Sugar Hill Records: A Retrospective [Box Set]

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All Music Guide - J. Scott McClintock
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Scott McClintock
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2006
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891399928
  • Catalog Number: 3999
  • Sales rank: 268,926


Disc 1
  1. 1 Could You Love Me One More Time - Ricky Skaggs (3:02)
  2. 2 Mis'ry River - Doyle Lawson (2:50)
  3. 3 Long Time Gone - John Starling (3:38)
  4. 4 Moonshiner - Peter Rowan (3:02)
  5. 5 Hey Porter - Marty Stuart (2:58)
  6. 6 Little Rock Getaway - Mike Auldridge (1:51)
  7. 7 One More Love Song - New Grass Revival (3:21)
  8. 8 Church Street Blues - Tony Rice (3:06)
  9. 9 One Way Track @@Boone Creek (2:43)
  10. 10 Why You Been Gone So Long - Chris Hillman (3:11)
  11. 11 Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning - Hot Rize (2:46)
  12. 12 You Touched Me & Made Me Live Again - Jimmy Murphy (2:21)
  13. 13 Come and Sit by the River - The Country Gentlemen (3:32)
  14. 14 Ranger's Command - The Hillmen (3:07)
  15. 15 Greenville Trestle High - Doc Watson (3:26)
  16. 16 More Pretty Girls Than One - Buck White (2:17)
  17. 17 High on a Hilltop - Osborne Brothers (3:20)
  18. 18 Forked Deer @@Berline-Crary-Hickman (4:02)
  19. 19 Bury Me Beneath the Willow - Ricky Skaggs (2:42)
  20. 20 Don't This Road Look Rough & Rocky - Jonathan Edwards (3:34)
  21. 21 On the Sea of Life - Quicksilver (2:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Freeborn Man @@(Almost) Original New South (3:09)
  2. 2 If You Ain't Lovin', You Ain't Livin' - Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers (2:24)
  3. 3 Father I Stretch My Hand - The Nashville Bluegrass Band (2:23)
  4. 4 High Hill - Uncle Walt's Band (2:55)
  5. 5 The Bigger the Fool - Lonesome Standard Time (2:47)
  6. 6 I'm Not Over You - Carl Jackson (3:08)
  7. 7 Señor - Tim O'Brien (4:01)
  8. 8 Satan's Jeweled Crown - Emmylou Harris (3:25)
  9. 9 Whiskey 'Fore Breakfast/Sailor's Bonnet - Mike Cross (2:48)
  10. 10 Mariano - Robert Earl Keen Jr. (3:31)
  11. 11 Rock Bottom Blues - The Nashville Bluegrass Band (2:55)
  12. 12 At My Window - Townes Van Zandt (4:08)
  13. 13 Nobody Knows But Me - Doc Watson (3:42)
  14. 14 One Rose/Hot Buttered Rum - The Red Clay Ramblers (6:13)
  15. 15 Train of Life - Blue Rose (2:54)
  16. 16 Mother I'm Lonely - Kukuruza (3:49)
  17. 17 Unwed Fathers @@O'Brien, Tim & Molly (4:01)
  18. 18 Pig in a Pen - Old & In the Way (2:51)
  19. 19 Trail of Tears - Peter Rowan (4:30)
  20. 20 Lord I've Been a Hard Working Pilgrim - Doyle Lawson (2:08)
Disc 3
  1. 1 When You Go Walking - The Lonesome River Band (3:31)
  2. 2 All Night Radio - Sam Bush (4:39)
  3. 3 Can't You Hear Me Calling - Del McCoury (4:09)
  4. 4 Rolling & Rambling (The Death of Hank Williams) @@Williams, Robin & Linda (3:37)
  5. 5 Dry Run Creek - The Seldom Scene (2:36)
  6. 6 Shadow Ridge - Chris Thile (2:43)
  7. 7 Let's Shake Loose - Brother Boys (3:03)
  8. 8 Way Long Timey Ago - The Red Clay Ramblers (2:40)
  9. 9 For All I Know - James McMurtry (3:55)
  10. 10 Tree King Creek - Psychograss (4:10)
  11. 11 Out in the Parking Lot - Guy Clark (5:08)
  12. 12 You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive - Darrell Scott (5:01)
  13. 13 Gone to Texas - Terry Allen (6:22)
  14. 14 Big Bug Shuffle - Edgar Meyer (3:42)
  15. 15 The Hills That I Call Home - Front Range (3:27)
  16. 16 Sally Goodin - Byron Berline (4:59)
  17. 17 Bad Case of the Blues - Laurel Canyon Ramblers (2:26)
  18. 18 Dark End of the Street - John Cowan (3:30)
  19. 19 Let Me Be Your Friend - The Seldom Scene (2:46)
  20. 20 Merry Christmas from the Family - Robert Earl Keen Jr. (4:45)
Disc 4
  1. 1 I Walk the Line (Revisited) - Rodney Crowell (3:51)
  2. 2 House of Tom Bombadil - Nickel Creek (3:45)
  3. 3 I Won't Be There - Don Rigsby (2:47)
  4. 4 Dear Sarah - Scott Miller (3:01)
  5. 5 Bound to Ride - Jim Mills (2:02)
  6. 6 My Girlish Days - Mollie O'Brien (2:40)
  7. 7 Man I'm Trying to Be - Ronnie Bowman (3:08)
  8. 8 The Ant and the Ant - Sean Watkins (4:03)
  9. 9 I've Got a Mule to Ride - Tara Nevins (2:31)
  10. 10 Levee Town - Sonny Landreth (6:28)
  11. 11 Bluegrass in the Backwoods - Aubrey Haynie (3:22)
  12. 12 Club Manhattan - Jesse Winchester (3:44)
  13. 13 Little Martha - Jerry Douglas (3:42)
  14. 14 Yonder - Donna the Buffalo (3:59)
  15. 15 Whisper in My Ear - The Gibson Brothers (3:51)
  16. 16 Hallelujah Shine - The Gourds (3:34)
  17. 17 Chickenshift - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (3:15)
  18. 18 Lumpy Beanpole & Dirt - Bad Livers (5:18)
  19. 19 Decision at Gladys Fork - Bryan Sutton (3:46)
  20. 20 I'm Gonna Sleep with One Eye Open - Dolly Parton (3:04)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Bonus Material
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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
Al 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
Jason Carter Fiddle
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, Guitar, 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 Jr. 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 Jr. 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)
Randy Garibay Jr. Vocal Harmony
Kevin Hennessy Bass
White Knuckles Piano
Keith Langford Percussion, Drums
Andy Waldeck Bass
Gabe Witcher Fiddle
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar, 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
Jack Lawrence Guitar
Richard Bowden Fiddle
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 Glasser Remastering
David Hood Composer
Robert Earl Keen Jr. 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
Matt Sandoski Remastering
Hale Milgrim Author
J.B. Rodgers Composer
T.J. Allen Composer
Sgt. C. Jackson Composer
Mary Doub Author
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