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Rocky Top & Other Bluegrass Classics
     

Rocky Top & Other Bluegrass Classics

 
These songs are certainly all bluegrass classics, and in a few cases ("Rocky Top," the Osborne Brothers standard, and Don Reno's banjo showcase "Skyline Drive") they're actually performed by the artists normally associated with them. But bluegrass aficionados will note with some discomfort the presence of drums and pedal steel on many of

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These songs are certainly all bluegrass classics, and in a few cases ("Rocky Top," the Osborne Brothers standard, and Don Reno's banjo showcase "Skyline Drive") they're actually performed by the artists normally associated with them. But bluegrass aficionados will note with some discomfort the presence of drums and pedal steel on many of these tracks, as well as an echo-drenched production style on almost all of them that makes even the most straightahead performances (such as Benny Martin's take on "Foggy Mountain Breakdown") sound slick in a way that's downright weird. The drums fit in just fine with Merle Travis and Joe Maphis's rendition of "Lonesome Road Blues," but that's because Merle Travis is more of a country blues than a bluegrass player. Too bad his acoustic guitar sound is so distorted-someone neglected to check the microphone levels in the studio, apparently. Mac Wiseman joins the Osborne Brothers for nice versions of "I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home" and "Mountain Fever," and Grandpa Jones does a great job on "Tragic Romance." With tasteful production and less percussion, this collection could have been a winner.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/1999
Label:
Cmh Records
UPC:
0027297804227
catalogNumber:
8042

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Performance Credits

Bluegrass Cardinals   Track Performer
Jim & Jesse   Track Performer
Osborne Brothers   Track Performer
Mac Wiseman   Track Performer
Grandpa Jones   Track Performer
Joe Maphis   Track Performer
Benny Martin   Track Performer
Merle Travis   Track Performer
Pinnacle Boys   Track Performer
Don Reno   Track Performer
Billy Troy   Track Performer
Felice & Boudleaux Bryant   Track Performer
Smith Brothers Bluegrass Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
Walter Vinson   Composer
Col. Jim Silvers   Song Selection
Lonnie Chatmon   Composer
David Haerle   Executive Producer
Frank Fauna   Cover Art
B. L. Shook   Composer
F. W. Vandersloot   Composer

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