Still Light of the Evening

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Like straight-ahead jazz, bluegrass often functions as a repertory music these days. Some bluegrass traditionalists insist on playing nothing but the same old bluegrass standards the same old way, much like a bebop saxophonist who insists on providing yet another predictable version of "Night in Tunisia" because he/she is too lazy to interpret some of Dizzy Gillespie's lesser-known gems. Not every artist who comes along has to be an innovator, but the more interesting traditionalists will offer some surprises and give themselves a variety of material to choose from. On Still Light of the Evening, Tony Williamson demonstrates that he is one of bluegrass' more interesting ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Like straight-ahead jazz, bluegrass often functions as a repertory music these days. Some bluegrass traditionalists insist on playing nothing but the same old bluegrass standards the same old way, much like a bebop saxophonist who insists on providing yet another predictable version of "Night in Tunisia" because he/she is too lazy to interpret some of Dizzy Gillespie's lesser-known gems. Not every artist who comes along has to be an innovator, but the more interesting traditionalists will offer some surprises and give themselves a variety of material to choose from. On Still Light of the Evening, Tony Williamson demonstrates that he is one of bluegrass' more interesting traditionalists. While he isn't an innovator à la David Grisman, Williamson does take his share of chances -- and he is willing to look in a lot of different places when it comes to choosing traditional public domain material. This CD finds the mandolin virtuoso/singer embracing everything from the haunting "n' Gambler" to the country gospel "City on the Hill" and "Jacob's Vision" to a time-honored Irish-Celtic song, "Temperance Reel." Williamson's performance of "Temperance Reel" is an inspired acknowledgment of bluegrass' Celtic roots; the jigs, reels, and airs that Irish and Scottish immigrants brought with them to the U.S. paved the way for bluegrass and country. Not every song that Williamson embraces on this 2001 session is in the public domain -- he wrote several of the songs himself, including the joyous "Mountain Girl" and the exuberant instrumental "White Angels in the Clouds" (which contains hints of pre-bebop jazz). Anyone who is seeking a traditional bluegrass release that isn't overly predictable is advised to check out Still Light of the Evening.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/4/2001
  • Label: Wild Child Records
  • UPC: 735561089521
  • Catalog Number: 8952
  • Sales rank: 366,315

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Boatman - The Williamson Brothers (2:48)
  2. 2 Mountain Girl - The Williamson Brothers (2:31)
  3. 3 Still Light of the Evening - The Williamson Brothers (3:22)
  4. 4 City on the Hill - The Williamson Brothers (3:31)
  5. 5 White Angels in the Clouds - The Williamson Brothers (3:09)
  6. 6 Back Up and Push - The Williamson Brothers (3:23)
  7. 7 I've Always Been a Rambler - The Williamson Brothers (2:33)
  8. 8 Hard Luck Shuffle - The Williamson Brothers (5:17)
  9. 9 Out in the Cold World - The Williamson Brothers (2:46)
  10. 10 I Could Melt a Mountain Top - The Williamson Brothers (3:06)
  11. 11 Temperance Reel - The Williamson Brothers (2:54)
  12. 12 Maple on the Hill - The Williamson Brothers (3:04)
  13. 13 Rovin' Gambler - The Williamson Brothers (3:21)
  14. 14 Angeline the Baker - The Williamson Brothers (2:59)
  15. 15 Jacob's Vision - The Williamson Brothers (1:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tony Williamson & the Rocky River Grass Primary Artist
Tony Williamson Indexed Contributor, Mandolin, Vocals
Tom Gray Bass
Larry Perkins Banjo, Guitar
Gary Williamson Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Pierre M. Sprey Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Tony Williamson Producer
M. Christian Composer
Eldon Baldwin Art Direction
Paul Story Mastering
Ruby Rakes Composer
Rex McGee Composer
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