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Slide Effects
     

Slide Effects

by Phil Leadbetter
 
As folks within bluegrass know, Phil Leadbetter is one of a handful of dobro/slide guitarists making waves on the current scene. The title, then -- Slide Effects -- is a natural. He's joined by an impressive group of pickers and singers including singer Ronnie Bowman, fiddler Stuart Duncan, banjoist Scott

Overview

As folks within bluegrass know, Phil Leadbetter is one of a handful of dobro/slide guitarists making waves on the current scene. The title, then -- Slide Effects -- is a natural. He's joined by an impressive group of pickers and singers including singer Ronnie Bowman, fiddler Stuart Duncan, banjoist Scott Vestal, and many others on an even dozen songs and instrumentals. Leadbetter is a more conservative player than, say, Jerry Douglas, which means he sticks closer to tradition. That doesn't mean, however, that there's anything sedate or old-fashioned about his playing. He cuts loose on snappy fun pieces like "Moonracer" and fills them with quick, bluesy leads; he also has a knack for building evocative moods as on the lovely "Sea of Tranquility." The smartest thing about Slide Effects, though, is that while Leadbetter might be the star, he surrounds himself with great players and allows everyone a chance to shine. Vocals by Marty Raybon, Bowman, Steve Gulley, and Alice Vestal are nicely spaced between the instrumentals. The last vocal by Vestal, on "Fields of God," deserves mention, because it might seem odd -- on a fairly traditional album -- to include a song by Sting. But even here, Vestal and Leadbetter turn in a relaxed version that leans toward the past. A solid effort.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2005
Label:
Pinecastle
UPC:
0755757114325
catalogNumber:
1143

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Phil Leadbetter   Primary Artist,Dobro,Guitar,Weissenborn
Robert Hale   Vocal Harmony
Ronnie Bowman   Vocals
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Byron House   Bass
Marty Raybon   Vocals
Scott Vestal   Banjo,Percussion,Guest Appearance
Cody Kilby   Guitar
Steve Gulley   Vocals
Darrell Webb   Vocal Harmony
Ganet Imes Bowman   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Merle Travis   Composer
Steve Wariner   Composer,Author
Sting   Composer
Max D. Barnes   Composer
Leon McAuliffe   Composer
Hank Penny   Composer
Cliffie Stone   Composer
Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith   Composer
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Jimmy Gaudreau   Composer
Tom Riggs   Executive Producer
Scott Vestal   Composer,Producer,Engineer,MIDI
Phil Leadbetter   Composer,Producer
Alton Delmore   Composer
Bob Murray   Art Direction
Earl Montgomery   Composer
David Keith   Liner Notes
Herby Remington   Composer

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