Still Climbing Mountains

Still Climbing Mountains

by Blue Highway
     
 
Blue Highway execute an impressive bluegrass triple play on their debut recording for Rounder, matching their instrumental prowess with expert vocals and fine songwriting. In Rob Ickes, a Dobro player of superior talent, this popular quintet have a virtuoso who brings zest and flash to everything they do. Not that his bandmates are slouches -- Tim Stafford on guitar,

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Blue Highway execute an impressive bluegrass triple play on their debut recording for Rounder, matching their instrumental prowess with expert vocals and fine songwriting. In Rob Ickes, a Dobro player of superior talent, this popular quintet have a virtuoso who brings zest and flash to everything they do. Not that his bandmates are slouches -- Tim Stafford on guitar, Shawn Lane on mandolin and fiddle, Jason Burleson on banjo, and Wayne Taylor on bass are all formidable musicians who mesh beautifully to fill out the band’s sound with style. Their supple vocal harmonies captivate, and the distinct lead vocals of Lane, Taylor, and Stafford lend variety to the top-quality compositions that make up Still Climbing Mountains. Produced by another Dobro player of distinction, Jerry Douglas, and featuring a harmony vocal from Alison Krauss on “The Seventh Angel,” this polished recording should elevate Blue Mountain to the top echelon of contemporary bluegrass bands.

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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Consistently turning in the best contemporary bluegrass performances on record, Blue Mountain continues their streak with Still Climbing Mountains. Vocalist Tim Stafford and the exceptional dobroist Rob Ickes are well-worth every IBMA award they've won, and the songs remain as strong as any the band has recorded before. An early highlight is the blistering instrumental "Monrobro," featuring some of the fastest dobro playing on record, and the rousing harmonies of "Danville Pike." Producer Jerry Douglas may have something to do with the dobro-centricity of the album, but the band is certainly playing to their strengths, and the help they get from Alison Krauss and legendary country drummer Kenny Malone on the spiritual "Seventh Angel" only makes their best qualities stronger. In a year of many terrific bluegrass releases, Still Climbing Mountains ranks among the best of them.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2001
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661048928
catalogNumber:
610489

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