Slidin' Home

Slidin' Home

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by John Starling and Carolina Star
     
 

One of acoustic music's most affecting vocalists, John Starling is reunited here with two of his original partners in the legendary progressive bluegrass quintet the Seldom Scene, with which he made his bones: namely, the redoubtable guitarist Mike Auldridge (who makes every record on which he appears better for his presence) and bassist Tom Gray (ditto). This trio is…  See more details below

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One of acoustic music's most affecting vocalists, John Starling is reunited here with two of his original partners in the legendary progressive bluegrass quintet the Seldom Scene, with which he made his bones: namely, the redoubtable guitarist Mike Auldridge (who makes every record on which he appears better for his presence) and bassist Tom Gray (ditto). This trio is supported on its ten-track debut by, notably, bluegrass giant Jimmy Gaudreau (mandolin, bouzouki), the estimable songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Jon Randall, and fiddler Rickie Simpkins. They work their way gracefully through songs ranging from a breezy rendition of Jimmie Rodgers's "Waitin' for a Train" to a stately reading of the Gram Parsons-Emmylou Harris plea "In My Hour of Darkness" (with harmony vocals by Emmylou herself), as well as a terse, laconic take of Lowell George's "Willin' " and Gillian Welch's acutely observed "The Riverboat Song," rendered as a casual country shuffle. A couple of spirited instrumentals are electrifying interludes amid these songs of trial and tribulation, especially Ricky Skaggs' buoyant "Irish Spring," which is the perfect setup for the closing "Prayer for My Friends," an eloquent coda to a rich musical journey.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
John Starling was a founding member of the Seldom Scene, so his bluegrass credentials are unimpeachable. The singer and guitarist left in the late '70s, only to return in the early '90s and then leave again a year later. His frustration with the band's increasingly slicker sound led him to go solo in order to return to the rootsier sound he preferred, but the big news for fans of the early Seldom Scene is that he's reunited with fellow ex-Scenesters Mike Auldridge (Resophonic steel guitar) and bassist Tom Gray to form Carolina Star. Not surprisingly, this is the real deal, bluegrass as it was meant to be played. That's not to imply that Slidin' Home aims to re-create the ambience of an old Bill Monroe record; this is a crisp-sounding, modern recording, but the music was cut live in the studio -- no gimmicks, no nothin', just good pickin' and great harmonizing. As if to make the point early, Starling and the group kick it off with Jimmie Rodgers' "Waitin' for a Train," as iconic a piece of American acoustic music as there is. The rest of the repertoire comes from a variety of sources ranging from Lowell George (the oft-covered but never tiring "Willin'") to Gillian Welch to Gram Parsons. And yes, that is the voice of Emmylou Harris joining in on the Parsons tune, "In My Hour of Darkness." Starling's voice is still clear as a bell and the musicians know precisely what they need to do to keep things comfy and lively here. In George Massenburg, who's worked with such heavyweights as Frank Sinatra and Linda Ronstadt as well as the Seldom Scene, they couldn't have found a more skilled and sympathetic producer. Those who worship at the altar of acousticity will be right at home with Slidin' Home.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/20/2007
Label:
Rebel Records
UPC:
0032511182029
catalogNumber:
1820
Rank:
260675

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Starling and Carolina Star   Primary Artist
John Starling   Indexed Contributor,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Mike Auldridge   Bass,Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (Resonator),Vocal Harmony
Emmylou Harris   Vocal Harmony
Larry Stephenson   Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Jimmy Gaudreau   Mandolin,Mandola,Bazouki,Vocal Harmony
Tom Gray   Bass,Upright Bass
Rickie Simpkins   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Pete Wasner   Wurlitzer
Jon Randall   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Ricky Skaggs   Composer
John Starling   Producer
Emmylou Harris   Composer
Gram Parsons   Composer
Lowell George   Composer
Leon Payne   Composer
Jimmy Gaudreau   Composer
George Massenburg   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Roger Rasnake   Composer
Rickie Simpkins   Composer
Gillian Welch   Composer
Christopher Kornmann   Art Direction
Jeff Barbra   Composer
Sarah Pirkle   Composer

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of John Starling's for years now and to have him back with his old friends of the Seldom Scene makes it all complete. I highly recommend this album, HIGHLY!