Steppin' in the Boiler House

Steppin' in the Boiler House

by Mark Schatz
     
 

Listening to banjo player Mark Schatz cut loose on "Big Root," it's easy to imagine he learned the song from some old-time banjo player years ago. It's a surprise, then, to learn that Schatz wrote this -- and most of the other songs -- on the album. It's also a surprise to learn that Schatz, known for his clawhammer banjo style, was born in 1955, making him fairly…  See more details below

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Listening to banjo player Mark Schatz cut loose on "Big Root," it's easy to imagine he learned the song from some old-time banjo player years ago. It's a surprise, then, to learn that Schatz wrote this -- and most of the other songs -- on the album. It's also a surprise to learn that Schatz, known for his clawhammer banjo style, was born in 1955, making him fairly young for someone interested in the older styles of music. He's joined on Steppin in the Boiler House by bassist Missy Raines, guitarist Jim Hurst, and fiddler Casey Driessen, plus a number of well-known guests including Tim O'Brien and Jerry Douglas. These guest appearances also point to the fact that while Schatz may enjoy traditional roots music, he nonetheless keeps himself open for new sounds. With "The Falling Waters of Arden," for instance, he captures a lovely, gentle mood, and his banjo work is much closer to new acoustic music than to bluegrass. This is also true of "Eileen's Waltz," though the "waltz" timing gives the instrumental a traditional feel. While there are fine vocals on Steppin in the Boiler House (O'Brien does a nice job with "Last Old Dollar"), it's instrumentals like "Season of Joy" and "Calgary" that really stand out. Schatz has avoided the sophomore slump on Steppin in the Boiler House, and delivered another fine album for acoustic music fans.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/11/2006
Label:
Rounder Select
UPC:
0011661055926
catalogNumber:
559
Rank:
259772

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Schatz   Primary Artist,Banjo,Vocals,Hambone
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Béla Fleck   Mandolin
Tim O'Brien   Mandolin,Vocals
Missy Raines   Bass
Jim Hurst   Guitar,Vocals
Casey Driessen   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Béla Fleck   Producer
Ray Legere   Composer
Tim O'Brien   Liner Notes
Mark Schatz   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Brent Truitt   Engineer
Lloyd "Lonzo" George   Composer
Rollin Sullivan   Composer
Willy Matthews   Cover Art
Ben Surratt   Engineer
Traditional   Composer

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