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Sugar Hill Records: A Retrospective [Box Set]

With over 25 years of quality music in the can, it's certainly not too soon for Sugar Hill Records to take a look back with their box set Sugar Hill Records: A Retrospective. Founder and label head Barry Poss' love for quality, roots-based music has garnered his label a whole mess of respect (and 12 Grammy Awards), and his impeccable taste continues to add a


With over 25 years of quality music in the can, it's certainly not too soon for Sugar Hill Records to take a look back with their box set Sugar Hill Records: A Retrospective. Founder and label head Barry Poss' love for quality, roots-based music has garnered his label a whole mess of respect (and 12 Grammy Awards), and his impeccable taste continues to add a mark of quality to any band he picks up. As sprawling and diverse as this four-disc collection is, it's pretty cohesive (Poss' good judgment at work). From the plaintive early work of Ricky Skaggs to the charming, shambling rent-party that is the Gourds, Sugar Hill Records: A Retrospective covers a ton of ground, yet it does so within logical (if loosely set) parameters. The bottom line is, it's quite a spread -- but it's all quality. No one can deny the importance of such iconic roots artists as Doc Watson and Dolly Parton, and most will agree that new-guard artists like Robert Earl Keen, Jr., James McMurtry, Townes Van Zandt, and Rodney Crowell have earned the right to share disc space with those legends. There are many classics to be found here, as well as many classics-in-the-making, but there is also plenty of just plain fun to be found -- check out the (almost) original New South's "Freeborn Man," Terry Allen's "Gone to Texas," and go a round or two with the Bad Livers or the Gourds -- it's a good time! Whether you're old hat with this stuff or just now discovering the joys of roots-based music, there's hardly a collection that rivals this Sugar Hill box in terms of depth and variety. The 80-page booklet ought to be able to get anyone up to speed on the back stories of the artists featured here, and the bonus DVD will further enlighten the curious with interviews and video performances. Highly recommended.

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Disc 1

  1. Could You Love Me One More Time
  2. Mis'ry River
  3. Long Time Gone
  4. Moonshiner
  5. Hey Porter
  6. Little Rock Getaway
  7. One More Love Song
  8. Church Street Blues
  9. One Way Track @@Boone Creek
  10. Why You Been Gone So Long
  11. Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning
  12. You Touched Me & Made Me Live Again
  13. Come and Sit by the River
  14. Ranger's Command
  15. Greenville Trestle High
  16. More Pretty Girls Than One
  17. High on a Hilltop
  18. Forked Deer @@Berline-Crary-Hickman
  19. Bury Me Beneath the Willow
  20. Don't This Road Look Rough & Rocky
  21. On the Sea of Life

Disc 2

  1. Freeborn Man @@(Almost) Original New South
  2. If You Ain't Lovin', You Ain't Livin'
  3. Father I Stretch My Hand
  4. High Hill
  5. The Bigger the Fool
  6. I'm Not Over You
  7. Señor
  8. Satan's Jeweled Crown
  9. Whiskey 'Fore Breakfast/Sailor's Bonnet
  10. Mariano
  11. Rock Bottom Blues
  12. At My Window
  13. Nobody Knows But Me
  14. One Rose/Hot Buttered Rum
  15. Train of Life
  16. Mother I'm Lonely
  17. Unwed Fathers @@O'Brien, Tim & Molly
  18. Pig in a Pen
  19. Trail of Tears
  20. Lord I've Been a Hard Working Pilgrim

Disc 3

  1. When You Go Walking
  2. All Night Radio
  3. Can't You Hear Me Calling
  4. Rolling & Rambling (The Death of Hank Williams) @@Williams, Robin & Linda
  5. Dry Run Creek
  6. Shadow Ridge
  7. Let's Shake Loose
  8. Way Long Timey Ago
  9. For All I Know
  10. Tree King Creek
  11. Out in the Parking Lot
  12. You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive
  13. Gone to Texas
  14. Big Bug Shuffle
  15. The Hills That I Call Home
  16. Sally Goodin
  17. Bad Case of the Blues
  18. Dark End of the Street
  19. Let Me Be Your Friend
  20. Merry Christmas from the Family

Disc 4

  1. I Walk the Line (Revisited)
  2. House of Tom Bombadil
  3. I Won't Be There
  4. Dear Sarah
  5. Bound to Ride
  6. My Girlish Days
  7. Man I'm Trying to Be
  8. The Ant and the Ant
  9. I've Got a Mule to Ride
  10. Levee Town
  11. Bluegrass in the Backwoods
  12. Club Manhattan
  13. Little Martha
  14. Yonder
  15. Whisper in My Ear
  16. Hallelujah Shine
  17. Chickenshift
  18. Lumpy Beanpole & Dirt
  19. Decision at Gladys Fork
  20. I'm Gonna Sleep with One Eye Open

Disc 5

  1. Bonus Material

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mike Auldridge   Dobro,Baritone (Vocal),Hi String,Guitar (Resonator)
Butch Baldassari   Mandolin
Russ Barenberg   Acoustic Guitar
Dan Crary   Guitar
Jerry Douglas   Dobro,Guitar (Resonator),Vocal Harmony
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
David Grier   Guitar
Doyle Lawson   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Laurie Lewis   Fiddle,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Del McCoury   Guitar,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Tenor (Vocal)
Scott Nygaard   Guitar
Tony Rice   Guitar,Vocals
Peter Rowan   Guitar,Vocals
Earl Scruggs   Banjo
Ricky Skaggs   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Ralph Stanley   Banjo,Tenor (Vocal)
John Starling   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
Marty Stuart   Guitar,Mandolin
Tony Trischka   5-string Banjo
David Ball   Vocals,Acoustic Bass
Sam Bush   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Johnny Cash   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Guy Clark   Guitar,Vocals
Rodney Crowell   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Vern Gosdin   Guitar,Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal),Vocal Harmony
Chris Hillman   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Walter Hyatt   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Dolly Parton   Vocals
Verlon Thompson   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Doc Watson   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Pete Wernick   Banjo,Vocal Harmony
Mike Cross   Guitar,Vocals,Foot Percussion
Darol Anger   Fiddle
Edgar Meyer   Acoustic Bass
David Byrne   Electric Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Steve Cropper   Electric Guitar
Joe Ely   Vocal Harmony
Jerry Garcia   Banjo,Vocals
John Hiatt   Background Vocals
Kooper   Organ,Piano
James McMurtry   Guitar,Vocals
Lucinda Williams   Vocal Harmony
Jesse Winchester   Keyboards,Vocals
Terry Allen   Piano,Vocals
Lowell George   Slide Guitar
Buck White   Piano,Vocals
Todd Phillips   Bass,String Bass
Glen Duncan   Fiddle,Tenor (Vocal)
Marcy Marxer   Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
John Hickman   Banjo
Red Knuckles   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Jim Rooney   Acoustic Guitar
Blaine Sprouse   Fiddle
Mike Compton   Mandolin
Lou Reid   Bass,Vocals
Phil Rosenthal   Rhythm Guitar
Jimmy Murphy   Guitar,Vocals
Don Parmley   Banjo,Baritone (Vocal)
Larry Cordle   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Sonny Landreth   Guitar,Vocals
Fred Travers   Dobro,Vocals
Jimmy Arnold   Fiddle
Lisa Mednick   Accordion
Alexei Aboltynsh   Acoustic Bass
Bob Amos   Guitar,Vocals
Larry Atamanuik   Drums
James Bailey   Banjo
Barry Bales   Bass,Acoustic Bass,Vocal Harmony
Christine Balfa   Rhythm Guitar
Danny Barnes   Banjo,Vocals
Terry Baucom   Banjo,Vocals
Benmont Tench   Electric Piano
Byron Berline   Fiddle
Peter Bonta   Piano
Ronnie Bowman   Bass,Vocals,Lead
Steve Brewster   Percussion
Mike Brignardello   Electric Bass
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Tony Brown   Piano
Bill Bryson   Bass,Baritone (Vocal)
Pat Buchanan   Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Slide Guitar
Steve Buckingham   Rhythm Guitar
Clay Buckner   Fiddle,Harmonica,Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Don Buzzard   Pedal Steel Guitar
Bobby Campo   Trumpet
Lightnin' Chance   Bass
Travis Clark   Bass
Jack Clement   Dobro
Vassar Clements   Fiddle
Charles Cochran   Piano
T. Michael Coleman   Bass
Steve Conn   Keyboards
Dudley Connell   Guitar,Vocals
Jeff Coppage   Choir, Chorus
John Cowan   Bass,Vocals
J.D. Crowe   Banjo
Glen D. Hardin   Piano
Bob Dick   Acoustic Bass
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Baritone (Vocal),Vocal Harmony
Dave Durocher   Percussion,Drums
Ben Eldridge   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,5-string Banjo
Chris Engleman   Electric Bass
Pat Enright   Guitar,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Pat Flynn   Guitar
Nick Forster   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Chris Frank   Guitar
John Gardner   Drums
Vince Gill   Tenor (Vocal)
Emory Gordy   Electric Bass
Rex Gosdin   Bass,Tenor (Vocal)
Tom Gray   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Mark Hembree   Acoustic Bass
Jack Herrick   Bass
Bobby Hicks   Fiddle
Karl Himmel   Drums
Deschamps Hood   Guitar,Vocals
Byron House   Bass
Rob Ickes   Dobro
Steve Ivey   Drums
Carl Jackson   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Max Johnston   Vocals,Guitar (Resonator)
John Kahn   Acoustic Bass
Robert Earl Keen   Guitar,Vocals
Mike Lantz   Mandolin,Tenor (Vocal)
Billy Ray Latham   Guitar,Tenor (Vocal)
Gene Libbea   Bass,Tenor (Vocal)
Dennis Locorriere   Choir, Chorus
Ron Lynam   Guitar
John Magnie   Harmonica
Robbie Magruder   Percussion,Drums
Lloyd Maines   Percussion,Pedal Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar,Vocal Harmony,Guitar (Baritone)
Jay Dee Maness   Steel Guitar
Gurf Morlix   Guitar
Mike Marshall   Mandolin
Molly Mason   Bass
Kevin Maul   Dobro
Pat McInerney   Percussion
Leon Medica   Bass Guitar
Wendell Mercantile   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Sally Van Meter   Dobro,Vocal Harmony
Jim Mills   Banjo
James Monroe   Bass
Greg Morrow   Percussion,Drums
Sergei Mosolov   Fiddle,Vocals
Tara Nevins   Fiddle,Tambourine,Vocals
Mollie O'Brien   Vocals
Tim O'Brien   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Alan O'Bryant   Banjo,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Michael Organ   Drums
Bobby Osborne   Mandolin,Vocals
Sonny Osborne   Vocals,Gitjo
Elmo Otto   Fiddle
Waldo Otto   Steel Guitar,Background Vocals
Georgi Palmov   Clarinet,Mandolin,Vocals
Bill Payne   Piano
Herb Pedersen   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Larry Perkins   Banjo
Rico Petrucelli   Bass
Jeff Pollard   Electric Guitar
Dirk Powell   Bass
Jeb Puryear   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Suzy Ragsdale   Vocal Harmony
David Ranson   Bass
Roger Rasnake   Acoustic Guitar
Rod Roddy   Piano
Mark Rubin   Tuba
Charles Sawtelle   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Mark Schatz   Bass
Jerry Scheff   Bass,Electric Bass
Darrell Scott   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Dobro,Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Weissenborn
Randy Scruggs   Guitar
Sammy Shelor   Banjo
Andrei Shepelev   Banjo,Dobro
Ronnie Simpkins   Bass,Vocals
Bland Simpson   Piano,Vocal Harmony
Rose Sinclair   Button Accordion
Steuart Smith   Electric Guitar
Eddie Lynn Snodderly   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Tim Stafford   Guitar
Adam Steffey   Mandolin
Irina Surina   Vocals
Garry Tallent   Bass
Steve Turner   Drums
Robby Turner   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Ron Tutt   Drums
Dan Tyminski   Baritone (Vocal)
Dmitry Vakhrameev   Banjo
Townes Van Zandt   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Michael Venhkov   Guitar
Scott Vestal   Baritone (Vocal)
Rod Waldorf   Bass
Jim Watson   Vocals
Merle Watson   Slide Guitar
Cheryl White   Bass
Roland White   Mandolin,Bass (Vocal)
Sharon White   Guitar
Tony Williamson   Guitar
Eugene Wolf   Vocal Harmony
Reese Wynans   Organ,Piano
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle
John Duffey   Mandolin,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Glenn Fukunaga   Bass
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
Roy Huskey   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Kenny Blackwell   Mandolin
Charlie Cushman   Banjo
Ray Deaton   Bass (Vocal)
Jimmy Haley   Guitar,Vocals
Don Rigsby   Mandolin,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Chris Searles   Percussion,Drums
Rebecca Stout   Vocal Harmony
Missy Raines   Acoustic Bass
Gillian Welch   Choir, Chorus
Bob Warford   Electric Guitar
Jon Randall   Guitar,Vocals
Ronnie Bucke   Drums
Spider Gillam   Acoustic Bass
Kenny White   Piano
Chris Thile   Mandolin
Wes Golding   Guitar,Vocals
Paul Brewster   Guitar,Vocals
Ben Isaacs   Bass
Tim Surrett   Baritone (Vocal)
Kevin Hennessy   Bass
White Knuckles   Piano
Keith Langford   Percussion,Drums
Andy Waldeck   Bass
Gabe Witcher   Fiddle
Bryan Sutton   Acoustic Guitar
Jimmy D. Brock   Bass
Ronnie Johnson   Bass
Joe Thrift   Organ,Synthesizer
Alisa Carroll   Background Vocals
Garnet Imes   Tenor (Vocal)
Claude Bernard   Accordion,Vocals
Craig Robert Smith   Banjo
Ron Stewart   Banjo
Mike Stewart   Vocals
Russell Moore   Tenor (Vocal)
David Talbot   Banjo
Jed Greenberg   Bass
Sara Watkins   Violin
Sean Watkins   Guitar,Mandolin
Scott Thile   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Danny Kimball   Rubboard
Eric Gibson   Banjo,Vocals
Leigh Gibson   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Charlie Waller & the Country Gentlemen   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
David Peters   Drums
Marc MacGlashan   Mandolin
Steve Bryant   Bass
Kenny Smith & The Loveliters   Guitar,Baritone (Vocal)
Mike Barber   Upright Bass
Bill Yates   Baritone (Vocal)
John "Snakehips" Johnson   Bass
Jason Carter   Fiddle
Jack Lawrence   Guitar
Richard Bowden   Fiddle
Randy Garibay   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

T.C. Ellis   Composer
Memphis Minnie   Composer
Mike Auldridge   Author
Lester Flatt   Composer
Hot Rize   Arranger
Tony Rice   Arranger
Ricky Skaggs   Arranger
Ralph Stanley   Composer
Guy Clark   Composer,Author
Rodney Crowell   Composer
Emmylou Harris   Author
Chris Hillman   Author
Melba Montgomery   Composer
Pete Wernick   Arranger
Woody Guthrie   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Lyle Lovett   Author
James McMurtry   Composer
John Prine   Author
Jesse Winchester   Composer
Keith Allison   Composer
Terry Allen   Author
Tim Krekel   Composer
Jimmy Murphy   Composer
Sonny Landreth   Composer
Tasha Thomas   Art Direction
Duane Allman   Composer
Edward D. Barnes   Composer
Steve Fishell   Director,Producer
Nick Forster   Arranger
Vince Gill   Author
David Hood   Composer
Robert Earl Keen   Composer,Author
Pete Kuykendall   Author
Mark Lindsay   Composer
Jim Mills   Arranger
Tara Nevins   Composer
Tim O'Brien   Arranger
Barry Poss   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Photo Courtesy
L. Russell   Composer
Darrell Scott   Composer
Eddie Lynn Snodderly   Composer
Carter Stanley   Composer
Glenn Worf   Composer
Andrei Zachesov   Arranger
Jay Orr   Liner Notes,Author
Don Rigsby   Composer
Alton Delmore   Composer
Larry McPeak   Composer
Landon Messer   Composer
Lowell Varney   Composer
Chris Thile   Composer
Art Menius   Author
Barry Feinstein   Photo Courtesy
Bryan Sutton   Composer
J.D. Cash   Composer
Craig Market   Composer
Jerome Clark   Composer
T.J. Thompson   Composer
A. Brumley   Composer
J. Sullivan   Composer
Terry Lickona   Author
Traditional   Composer
Sean Watkins   Composer
Scott Miller   Composer
Eric Gibson   Composer
Hale Milgrim   Author
J.B. Rodgers   Composer
T.J. Allen   Composer
Sgt. C. Jackson   Composer
Mary Doub   Author

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