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|Norman Blake||Primary Artist, Dobro, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals|
|Nancy Blake||Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals|
|Norman Blake||Arranger, Adaptation|
Posted October 1, 2010
The Blakes' resumes, especially Norman's, are truly astounding. Having begun his career as a string player (mandolin, guitar, dobro, etc.) in the mid-50s, he became a pivotal sideman and featured player for Johnny and June Carter Cash, Bob Dylan (during his "Nashville Skyline" sessions), Kris Kristofferson, Joan Baez, John Hartford, and many others. In addition, the couple have recorded numerous albums, solo, duet, and with partners like Tony Rice, for Rounder, Shanachie and other fine labels. This, the couple's first duet album in 8 years, continues their lifelong essay of classic country-folk Americana, both old and new. ¶ The Blake's strum and pick their dual acoustics as they sing solo and in harmony from the catalogs of the Blue Sky Boys, Carter Family, and Luke the Drifter, as well as more recent tunes from Laurie Lewis and Jerry Faires. They unite several times for sacred songs common to many hymnals, yet surprisingly scarce in anyone else's active repertoire. Much like A.P. Carter, the Blake's are collectors of songs, and, ultimately, history. Their performances are lively and loving, restoring the vitality to these decades- (sometimes century-) old tunes.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.