This Is Americana, Vol. 1: A View From Sugar Hill

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Compilations are sometimes accompanied by ambitious titles like "Bluegrass Today" or "The Roots of Country," as though one collection could encompass the birth or current state of an entire genre. Occasionally, however, an album like This Is Americana actually delivers the goods. Drawn from the talented group of artists recording for Sugar Hill -- including Rodney Crowell, Hot Rize, and John Cowan -- this generous collection brings together 15 songs and one instrumental. The music runs the gauntlet of the hard-to-nail-down Americana genre, from the acoustic sounds of Baucom, Bibey & Blueridge to the eclectic, electric hodgepodge of the Gourds. There are old ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Compilations are sometimes accompanied by ambitious titles like "Bluegrass Today" or "The Roots of Country," as though one collection could encompass the birth or current state of an entire genre. Occasionally, however, an album like This Is Americana actually delivers the goods. Drawn from the talented group of artists recording for Sugar Hill -- including Rodney Crowell, Hot Rize, and John Cowan -- this generous collection brings together 15 songs and one instrumental. The music runs the gauntlet of the hard-to-nail-down Americana genre, from the acoustic sounds of Baucom, Bibey & Blueridge to the eclectic, electric hodgepodge of the Gourds. There are old standbys like Doc Watson and Doyle Lawson along with new faces like Railroad Earth and Sean Watkins. This Is Americana also serves as an excellent introduction to all of these artists. "Two Quarts Low" gives ample evidence that ex-New Grass Revival singer John Cowan still has one of the best voices on the progressive bluegrass scene, while "Out Here in the Middle" finds James McMurtry digging deep to offer sharp observations on life in America. Of course, no Sugar Hill collection would be complete with out an appearance by Jerry Douglas, a dobro player so prolific that one might be tempted to think that he sleeps in the studio. "Patrick Meets the Brickbats" rolls along at a nice clip, giving Douglas a chance to combine good taste with speedy picking. This Is Americana is a fine collection that will remind one of listening to a good radio program without any commercials.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2002
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891396125
  • Catalog Number: 3961
  • Sales rank: 342,078

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Name Is Jorge (3:49)
  2. 2 Mighty River (5:28)
  3. 3 I Won't Go With You - Scott Miller (3:17)
  4. 4 The Rock of My Soul (4:50)
  5. 5 Out Here in the Middle (4:22)
  6. 6 After the Fire Is Gone - Robin & Linda Williams (2:59)
  7. 7 Working Man Blues - Doc Watson & Frosty Morn (2:53)
  8. 8 (Somebody Bring Me a Flower) I'm a Robot - Kev Russell (2:33)
  9. 9 Two Quarts Low (2:51)
  10. 10 Patrick Meets the Brickbats - Jerry Douglas (3:22)
  11. 11 It's All My Fault - Terry Baucom (2:47)
  12. 12 Poor Boy Working Blues (2:31)
  13. 13 Another Saturday Night (2:58)
  14. 14 Colleen Malone (3:12)
  15. 15 Let It Fall (4:02)
  16. 16 Poor Man's House - Maura O'Connell (3:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Doyle Lawson Mandolin, Vocals
Sam Bush Mandolin
Rodney Crowell Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Doc Watson Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Pete Wernick Banjo, Vocals
James McMurtry Guitar, Vocals
Ian McLagan Organ
Wendy Waldman Background Vocals
Todd Phillips Bass
Peter Ostroushko Fiddle, Mandolin
Lisa Mednick Accordion
Larry Atamanuik Drums
Barry Bales Bass
Terry Baucom Banjo
T. Michael Coleman Vocals, Upright Bass, 5-string Bass
Dudley Connell Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)
John Cowan Bass Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Richard Dworsky Piano
R.S. Field Percussion
Nick Forster Bass, Vocals
Dave Francis Bass
David Grissom Guitar, Electric Guitar
Daren Hess Drums
Max Johnston Mandolin
Doug Lancio Electric Guitar
Paul Leim Percussion, Drums
Kenny Malone Drums
John Mock Classical Guitar
Greg Morrow Drums
Tim O'Brien Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals
Maura O'Connell Vocals
Dale Perry Banjo, Vocals, Acoustic Bass
Jack Reynolds Background Vocals
Michael Rhodes Bass
Charles Sawtelle Guitar, Vocals
Darrell Scott Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin
Steuart Smith Harmonica, Mandolin, Autoharp, Electric Guitar, Harmonium
Joe Smothers Guitar, Vocals
Scott Vestal Banjo, Vocals
Don Rigsby Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Barry Scott Guitar, Vocals, Acoustic Bass
Missy Raines Acoustic Bass
Richard Watson Guitar
Chris Thile Mandolin
Gary Raynor Bass
Junior Sisk Guitar, Vocals
Alan Bibey Mandolin
Randy Kohrs Dobro, Guitar, Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar, Guitar (Resonator)
Keith Langford Harmonica, Drums
Pasi Leppikangas Percussion, Drums
Bryan Sutton Guitar
Ronnie Johnson Bass, Vocal Harmony
Jeff Autry Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Jimmy Smith Electric Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals, Upright Bass, Vocal Harmony
Paul Brainard Trumpet
Ron Stewart Fiddle
Glen Phillips Vocals
Jamie Dailey Guitar, Vocals
Sara Watkins Vocal Harmony
Sean Watkins Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Todd Sheaffer Guitar, Vocals
Tim Carbone Violin, Vocals
John Skehan Mandolin, Piano
Carey Harmon Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Andy Goessling Banjo, Dobro, Guitar, Ukulele, Vox Organ, Marxophone
Dave Von Dollen Bass, Vocals, Kalimba
Hunter Berry Fiddle
Ed Biggerstaff Bass, Tenor (Vocal)
Robin Williams Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Technical Credits
Sam Cooke Composer
Steven Gardner Producer
Scott Vestal MIDI
Don Rigsby Contributor
Billy Baskette Composer
Grant Alden Liner Notes
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