Songs of Bill Monroe

Songs of Bill Monroe

by The Bluegrass Album Band
     
 

The all-star pickup group who calls themselves the Bluegrass Album Band (after their first album, which was called simply The Bluegrass Album and on which the band performed without a name) has hardly recorded a weak song in the course of their strangely ad hoc existence, but the group never sounds better than when they…  See more details below

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The all-star pickup group who calls themselves the Bluegrass Album Band (after their first album, which was called simply The Bluegrass Album and on which the band performed without a name) has hardly recorded a weak song in the course of their strangely ad hoc existence, but the group never sounds better than when they are playing the music of Bill Monroe, the man who is generally credited with having invented the genre and who coined the term "high lonesome" to describe his own vocal style and the essential character of his compositions. Lonesome Moonlight is culled from the Bluegrass Album Band's six albums and finds the group in a super-charged mode on almost every track, from the powerfully mournful "On My Way Back to the Old Home" that opens the program to the incongruously jaunty "River of Death" that closes it. In between are joyful and virtuosic renditions of the classic Monroe instrumentals "Cheyenne" and "Brown County Breakdown," as well as one of the tightest performances of "Molly and Tenbrooks" ever recorded. As always, Tony Rice's lead voice is a major highlight, but the presence of former Monroe sideman Vassar Clements on fiddle is another, and his twin fiddle work with Bobby Hicks on " Lonesome Moonlight Waltz" is brilliant. Highly recommended.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/20/1996
Label:
Easydisc
UPC:
0712136700326
catalogNumber:
367003

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bluegrass Album Band   Primary Artist
Jerry Douglas   Dobro,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
Doyle Lawson   Mandolin,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Tony Rice   Guitar,Vocals
Todd Phillips   Acoustic Bass
Vassar Clements   Fiddle
J.D. Crowe   Banjo,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
Bobby Hicks   Fiddle
Mark Schatz   Acoustic Bass

Technical Credits

Doyle Lawson   Contributor
Tony Rice   Producer
Todd Phillips   Contributor
Vassar Clements   Contributor
Bobby Hicks   Contributor
Anthony Rice   Producer
Mark Schatz   Contributor
Bill Wolf   Engineer,Digital Editing
Louisa Hufstader   Liner Notes

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