Renaissance Man

Renaissance Man

by Eddie Adcock
     
 
Eddie Adcock is rightly celebrated for his instrumental mastery in the world of bluegrass, but he's always been a cutting-edge player, too -- as he showed in 1978 by inventing the Gitbo, a double-necked instrument that combined electric guitar and acoustic banjo. Not surprisingly, then, he rewrites the rule book yet again on this relaxed, mostly instrumental outing

Overview

Eddie Adcock is rightly celebrated for his instrumental mastery in the world of bluegrass, but he's always been a cutting-edge player, too -- as he showed in 1978 by inventing the Gitbo, a double-necked instrument that combined electric guitar and acoustic banjo. Not surprisingly, then, he rewrites the rule book yet again on this relaxed, mostly instrumental outing that features a bevy of notable contributors -- starting with Ricky Skaggs, who lends deft fiddle and guitar to a high-spirited cover of Bob Wills' "San Antonio Rose." Another obvious high point is the wistful "Lost at Sea," where vocalist Alan O'Day swears to find himself first before buying anymore things he doesn't need, with Bobby Hicks' fiddle weaving a perfect counterpoint. Guest vocalists Mac Wiseman and Buck White turn up to sing a few strategic lines on "Poopsie Blue" and "Crazy Blues," which flips the instrumental-vocal conundrum on its head. Eddie's wife, Martha, also does a sparkling vocal on "Sing Banjo Sing" -- one of five originals by her husband -- and the traditional "Wild Swanee Home." Other surprises include a spiffy remake of Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson" with banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and string bass. Adcock's knack for reinterpretation also extends to "Pallet on Your Floor" (a traditional number that late jazzman Rahsaan Roland Kirk also recorded). His original instrumentals ("Mandango," "Dream Concerto") also make fine showcases for Martha's rhythm guitar, fiddling ace Glen Duncan, and upright bassist Missy Raines. All in all, there's some treats for everybody, whether they're avid bluegrass listeners or not.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/02/1996
Label:
Pinecastle
UPC:
0755757105828
catalogNumber:
1058
Rank:
188930

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. San Antonio Rose
  2. Poopsie Blue
  3. Crazy Blues
  4. Run, May, Run
  5. Lonesome Banjo
  6. Banjo Signal
  7. Wild Swanee Home
  8. Renaissance Man
  9. Pallet On Your Floor
  10. Mrs. Robinson
  11. Sing Banjo Sing
  12. Mangadang
  13. Dream Concerto
  14. Lost At Sea

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddie Adcock   Primary Artist,Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Bass (Vocal),Rhythm Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Ricky Skaggs   Fiddle,Guitar,Tenor (Vocal)
Mac Wiseman   Vocals
Buck White   Vocals
Glen Duncan   Fiddle
Jesse McReynolds   Vocals
Bobby Hicks   Fiddle
Jim McReynolds   Tenor (Vocal)
Alan O'Bryant   Vocals
Dale Reno   Mandolin
Missy Raines   Upright Bass
Don Wayne Reno   Banjo
Martha Adcock   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Eddie Adcock   Producer
Glen Duncan   Contributor
Bobby Hicks   Contributor
Tom Riggs   Executive Producer
Clark Williams   Engineer
Douglas Tuchman   Liner Notes

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