The Touch of Time

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All Music Guide - J. Poet
Former Country Gentleman Bill Emerson has been playing banjo professionally since the early '50s. The covers of rock and soul tunes he added to his sets since the start of his career prefigured both newgrass, progressive bluegrass, and today's modern bluegrass. Emerson and the band offer a few covers on The Touch of Time, but Emerson wrote most of the tunes here, with a few co-writes with fellow bandmembers. The feel is traditional, even on the covers, and the subject matter tends toward issues of loss, limitation, heartache, and implicitly aging, all familiar topics in mountain music. Covers include "My Baby Thinks He's a Train," given a snappy reading by bass player Teri ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Poet
Former Country Gentleman Bill Emerson has been playing banjo professionally since the early '50s. The covers of rock and soul tunes he added to his sets since the start of his career prefigured both newgrass, progressive bluegrass, and today's modern bluegrass. Emerson and the band offer a few covers on The Touch of Time, but Emerson wrote most of the tunes here, with a few co-writes with fellow bandmembers. The feel is traditional, even on the covers, and the subject matter tends toward issues of loss, limitation, heartache, and implicitly aging, all familiar topics in mountain music. Covers include "My Baby Thinks He's a Train," given a snappy reading by bass player Teri Chism and featuring blazing mandolin work by Wayne Lanham. Chism also takes the lead on Dolly Parton's inspiring love song "You're the Highlight of My Life" and "The Rope," a gospel-flavored Stephanie Davis tune that Martina McBride had a hit with. The ensemble's harmonies give the song a sanctified feel, with Chism's lead full of warm, round sustained notes. Wayne Lanham's instrumental composition "Castle Hayne" reminds one of the Celtic roots of bluegrass with its opening jig, and gives Jenny Obert and Chris Stifel a chance to show off their chops on fiddle and guitar, respectively. "Today I Turned Your Picture to the Wall" sounds like it could be a new standard for the band, a tale of love gone wrong with a strong lyric and a compelling lead vocal from Chris Stifel. Emerson also contributed three instrumentals that allow the band to show off their tight ensemble work. "Home Sweet Dixie Home" starts slowly with Emerson playing solo and borrowing from the melody of "Home Sweet Home," then takes off into a midtempo romp featuring Lanham's mandolin, Obert's fiddling, and the subdued virtuosity of Emerson and guest picker Bill Evans. "These Ones" and "Electric Avenue" are more uptempo, and give everyone in the band a chance to shine, with Emerson showing off his particular prowess with the diversity of sounds he gets out of his banjo on "Electric Avenue."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/31/2012
  • Label: Rural Rhythm
  • UPC: 732351109124
  • Catalog Number: 1091
  • Sales rank: 174,105

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Baby Thinks He's A Train - Sweet Dixie (3:27)
  2. 2 Castle Hayne - Sweet Dixie (3:04)
  3. 3 Little Pink - Sweet Dixie (4:10)
  4. 4 The Touch Of Time - Sweet Dixie (3:31)
  5. 5 Home Sweet Dixie Home - Sweet Dixie (3:06)
  6. 6 Today I Turned Your Picture To The Wall - Sweet Dixie (3:17)
  7. 7 The Rope - Sweet Dixie (3:45)
  8. 8 These Ones - Sweet Dixie (2:49)
  9. 9 You're The Highlight Of My Life - Sweet Dixie (2:29)
  10. 10 Love Gone Cold - Sweet Dixie (2:19)
  11. 11 Electric Avenue - Sweet Dixie (3:53)
  12. 12 Last Night I Was There - Sweet Dixie (3:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Emerson & the Sweet Dixie Band Primary Artist
Bill Emerson Indexed Contributor, Banjo
Bill Evans Banjo, Guest Appearance
Wayne Lanham Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Teri Chism Bass, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Jenny Leigh Obert Fiddle
Chris Stifel Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Dolly Parton Composer
Johnny Bond Composer
Bill Emerson Composer, Producer
Stephanie Davis Composer
Pete Goble Composer
Leroy Preston Composer
Bill Evans Composer
Wayne Lanham Composer
Traditional Composer
Bob Webster Liner Notes
Chris Stifel Composer
Will Shenk Mastering
George Hogkiss Engineer
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