Sweet Virginia

Sweet Virginia

by No Speed Limit
     
 
Thanks to bluegrass' broader commercial acceptance, a new bluegrass band, promising to relate to the here and now while drawing from the deep roots of tradition, appears on the scene every day. This uneasy alliance between the rustic hills of Kentucky and the sound studios of L.A. is an uneasy one, and the results often fall short of the publicity department's

Overview

Thanks to bluegrass' broader commercial acceptance, a new bluegrass band, promising to relate to the here and now while drawing from the deep roots of tradition, appears on the scene every day. This uneasy alliance between the rustic hills of Kentucky and the sound studios of L.A. is an uneasy one, and the results often fall short of the publicity department's brochures. No Speed Limit seems to escape many of the entrapments of contemporary bluegrass on Sweet Virginia, apparently lacking the pretensions of most of its peers. The band's ace in the hole is Amber Collins, a soulful, gutsy singer who sticks much closer to tradition than Alison Krauss and Rhonda Vincent. Her full-throated vocals gives the impression on the title track and "Blue Ridge Mountain Home" that she's just doing her thing as opposed to worrying about how she might sound on the radio or CMT. It helps considerably that banjoist Steve Barr, guitarist Josh Pickett, mandolinist Ryan Blevins, and bassist Jacob Eller are hot pickers who play well together as a band. There are smoother moments on Sweet Virginia, as with the duet on "New East Virginia Blues," that sound a little too "pretty" and too much like other contemporary bluegrass acts. Overall, though,Sweet Virginia is a solid introduction to a non-typical bluegrass band.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/27/2006
Label:
Arhoolie Records
UPC:
0096297052129
catalogNumber:
521

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

No Speed Limit   Primary Artist
Ryan Blevins   Mandolin,Vocals
Jacob Eller   Bass
Josh Pickett   Guitar,Vocals
Stevie Barr   Banjo
Steve Barr   Banjo
Amber Collins   Vocals
Josh Pickett   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Kirk McGee   Composer
David McLaughlin   Engineer
P.D. Scots Pipe Band   Composer
Chris Strachwitz   Producer,Audio Production
Joe Wilson   Audio Production
Joe "Flip" Wilson   Producer
Ryan Blevins   Arranger
Josh Pickett   Arranger,Composer
Stevie Barr   Arranger,Composer

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