bryce Wisdom   Artwork

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Old Hands 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OK So the best vocals on this record are by Benny Galloway. Get it for "Pride of Alabama" and "Everytime". They are worth the price of admission. YMSB are just excellent instrumentally. The Banjo flys on this album as it does on the earlier ones. Listen on a decent hi fi system and you will be blown away by these guys.