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Telluride Bluegrass Festival: 30 Years

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
A fine introduction to the esteemed bluegrass festival, this collection of live performances culled from Telluride's 30th anniversary shindig presents the genre as alive, well, and many-hued. Nickel Creek can be counted on for a sideways approach, which they flaunt on a skewed interpretation of George Harrison's "Taxman," benefiting from Chris Thile's astringent, jazzy vocal and Sara Watkins's mountain-tinged harmonies. Keller Williams needs only human beatboxes to help him elevate his jittery, ironic broadside "Celebrate Your Youth," into rarified percussive air. The String Cheese Incident with Martin Sexton on vocals offer more than a touch of funk and only the ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
A fine introduction to the esteemed bluegrass festival, this collection of live performances culled from Telluride's 30th anniversary shindig presents the genre as alive, well, and many-hued. Nickel Creek can be counted on for a sideways approach, which they flaunt on a skewed interpretation of George Harrison's "Taxman," benefiting from Chris Thile's astringent, jazzy vocal and Sara Watkins's mountain-tinged harmonies. Keller Williams needs only human beatboxes to help him elevate his jittery, ironic broadside "Celebrate Your Youth," into rarified percussive air. The String Cheese Incident with Martin Sexton on vocals offer more than a touch of funk and only the slightest bluegrass tint on a propulsive take on Stevie Wonder's "I Wish." Explaining that she wrote "Not Pretty Enough" as a message to radio stations that play Britney Spears instead of her, Kasey Chambers sears the soundscape with sarcasm in an emotionally charged, pop-country arrangement. Upholding tradition while giving it a contemporary goosing are the Yonder Mountain String Band, the Tim O'Brien Band with Béla Fleck, Sam Bush & Friends featuring Fleck, Jerry Douglas, and Bryan Sutton, and Tim O'Brien's Hot Rize. The Waifs add some country girl-group sensibility to the bill with a shambling, album-closing homage to the old homestead, the winsome "When I Die." Featuring New Grass Revival alum John Cowan and, on guitar, one Mary-Chapin Carpenter, the Boomchicks offers a magnificent, gut-wrenching rendition of "Unchained Melody" that finds Cowan investing the Righteous Brothers' hit with fervent commitment and emotion on a par with Bobby Hatfield's own rendition. Thirty more years, please.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
For the last 30 years, Colorado's San Juan Mountains have hosted some of traditional and contemporary bluegrass' most lauded -- and occasionally unknown -- performers. The Telluride Bluegrass Festival has become the ultimate fix for acoustic music junkies, and this collection of highlights celebrating the event's 30th anniversary will no doubt provide satiating for those unable to attend -- or wait for next year -- to take in the real thing. Seasoned players like John McEuen's Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sam Bush, and upstate New York's vastly underrated Horseflies share the stage with more youthful pickers such as Nickel Creek, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Kasey Chambers, resulting in a snow globe of laid-back and occasionally explosive instrumentals, down-home narratives, and easy jam band theatrics -- Martin Sexton and the String Cheese Incident's rendition of Stevie Wonder's "I Wish" may drive you to both dance and rage -- that when shaken leaves a bed of fresh mountain powder that's the perfect tonic for a hot Sunday afternoon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2005
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661324220
  • Catalog Number: 613242
  • Sales rank: 147,935

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nellie Kane (3:22)
  2. 2 Taxman (2:52)
  3. 3 Sweet Petunia (2:50)
  4. 4 Not Pretty Enough (3:22)
  5. 5 Fishin' in the Dark (3:37)
  6. 6 Celebrate Your Youth (4:20)
  7. 7 Molly and Tenbrooks (4:37)
  8. 8 Cluck Old Hen (6:20)
  9. 9 Unchained Melody (4:22)
  10. 10 Too Late Now (5:26)
  11. 11 Another Day (4:15)
  12. 12 I Wish (5:48)
  13. 13 When I Die (3:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alison Brown Banjo
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Sam Bush Mandolin, Vocals
Pete Wernick Banjo
John McEuen Mandolin
John Burr Keyboards
Bob Carpenter Keyboards, Vocals
Mary Chapin Carpenter Guitar
Jeff Claus Ukulele, Vocals
John Cowan Vocals
John Doyle Guitar, Vocals
June Drucker Bass
Jimmie Fadden Harmonica, Drums
Béla Fleck Banjo
Nick Forster Bass, Vocals
Judy Hyman Fiddle
Jimmy Ibbotson Guitar, Vocals
Kenny Malone Percussion
Takaaki Masuko Percussion
Sally Van Meter Dobro
Tim O'Brien Bouzouki, Mandolin, Vocals
Dirk Powell Bass
Mark Schatz Bass
Christian Teele Drums
Sally Truitt Bass
Andrea Zonn Fiddle
David Johnson Banjo
Michael Travis Drums
Martin Sexton Vocals
Chris Thile Mandolin, Vocals
Gabe Witcher Guitar
Bryan Sutton Guitar
David MacDonald Drums
Bill Chambers Guitar
Kasey Chambers Guitar, Vocals
Michael Kang Mandolin, Vocals
Keith Moseley Bass, Vocals
Kyle Hollingsworth Keyboards
Jeff Austin Mandolin, Vocals
Sara Watkins Fiddle, Vocals
Sean Watkins Guitar, Vocals
BJ Barker Drums
Allison Miller Percussion
Josh Cunningham Guitar
Vikki Simpson Harmonica, Vocals
Donna Simpson Vocals
Ben Franz Bass
Adam Aijala Guitar, Vocals
Glen Hannah Guitar, Vocals
Jeff McCormack Bass
Casey Driessen Fiddle
Ben Kaufmann Bass, Vocals
Rick Hansen Accordion
Jeff Hannah Guitar, Vocals
Kocky Eyed Fox Banjo
Muhlon Mandolin, Vocals
Pee Paw Fiddle, Vocals
Shiner Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Craig Ferguson Executive Producer
Wendy Waldman Composer
Kevin Clock Engineer
Kooster McAllister Engineer
Alex North Composer
Tim O'Brien Composer
Jim Photoglo Composer
Darrell Scott Composer
James Tuttle Engineer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Hy Zaret Composer
Steve Szymanski Producer, Executive Producer
Kasey Chambers Composer
Keller Williams Composer
Dave Glasser Engineer, Mastering
Josh Cunningham Composer
Tom Germain Digital Editing
Allen Baca Engineer
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