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Sleep with One Eye Open
     

Sleep with One Eye Open

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by Michael Daves
 
Recorded over four days at Jack White's Third Man studios in Nashville, Sleep with One Eye Open may surprise some fans of Nickel Creek/Punch Brothers vocalist/mandolin phenom Chris Thile. While his technical acumen remains uncontested, the addition of blistering bluegrass singer/guitarist Michael

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Recorded over four days at Jack White's Third Man studios in Nashville, Sleep with One Eye Open may surprise some fans of Nickel Creek/Punch Brothers vocalist/mandolin phenom Chris Thile. While his technical acumen remains uncontested, the addition of blistering bluegrass singer/guitarist Michael Daves and notorious engineering luddite White into the mix has helped to temper Thile's signature refinements into something raw and primal. Daves, a staunch, Brooklyn-based, bluegrass traditionalist who plays as if the slightest distraction would send his guitar flying off into the night sky, brings out the same zeal in Thile, and when the two of them lockstep, as they do on stand-out cuts like "Loneliness and Desperation" and the fiery title track, it makes the listener believe that bluegrass is just as capable of being turned up to 11 as its cocky, younger, rock & roll brother. The bare-bones production and one-take feverishness helps Sleep with One Eye Open feel like a late-night, bourbon-fueled club set, and while the duo sticks with standards like "20/20 Vision" and "You're Running Wild," there's little doubt that Jimmy Martin and Ira and Charlie Louvin would be taken aback by the ferocity with which each song is performed. Instrumentals like the Irish-tinged "Billy in the Lowground," "Tennessee Blues," the languid "Ookpik Waltz," and "Mississippi Waltz" fare just as well, proving once again that the classics don't have to be reinterpreted to connect with younger audiences, they just have to be played with the dizzying fire of youth.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2011
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597964998
catalogNumber:
527603
Rank:
14437

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Daves   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Chris Thile   Mandolin,Vocals

Technical Credits

Lester Flatt   Composer
Bill Monroe   Composer
Earl Scruggs   Composer
Freddie Hart   Composer
Joe Allison   Composer
Ray Endenton   Composer
Michael Hill   Liner Notes
Robert Hurwitz   Executive Producer
Jimmy C. Newman   Composer
Frank Rodgers   Composer
Milton Estes   Composer
Chris Thile   Producer
Vance Powell   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Jason Colton   Management
Eric Mayers   Management
Don Winters   Composer
Michael Daves   Producer
Jay D. Miller   Composer
Harland Howard   Composer
Michael Garris   Composer
Lynn Cingari   Booking
Jackie Nalpant   Booking

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Sleep with One Eye Open 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Hometownulysses More than 1 year ago
I don't know much about bluegrass, aside from Steve Martin's two albums, but this CD makes me want to learn more. Aside from the skill and talent of Thile & Daves, this CD captures their joy and passion for this music. One of the best features of the CD is the mix of songs; some fast and high-pitched, some slow and melodic, and a few instrumentals too. It's amazing how varied this two come across. I've not skipped a song yet. I especially enjoy the title track, which makes bluegrass sound like rock n' roll's not-too-distant-cousin. It's a great CD to put in when driving around, which is where I listen to most of my music. This CD passes the road test. I'm going to get some more of Thile's CD after I finish listening to this one (not sure when that will be though).