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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This four-disc, 87-track retrospective covers the first four decades of one of the most successful "folk" labels in history. Co-founders/owners Ken Irwin, Marian Leighton Levy, and Bill Nowlin assembled a collection that showcases -- one disc per decade -- how deeply entrenched the label was in the 1970s in exposing various forms of folk music from traditional to emergent ones, and how its focus expanded. Disc one includes tracks by newgrass outfit J.D. Crowe & the New South, outsider songwriter Michael Hurley, banjoist Ola Belle Reed, Appalachian traditionalists Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, and ace superpicker Norman Blake and the Cajun sounds of D.L Menard & ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This four-disc, 87-track retrospective covers the first four decades of one of the most successful "folk" labels in history. Co-founders/owners Ken Irwin, Marian Leighton Levy, and Bill Nowlin assembled a collection that showcases -- one disc per decade -- how deeply entrenched the label was in the 1970s in exposing various forms of folk music from traditional to emergent ones, and how its focus expanded. Disc one includes tracks by newgrass outfit J.D. Crowe & the New South, outsider songwriter Michael Hurley, banjoist Ola Belle Reed, Appalachian traditionalists Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, and ace superpicker Norman Blake and the Cajun sounds of D.L Menard & the Louisiana Aces. It also reveals the label's first big directional shakeup by including George Thorogood & the Delaware Destroyers' scorching read of Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love." The '80s reflect a wider reach still, with tracks by soulman Ted Hawkins, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, polka revisionists Brave Combo, country songwriter Keith Whitley, and blues artists Rory Block and Johnny Copeland. There's also a deeper step into Louisiana traditions with music by Professor Longhair, James Booker, and Buckwheat Zydeco included, too. This decade also signaled the arrival of Nanci Griffith on Rounder's Philo imprint. In the '90s, Rounder's profile was enhanced by the arrival of bluegrass queen Alison Krauss, who has been a best-selling artist for them ever since. There were more singer/songwriter types on the imprint too, such as Bill Morrissey, Tish Hinojosa, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore; more modern electric blues and R&B talents were showcased too in Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas, Tracy Nelson, Ruth Brown, Johnny Adams, and Wilson Pickett; and the label still held traditional sway with bluegrass mainstay Krauss and uber-tradtionalist James King. The first decade of the new century reveals Rounder's wide range in embracing everything they felt they could sell: from Americana-drenched rock acts such as Son Volt and the Cowboy Junkies to uber-rockers Rush; the vanguard pop of They Might Be Giants and jazzy chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux; to British folk maven Linda Thompson, as well as experimental projects like the Grammy-winning Raising Sand by Robert Plant and Krauss. Country-pop legend and stalwart Willie Nelson also recorded for them. But no matter their genre extensions, bluegrass is still part of Rounder's mix, as cuts by Dailey & Vincent, Rhonda Vincent, and Blue Highway attest. It's impressive to be sure. That said, despite the range of music here and the fine historical essay by Geoffrey Himes, two chapters are missing: a disc that focuses on their vast licensing of traditional music, and the essential collection of tracks by American songwriting icons such as Tom Russell, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Guy Clark, rockabilly queen Rosie Flores, and R&B legend Eddie Hinton, most of whom recorded multiple albums for the label and its subsidiaries. Here's hoping Rounder will consider a second collection to showcase these lesser-selling projects from essential artists who are an indelible part of its story.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/2010
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661329522
  • Catalog Number: 613295
  • Sales rank: 175,090

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Old Home Place - J.D. Crowe & the New South (2:48)
  2. 2 Take Me Back to Happy Valley - The Bailey Brothers (2:41)
  3. 3 Armadillo Breakdown - Country Cooking (2:14)
  4. 4 High on a Mountain - Ola Belle Reed (2:36)
  5. 5 Killing the Blues - Woodstock Mountains Revue (3:53)
  6. 6 Johnson's Old Gray Mule - George Pegram (2:15)
  7. 7 Cherry River Rag - Ed Haley (2:53)
  8. 8 Sweet Lucy - Michael Hurley (4:04)
  9. 9 Parlez-Nous à Boire - The Balfa Freres (3:44)
  10. 10 Mrs. Scott Skinner/The Smith's a Gallant Fireman/The Earl of Seafield's - Joseph Cormier (3:39)
  11. 11 Tom and Jerry - Mark O'Connor (2:15)
  12. 12 Down Home Summertime Blues - Norman Blake (3:40)
  13. 13 Memory of Your Smile - Boone Creek (2:33)
  14. 14 Things in Life - Don Stover (3:06)
  15. 15 Kitty Puss - Buddy Thomas (2:23)
  16. 16 Who Broke the Lock? - The Highwoods Stringband (2:53)
  17. 17 Don't Put Her Down You Helped Put Her There - Hazel & Alice (3:46)
  18. 18 Jula Jekere - Alhaji Bai Konte (5:04)
  19. 19 The Only Way - Tony Trischka (4:17)
  20. 20 Fluxology - Jerry Douglas (3:08)
  21. 21 La Porte Dans Arriere - D.L. Menard & The Louisiana Aces (3:26)
  22. 22 I Ain't Broke But I'm Badly Bent - David Grisman (1:59)
  23. 23 Sparkling Brown Eyes - Joe Val & The New England Bluegrass Boys (3:06)
  24. 24 Who Do You Love - George Thorogood & the Destroyers (4:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Frosty - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (3:45)
  2. 2 Watch Your Step - Ted Hawkins (2:14)
  3. 3 New Kind of Neighborhood - Jonathan Richman (2:44)
  4. 4 I Never Go Around Mirrors - Keith Whitley (3:17)
  5. 5 Cold on the Shoulder - Tony Rice (2:34)
  6. 6 Mama's Hand - Hazel Dickens (4:30)
  7. 7 A Freylekhe Nakht in Gan Eydn - Klezmer Conservatory Band (1:49)
  8. 8 Babylon's Big Dog - Culture (3:58)
  9. 9 Ya Ya - Buckwheat Zydeco (3:35)
  10. 10 Tipitina - Professor Longhair (4:23)
  11. 11 Zydeco Gris-Gris - Beausoleil (3:39)
  12. 12 Cowboy Jubilee - Riders in the Sky (1:44)
  13. 13 Let the Whole World Talk - The Johnson Mountain Boys (2:42)
  14. 14 Happy Wanderer - Brave Combo (2:30)
  15. 15 Classified - James Booker (3:15)
  16. 16 Got to Have You Be My Man - Rory Block (2:22)
  17. 17 Electricity - Sleepy LaBeef (2:20)
  18. 18 Everybody Wants a Piece of Me - Johnny Copeland (2:57)
  19. 19 Whitewater - Béla Fleck (3:10)
  20. 20 Once in a Very Blue Moon - Nanci Griffith (2:35)
  21. 21 My Blue Ridge Cabin Home - The Bluegrass Album Band (3:10)
  22. 22 Howjadoo - John McCutcheon (2:42)
  23. 23 Viva Seguin - Flaco Jiménez (2:18)
  24. 24 Me and the Boys - The Whole Wheat Horns (3:25)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Birches - Bill Morrissey (3:20)
  2. 2 Baby, Now That I've Found You - Alison Krauss (3:49)
  3. 3 One Endless Night - Jimmie Dale Gilmore (3:47)
  4. 4 Sing It - Tracy Nelson (4:19)
  5. 5 Do Whatcha Wanna, Pt. 3 - Rebirth Brass Band (4:30)
  6. 6 A Virus Called the Blues - Charles Brown (6:50)
  7. 7 Only One Shoe - Carrie Newcomer (3:14)
  8. 8 There Is Always One More Time - Johnny Adams (3:42)
  9. 9 Something in the Rain - Tish Hinojosa (5:02)
  10. 10 Bed by the Window - James King (4:57)
  11. 11 Give Him Cornbread - Beau Jocque (4:55)
  12. 12 Valse de Kaplan - Ken Smith (3:18)
  13. 13 High Lonesome - Longview (4:04)
  14. 14 In the Palm of Your Hand - The Cox Family (3:25)
  15. 15 False Friend Blues - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (4:26)
  16. 16 Carnival Time - The Wild Magnolias (2:42)
  17. 17 Standing Here at the Cross Roads - Roomful of Blues (4:17)
  18. 18 It's Harder Now - Wilson Pickett (3:42)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Don't Wait Too Long - Madeleine Peyroux (3:10)
  2. 2 Down to the Wire - Son Volt (4:19)
  3. 3 More Than a Name on a Wall - Dailey & Vincent (2:57)
  4. 4 Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms - Three Pickers (3:08)
  5. 5 Man with the Blues - Willie Nelson (2:18)
  6. 6 Rebel Rouser - Jimmy Sturr (1:54)
  7. 7 Versatile Heart - Downtown Silver Band (3:24)
  8. 8 In the Middle of It All - Irma Thomas (4:47)
  9. 9 Please Read the Letter - Robert Plant (5:53)
  10. 10 Through the Window of a Train - Blue Highway (3:09)
  11. 11 Resist - Rush (4:27)
  12. 12 Small Swift Birds - Cowboy Junkies (3:40)
  13. 13 Basement Apt. - Sarah Harmer (4:09)
  14. 14 I Have a Need of Solitude - Mary Chapin Carpenter (3:43)
  15. 15 Lonesome Wind Blues - Rhonda Vincent (3:04)
  16. 16 Me and John and Paul - The Grascals (3:14)
  17. 17 The Crow - Steve Martin (3:23)
  18. 18 The Only Sound That Matters - Robert Plant (3:44)
  19. 19 Trashcan - Delta Spirit (3:37)
  20. 20 Fibber Island - They Might Be Giants (2:11)
  21. 21 Back to Me - Kathleen Edwards (3:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Martin Banjo
Marcia Ball Piano, Vocals
Rory Block Guitar, Vocals
Charles Brown Piano, Vocals
Snooks Eaglin Guitar
Ted Hawkins Guitar, Vocals
Jimmy Reed Guitar
Russ Barenberg Guitar
Norman Blake Guitar, Vocals
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Alison Krauss Fiddle, Viola, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Doyle Lawson Mandolin, Tenor (Vocal)
Tony Rice Guitar, Vocals
Earl Scruggs Banjo, Vocals
Ricky Skaggs Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal)
Tony Trischka Banjo
Rhonda Vincent Mandolin, Vocals
Dewey Balfa Fiddle, Vocals
Michael Doucet Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals
Eddie LeJeune Accordion, Vocals
Sam Bush Mandolin
Jimmie Dale Gilmore Vocals
Nanci Griffith Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Emmylou Harris Vocals
Tish Hinojosa Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Doug Jernigan Dobro, Steel Guitar
Bill Keith Banjo
Jim Lauderdale Vocal Harmony
Willie Nelson Vocals, Gut String Guitar
Doc Watson Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Pat Alger Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Hi String
Hazel Dickens Bass Guitar, Vocals
Bill Morrissey Guitar, Vocals
Peter Stampfel Fiddle
Artie Traum Bass
Happy Traum Banjo
Darol Anger Violin
Alhaji Bai Konte Kora
Al Anderson Guitar, Vocals
Dr. John Vocals, Hammond B3, Piano, Hammond B3
Duane Eddy Electric Guitar, Guest Appearance
Michael Hurley Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
The Jordanaires Vocals, Accompaniment
Sleepy LaBeef Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Soloist
Lyle Lovett Vocal Harmony
Wilson Pickett Vocals
Robert Plant Vocals
Jonathan Richman Guitar, Vocals
Duke Robillard Guitar, Electric Guitar
Irma Thomas Vocals
George Thorogood Guitar, Vocals
George Adams Saxophone
Arthur Blythe Saxophone
Ruth Brown Vocals
Don Byron Clarinet
Larry Goldings Hammond Organ
John Jorgenson Mandolin
Byard Lancaster Saxophone
Marc Ribot Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Matt Rollings Hammond B3
David Torkanowsky Electric Piano
Milton Batiste Trumpet
Paul Glasse Mandolin
Tracy Nelson Vocals
The Wild Magnolias Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals
James Booker Piano, Vocals
Lloyd Green Steel Guitar
James King Guitar, Vocals
John Miller Bass, Fiddle
Tut Taylor Dobro
Ed Haley Fiddle
Todd Phillips Bass
Don Stover Banjo, Vocals
Glen Duncan Fiddle
Duke Levine Electric Guitar, national steel guitar
Garrett List Trombone
Eric Darken Percussion
George Pegram Banjo, Vocals
Ola Belle Reed Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Jim Rooney Guitar
Blaine Sprouse Fiddle
Buddy Thomas Fiddle
Mac Benford Banjo, Vocals
Lorraine Duisit Guitar
John McCutcheon Banjo, Vocals
Keith Whitley Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Mark Howard Rhythm Guitar, Hi String
Andy Statman Mandolin
Terry Eldredge Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Sonny Landreth Slide Guitar
Mickey Raphael Harmonica
Joe Val Mandolin, Vocals
Herlin Riley Drums
Obin Miller Flute, Piccolo
Carrie Newcomer Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Kermit Ruffins Trumpet
Beau Jocque Accordion, Vocals
Wessell Anderson Alto Saxophone
Johnny Adams Vocals
Terry Adams Keyboards, Vocals
Tommy Alesi Drums
Alan Anton Bass
Herb Applin Guitar, Vocals
Tom Ardolino Drums
Kenneth Austin Snare Drums
Barry Bales Acoustic Bass
Rodney Balfa Fiddle
Will Balfa Fiddle
Jeffrey Barnes Woodwind
Lee Berg Vocals
Scott Billington cowbell
Jeff Bird Percussion
Ron Block Banjo, Guitar
Billy Blough Bass
Edmond Boudreau Guitar
Judy Bressler Tambourine, Vocals
David Brody Mandolin, Violin
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown Guitar, Vocals
T Bone Burnett Acoustic Guitar
Chuck Bush Bass, Background Vocals
Danny Caron Guitar
Mary Chapin Carpenter Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Keith Carper Bass, Background Vocals
John Catchings Cello
Dane Clark Drums
Vassar Clements Fiddle, Violin
Johnny Copeland Guitar, Vocals
Tommy Comeaux Mandolin, Rhythm Guitar
Dudley Connell Guitar, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Keith Copeland Drums
Kenny Kosek Fiddle
Suzanne Cox Baritone (Vocal)
Dennis Coyman Drums
Dennis Crouch Bass, Acoustic Bass
J.D. Crowe Banjo, Rhythm Guitar, Baritone (Vocal)
Elijah Cudges Rubboard
Wally Czerniawski Accordion
Stanton Davis Jr. Trumpet
Lewis Daley Drums
David Doucet Guitar
Brad Davis Acoustic Guitar
Linford Detweiler Keyboards
Nick Devito Alto Saxophone
Doug Dorschug Guitar, Vocals
Stephen Doster Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Myron Dove Bass
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Marvin Denton Dykhuis Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
John Dymond Bass
Bob Enos Trumpet
Jay Farrar Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Freddie Fatstring Guitar
Ed Ferris Bass
Carl Finch Guitar, Accordion
Flaco Jiménez Accordion
John Flansburgh Guitar, Vocals
Béla Fleck Banjo
Hadley Fontenot Accordion
Bobby Forrester Piano
Philip Frazier Tuba
Richard Gates Bass
Gator June Tambourine, Background Vocals
Geechee Bass Drums, Background Vocals
Geenie Conga, Background Vocals
Alice Gerrard Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Harry Gilmore Mandolin
Victor Goines Baritone Saxophone
Merryl Goldberg Baritone Saxophone
Tommy Goldsmith Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Ralph Gordon Bass
Ken "Doc" Grace Bass
Paul Griffin Organ
Earl Grigsby Bass
David Grisman Mandolin
James Guttmann Bass
Mark Hamilton Trombone
Evan Harlan Piano, Accordion
Don Heffington Drums
Bubba Hernandez Bass
Lloyd Herrman Drums
Dan Hickey Drums
Bobby Hicks Fiddle, Bass (Vocal)
Joseph Hill Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Karl Himmel Percussion, Drums
Steve Hindalong Percussion
Jim Hochanadel Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Byron House Bass, Upright Bass
Rob Ickes Dobro, Guitar (Resonator)
Wax Iwaskiewicz Guitar
Doug James Baritone Saxophone
Nathaniel Jolivette Drums
Johnny Karas Tenor Saxophone
Fred Kemp Tenor Saxophone
Russell Keyes Bass
Harry King Piano
Walt Koken Fiddle, Vocals
Russ Kunkel Percussion, Drums, Shaker
Calvin Landry Trumpet
Red Lane Rhythm Guitar
Rich Lataille Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Geddy Lee Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
John Leibman Guitar
Dan Levine Tuba, Euphonium
Ron Levy Organ, Percussion, Piano, Background Vocals
Alex Lifeson Acoustic Guitar
Lil' Crip Background Vocals, cowbell
John Linnell Keyboards, Vocals
Frank London Cornet, Alto Horn
Professor Longhair Piano, Vocals
Joe Magnuszewski Alto Saxophone
Kenny Malone Percussion, Conga, Drums
David Mansfield Mandolin
Mitch Marine Drums
Delfeayo Marsalis Trombone
Roger Mason Bass
Jimmy Mattingly Fiddle, Mandolin
Earl May Acoustic Bass
Matt McCabe Piano
Ronnie McCoury Mandolin
Candy McDonald Drums
David McLaughlin Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals
Jim McMillen Trombone
Randy Melson Bass
D.L. Menard Guitar, Vocals
Buddy Miller Electric Guitar
Wendy Miller Mandolin, Tenor (Vocal)
Jim Mills Banjo
Ingrid Monson Cornet
Jason Moore Bass
Jenni Muldaur Vocal Harmony
Hankus Netsky Piano, Alto Saxophone
Robert Nickson Drums
Al Noble Trumpet
Sugar Ray Norcia Harmonica, Vocals
Mark O'Connor Fiddle, Mandolin, Mandola, Piccolo Mandolin
Bill Ohashi Trombone
Dean Parks Guitar
Eric Parks Trumpet
Paul Pearcy Percussion, Drums
Uncle Meat Pennington Maracas, Tambourine
Wilfred Pierre Background Vocals, Rubboard
George Porter Jr. Bass, Percussion, Background Vocals
Dirk Powell Electric Guitar
John Pratt Trumpet
Paul Presti Slide Guitar
Pretty Queen Tambourine, Background Vocals
Gary Primich Harmonica
Jah Privie Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
John Probst Piano
Marc Pruett Banjo
Carl Querfurth Trombone
Alan Reed Banjo, Guitar
Jamey Reid Percussion
Dave Reisch Bass
Tom Rhody Percussion
Joe Rigby Saxophone
Kayton Roberts Steel Guitar
John Rossi Drums
Roly Salley Guitar, Vocals
Bill "Foots" Samuel Alto Saxophone
Moshe Savitsky Dobro
Mark Schatz Bass
Tracy Schwarz Fiddle
Darrell Scott Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Gary Scruggs Electric Bass
Jeff Simon Drums
James Singleton Bass, Acoustic Bass
Muzz Skillings Bass
Bobby Slone Bass, Fiddle
Grant Smith Percussion, Drums
Terry Smith Bass
Joey Spampinato Bass, Vocals
Tim Stafford Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Susan Denton Staley Vocal Harmony
Adam Steffey Mandolin, Mandola
Reginald Stuart Trombone
Eddie Stubbs Fiddle, Vocals
Joe Sunseri Baritone Saxophone
Clarence "Tater" Tate Fiddle
Wayne Taylor Bass, Vocals
Linda Thompson Vocals
Margo Timmins Vocals
Michael Timmins Guitar
Peter Timmins Drums
Jon Tiven Guitar
Michael Toles Guitar
Jim Tolles Guitar
Brennan Totten Guitar, Vocals
Alvin "Red" Tyler Tenor Saxophone
Dan Tyminski Baritone (Vocal)
Richard Underwood Banjo, Vocals
Frank Urbanovitch Fiddle
Chris Vachon Guitar
Ken Vangel Piano
Errol Verret Accordion
Johnny Vidacovich Drums
Ralph Vitello Piano
Pete Wade Electric Guitar
Sezz Walker Bass
Don Whitcomb Bass
Cheryl White Tenor (Vocal)
Marshall Wilborn Bass
Glenn Worf Double Bass
Lee Allen Zeno Bass, Guitar
Bud Reed Banjo, Guitar
Donn Adams Trombone
Roy Huskey Jr. Upright Bass
Glen Andrews Trumpet
Jay Bellerose Percussion, Drums
Monk Boudreaux Tambourine, Background Vocals
Matt Flinner Mandolin
Charlie Miller Trumpet
Roderick Paulin Tenor Saxophone
Don Rigsby Mandolin
Darrin Vincent Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Kent Wells Acoustic Guitar
Denice Franke Vocal Harmony
Raymond Weber Percussion, Drums
Bill Dobrow Shaker
Eric Heywood Pedal Steel Guitar
Mark Spencer Keyboards, Background Vocals
Danny Bailey Guitar, Vocals
Harry Balfa Triangle
Jenny Cleland Bass, Vocals
Fred Cockerham Fiddle
Colin Cripps Electric Guitar
Bob Potts Fiddle, Vocals
Too Slim Accordion, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, String Bass
Woody Paul Fiddle, Harmonica, Accordion, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal), Gut String Guitar
Madeleine Peyroux Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
John Hall Fiddle
Charlie Collins Guitar
Cody Kilby Acoustic Guitar
Wes Golding Guitar
Jake Tullock Bass
Dave Dillon Guitar
Ed Petersen Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Keyes Guitar
Ranger Doug Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)
Paul Brewster Acoustic Guitar
Chris Ditson Drums
Joe Diviney Bass
Rob Gjersoe Electric Guitar
Keith Slattery Piano
John Suire Drums
Bob Tidwell Bass
Danny Weinkauf Bass
Jenny Whiteley Vocal Harmony
Fred Wooten Guitar
Yusef Yancey Trumpet
Todd Snare Percussion, Drums
Leona Stamm Guitar
Bryan Sutton Guitar
Sarah Harmer Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Stanton Moore Drums
Elias Badeaux Accordion
Dan Marcus Guitar
Barney Floyd Trumpet
Joe Mullins Banjo
Jason Burleson Banjo
George Javori Dumbek, Drums, Tambourine
Adam Poindexter Guitar
Andrew Duplantis Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Al Piatkowski Accordion
Gary W. Smith Piano
Dave Bryson Drums
Billy Ware Percussion
Steven Bernstein Flugelhorn, Alto Horn
Ron Stewart Fiddle
Teddy Thompson Acoustic Guitar
Jeff Parker Vocal Harmony
Jamie Dailey Guitar, Vocals
David Talbot Acoustic Guitar, Banjo
Chris Sharp Acoustic Guitar
Jamie Johnson Vocal Harmony
Danny Roberts Mandolin
Clyde Isaacs Mandolin
Peter Von Althen Tambourine, Shaker
Kathleen Edwards Acoustic Guitar
Richard Watson Acoustic Guitar
Joel Anderson Drums
Skip Ward Bass
Andy Leftwich Fiddle, Mandolin
Riley Baugus Banjo
Arconge Touchet Steel Guitar
Dan Miller Guitar
Jeff Hill Electric Bass
Chris Masterson Background Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
Marco Giovino Percussion, Drums
Ken Smith Fiddle
Steve Bryant Electric Bass
Rick Nelson Drums
Kevin Prater Guitar
Michael Daves Guitar
Sandy Williams Electric Guitar
George Davis Bass
David Reed Banjo, Guitar
Russell Paul Pedal Steel Guitar
David Fender "Fingers" Hammond Piano, Hammond Organ
Karen Bergquist Background Vocals
Jack Bryant Guitar
Peter Wernick Banjo
Larry Mathis Banjo
Stanley 'Buckwheat' Dural Piano, Accordion, Keyboards, Vocals
Kenny Harbus Trumpet
Louis Brown Horn
Miriam Rabson Violin
Ray Johnson Guitar, Background Vocals
Roy Huskey Bass
Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste Drums
Larry Sieberth Piano
Johnny Avila Drums, Vocals
The Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals
Shawn Lane Mandolin, Vocal Harmony
Bob French Banjo, Vocals
Charles Bailey Mandolin, Vocals
Steve Charlot Drums, Background Vocals
Ray Barno Alto Saxophone
Joel DeGregorio Piano
Gord Tough Electric Guitar
Evrol Gayle Trombone
David Pilitch Bass
Vin Morgan Keyboards, Background Vocals
Edward Irwin Piano
Ralph Haley Guitar
Keith Frazier Bass Drums
Ella Haley Mandolin
Dave Greco Bass
Steve Netksy Tenor Banjo
Phillip Donnelly Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Steve Martin Composer
Rory Block Composer
Charles Brown Composer
Ivory Joe Hunter Composer
Norman Blake Composer, Producer
Jerry Douglas Composer
The Johnson Mountain Boys Producer
Alison Krauss Arranger, Producer
Ricky Skaggs Producer
Tony Trischka Composer
Rhonda Vincent Producer
Dewey Balfa Composer
Michael Doucet Composer
Eddie LeJeune Arranger
Rob Crosby Composer
Lefty Frizzell Composer
Jimmie Dale Gilmore Composer, Producer
Nanci Griffith Producer
Tish Hinojosa Composer, Producer
Willie Nelson Composer
Hazel Dickens Composer, Producer
Woody Guthrie Composer
Gordon Lightfoot Composer
Bill Morrissey Arranger, Composer
Artie Traum Producer
Happy Traum Producer
Arthur Alexander Composer
Brave Combo Producer
Duane Eddy Composer
Michael Hurley Composer
Jimmy Page Composer
Robert Plant Composer, Producer
Jonathan Richman Composer
John Sebastian Producer
George Thorogood Producer
Albert Collins Composer
Matt Rollings Producer
James Booker Composer
Tut Taylor Producer
Ed Haley Composer
Don Stover Composer
John McEuen Producer
Ola Belle Reed Composer
Jim Rooney Producer
Buddy Thomas Composer
Jimmy Murphy Composer
Carrie Newcomer Composer, Producer
Kermit Ruffins Composer
Terry Adams Composer, Producer
John Agnello Engineer
Harley Allen Composer
Joe Arlotta Engineer
Craig Barker Executive Producer
Jim Bateman Producer
Peter Bell Executive Producer
Dae Bennett Engineer
Scott Billington Producer
Bob Blank Engineer
Ron Block Composer
Charlie Bragg Engineer
Bruce Bromberg Producer
Homer Brown Composer
T Bone Burnett Producer
Roy Byrd Composer
Mark Capps Engineer
Mary Chapin Carpenter Composer, Producer
Todd Cerney Engineer
W.C. Clark Composer
Johnny Copeland Composer
Billy Cox Composer
J.D. Crowe Producer
Quint Davis Producer
Doug Dorschug Engineer
Dan Doyle Producer
Suzanne Dyer Engineer
Jay Farrar Composer
David Farrell Engineer
John Flansburgh Composer
Béla Fleck Composer, Producer
Philip Frazier Composer
Ronnie Freeland Producer, Engineer
Jay Gallagher Engineer
Alice Gerrard Producer
Victor Goines Horn Arrangements
Michael Graham Producer, Engineer
Phil Greene Engineer
David Grisman Arranger, Producer
Jack Grochmal Engineer
Edward Haber Producer, Engineer
Jesse Henderson Engineer
Gary Hickinbotham Engineer
Joseph Hill Composer
Ken Hirsch Composer
John Holbrook Engineer
Ken Irwin Producer, Engineer
George James Producer
Mitch Jayne Composer
Ellen Karas Producer
Larry Klein Composer, Producer
Pierre Lamoureux Producer
Geddy Lee Composer
Ron Levy Producer
Alex Lifeson Composer
John Linnell Composer
Gregg Lunsford Engineer
John MacLeod Composer
Thomas Mark Engineer
Ellas McDaniel Composer
Bill McElroy Engineer
Pat McMakin overdub engineer
D.L. Menard Arranger, Composer
Buddy Miller Producer, Engineer, Mastering
J.D. Miller Composer
Martin Miller Producer
Paul Mufson Engineer
Hankus Netsky Director
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  • Posted January 6, 2011

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    Pop Music For Grown-Ups? More Like Roots Music For Everyone

    The booklet included in this brilliant boxed-set makes the claim that if rock and roll is pop music for young people, then roots music is pop music for older folks. That may be so. But I can tell you that growing up in the early 1980's, I found myself attracted to all kinds of so-called roots music from The Smithsonian Folkways Collection to return-to-rock roots stuff from Slash Records and the DIY spirit of many indie labels at that time. While some may feel that a compilation of roots music may be as necessary as an Alligator Records Best-Of CD, "The Rounder Records Story" offers more than ample proof that country, folk, bluegrass, blues, R&B and experimental music can have a place in our culture. Formed in 1970 by Marian Levy, Ken Irwin and Bill Norwin in a small Massachusets apartment, Rounder was originally a depository of everything early folk, early country and early bluegrass. Some of these figures we know like Appalachian singer Hazel Dickens and mandolin player and future Jerry Garcia buddy David Grisman. However, the first CD is almost like an Alan Lomax field recording, covering the sounds of America in the 1970's as if it was still the 1930's. By the 1980's, Rounder began to change a little. Its roster now included gutsy bluesmen like Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, decent country singers like Keith Whitley, struggling New Wave musicians like Jonathan Richman and a cowboy-throwback group known as Riders In The Sky. The label also became an exclusive Cajun label with Beausoleil, Buckwheat Zydeco and Professor Longhair. They even had a Klezmer Conservatory Band. Rounder was now becoming a world music label as well as a roots music haven. Within the next few years, Rounder managed to get a number of major music figures to record what would be their swansongs---such as Ruth Brown, Wilson Pickett and Charles Brown. They also got terrific up-and-coming talent like scorching Cajun singer Marcia Ball, a fluid guitar picker named Bela Fleck and traditional-sounding country singer named Alison Krauss. Today, Rounder has become one of the few independently run labels that continues to thrive as well as nurture old and new talent. The final CD covers these bases more than well. On that CD, we get a dose of country rockers Son Volt ("Down to the Wire") as well as a sample of Willie Nelson ("Man with the Blues"). There's the funereal dirge of the Cowboy Junkies ("Small Swift Birds") along with The Jimmy Sturr Polka Band doing a pretty good, roaring version of Duane Eddy's "Rebel Rouser". Robert Plant and Alison Krauss appear here, too. As does Steve Martin---but only as a musician, not a comedian. And for upping the ante in strange, how did the Canadian band Rush get to Rounder with their live crowd-pleasing acoustic ballad "Resist"? Or how about They Might Be Giants with their childlike tune, "Fibber Island" (I personally wish they could've included "No Means No")? But why quibble with music this good? If you listen to Madeleine Peyroux singing "Don't Wait Too Long", you'd swear she was a dead ringer for Billie Holliday. You hear Linda Thompson singing "Versatile Heart", a not-too-veiled stab at her cheating ex-hubby Richard, and it makes you glad that she's still able to sing. When you listen to Hazel Dickens singing about leaving the only small town she's ever known in "Mama's

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