Reflections

Reflections

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by Nothin' Fancy
     
 
Nothin' Fancy celebrated their tenth anniversary as a band in 2004 with their second Pinecastle release, Reflections. Following 2003's Once Upon a Road, Reflections finds the band combining both traditional and contemporary material for an attractive bluegrass blend. Once again, mandolinist Mike Andes' songwriting plays a central role, this time

Overview

Nothin' Fancy celebrated their tenth anniversary as a band in 2004 with their second Pinecastle release, Reflections. Following 2003's Once Upon a Road, Reflections finds the band combining both traditional and contemporary material for an attractive bluegrass blend. Once again, mandolinist Mike Andes' songwriting plays a central role, this time accounting for three-fourths of the material on the album. Andes has a knack for writing contemporary material that never neglects two of bluegrass' most sacred subjects -- God and family. "Little Wooden Crosses" puts a human face on the strange phenomena of placing crosses on the side of the road for loved ones killed in auto accidents, while "I Met My Baby in the Porta Jon Line" mixes love at first sight with a bit of irreverence. Andes is joined by guitarist Gary Farris, fiddler Chris Sexton, banjoist Mitchell Davis, and bassist Tony Shorter for solid ensemble work on simple, straightforward arrangements. Nothin' Fancy are also augmented by a number of guests, including guitarists Kenny Smith, Jeff Ellis, and Chris Burton. Reflections finally doesn't so much improve upon Once Upon a Road as offer more of the same thing, reflecting, it seems, an old country saying: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2004
Label:
Pinecastle
UPC:
0755757113922
catalogNumber:
1139

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nothin' Fancy   Primary Artist
Mike Andes   Guitar,Mandolin
Kenny Smith   Rhythm Guitar,Guest Appearance
Gary Wayne Farris   Guitar
Mitchell Davis   Banjo
Jeff Ellis   Rhythm Guitar,Guest Appearance
Chris Burton   Rhythm Guitar,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Rhonda Vincent   Author
Dale Perry   Producer,Engineer
Tom Riggs   Executive Producer
Don Rigsby   Liner Notes
Bob Murray   Art Direction
David H. McDade   Composer
Mike Andes   Composer
James H. Brown   Composer

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Reflections 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Playing Time – 42:56 -- Nothin’ Fancy (from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia) celebrates its first decade together with an album that is particularly an excellent showcase of mandolinist Michael Andes’ songwriting and lead vocal talents. Several members of this group were in a band calling themselves The East Coast Bluegrass Band which formed in 1986 and won the East Coast Bluegrass Band championship in Crimora, VA. Nothin’ Fancy now hosts two annual bluegrass festivals where they always play a crowd favorite novelty number that closes this album, "I Met My Baby In The Porta Jon Line.” Nothin’ Fancy’s first album for Pinecastle Records (“Once Upon A Road”) was released in 2002. Now, their second major label release continues with their successful bluegrass formula. Besides Mike Andes, the band include Mitchell Davis (banjo), Gary Farris (guitar), Chris Sexton (fiddle, viola, cello) , and Tony Shorter (bass). Guests on this project include rhythm guitarists Kenny Smith, Jeff Ellis and Chris Burton. Mike Andes’ mandolin playing shows the influence of John Duffey, Jimmy Gandreau and Doyle Lawson. Mitchell Davis was the primary producer of the band's three self-released albums prior to their signing with Pinecastle. Tenor vocalist Gary Farris started singing in church and in a glee club as a boy, but he didn’t take up the guitar until about age 35. Chris Sexton is the newest member of the group, having joined in 2000. Classically-trained and holding a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance, Chris, like Mike and Mitchell, is a former member of the East Coast Bluegrass Band. Tony Shorter took up mandolin as a boy and was a charter member of the Virginia Tech Bluegrass Association. He took up bass during his college days and has experience playing a number of styles of music. Nothin’ Fancy has a smooth contemporary style that appeals to those who aren’t ready for a full-blown high lonesome sound. Their music is well-executed, and increased emphasis on originality is noteworthy. Continued albums like “Reflections” will solidly hold them a place as one of the more engaging and dynamic acts on the current contemporary bluegrass scene. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)
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