Sleep with One Eye Open

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2011
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • UPC: 075597964998
  • Catalog Number: 527603
  • Sales rank: 26,242

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rabbit in the Log - Michael Daves (2:41)
  2. 2 Cry, Cry Darling - Michael Daves (3:04)
  3. 3 Loneliness and Desperation - Michael Daves (2:26)
  4. 4 Tennessee Blues - Michael Daves (3:02)
  5. 5 20/20 Vision - Michael Daves (3:15)
  6. 6 You're Running Wild - Michael Daves (2:35)
  7. 7 Ookpik Waltz - Michael Daves (3:42)
  8. 8 My Little Girl in Tennessee - Michael Daves (2:50)
  9. 9 Sleep With One Eye Open - Michael Daves (3:18)
  10. 10 Rain and Snow - Michael Daves (3:33)
  11. 11 Mississippi Waltz - Michael Daves (2:27)
  12. 12 Bury Me Beneath the Willow - Michael Daves (3:46)
  13. 13 Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms - Michael Daves (3:11)
  14. 14 Billy in the Lowground - Michael Daves (3:17)
  15. 15 It Takes One To Know One - Michael Daves (3:17)
  16. 16 If I Should Wander Back Tonight - Michael Daves (3:47)
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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
Robert C. Ludwig Mastering
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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  • Posted August 24, 2011

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    An eye-opening look at bluegrass

    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).

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