True Bluegrass

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Drawn from Rounder's 1970s bluegrass catalogue, True Bluegrass focuses on lesser-known artists in a field whose deeply personal performances yield nothing to those of the genre's more famous practitioners. As on O Brother, Where Art Thou?, life and death, love and heartbreak, home and family are this collection's timeless themes. Lyrics get no more haunting than Buzz Busby & Leon Morris's "This World's No Place to Live," nor more beautiful and impeccably harmonized than East Virginia's poignant rendering of the traditional death ballad "Will the Roses Bloom Again?" That said, there are plenty of familiar names in the mix. Bela Fleck plays banjo on Tasty Licks' ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Drawn from Rounder's 1970s bluegrass catalogue, True Bluegrass focuses on lesser-known artists in a field whose deeply personal performances yield nothing to those of the genre's more famous practitioners. As on O Brother, Where Art Thou?, life and death, love and heartbreak, home and family are this collection's timeless themes. Lyrics get no more haunting than Buzz Busby & Leon Morris's "This World's No Place to Live," nor more beautiful and impeccably harmonized than East Virginia's poignant rendering of the traditional death ballad "Will the Roses Bloom Again?" That said, there are plenty of familiar names in the mix. Bela Fleck plays banjo on Tasty Licks' "Leavin'," Ricky Skaggs and Jerry Douglas are members of Boone Creek on a stirring treatment of Bill Monroe's "Dark as the Night" and later join the Allen Brothers on a 1978 cut, "Who Done It?" Allen Shelton's buoyant instrumental "Banjo Bounce" features the estimable Jesse McReynolds a.k.a. the Jesse of bluegrass's beloved Jim & Jesse on mandolin and Charlie Collins on guitar. Extra icing on the cake comes courtesy of traditionalist Hazel Dickens, who adds burnished, rootsy harmonies to a cut by Phyllis Boyens "To Hell with the Land" and supports Alice Gerrard's lead vocal with a piercing tone on "Montana Cowboy." The progressive wing makes its statement via the powerhouse Tony Rice Unit featuring Rice, Skaggs, Douglas, Sam Bush, and Todd Philips and J. D. Crowe & the New South with Emmylou Harris on board. In bluegrass, the circle has remained unbroken down through the ages, an assertion this dynamic album easily reinforces.
All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Like its companion volume Bluegrass Mountain Style, this compilation offers 22 tracks of classic bluegrass culled from the enviably deep Rounder catalog, but unlike the other album, this one focuses mainly on strictly traditional material and performances, with only a couple of departures into progressive territory. There are great contributions from Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys, whose "I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling" remains one of the most thrilling of a long list of brilliant performances from the Bailey Brothers to the the Lilly Brothers, whose "God Gave the Noah the Rainbow Sign" is presented here in a previously unreleased version. In this context, the Bluegrass Cardinals' relatively slick "Lorene" and Allen Shelton's rockabilly-flavored "Banjo Bounce" both sound a bit out of place, but not in a bad way. As with Bluegrass Mountain Style, this one should probably be sold at mid-price, but there's no arguing with the quality of the material.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/9/2002
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661161528
  • Catalog Number: 611615
  • Sales rank: 339,450

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Leavin' (2:44)
  2. 2 Dark as the Night (3:12)
  3. 3 The Old Swinging Bridge - Southern Mountain Boys (2:20)
  4. 4 I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling (2:51)
  5. 5 Sally Goodin (4:32)
  6. 6 Cabin on a Mountain (2:55)
  7. 7 Lorene (3:16)
  8. 8 I'm Leaving Detroit - Southern Grass (2:27)
  9. 9 To Hell With the Land (4:30)
  10. 10 Sleepy-Eyed John (3:08)
  11. 11 Letters Have No Arms (2:16)
  12. 12 This World's No Place to Live In (But It's Home) (2:54)
  13. 13 Home Is Where the Heart Is (2:02)
  14. 14 Will the Roses Bloom Again? (3:54)
  15. 15 Montana Cowboy - Alice Gerrard (2:19)
  16. 16 Banjo Bounce (2:39)
  17. 17 Midnight on the Stormy Deep (4:06)
  18. 18 God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign (3:03)
  19. 19 Who Done It? - Allen Brothers (2:06)
  20. 20 Heaven @@Bailey Brothers & The Happy Valley Boys - The Bailey Brothers (2:51)
  21. 21 Crying Holy (2:17)
  22. 22 Orange Blossom Special (1:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Russ Barenberg Guitar
Norman Blake Guitar
The Bluegrass Cardinals Track Performer
Boone Creek Track Performer
Jerry Douglas Dobro
The Johnson Mountain Boys Band
The Lilly Brothers Track Performer
David Parmley Guitar, Vocals
Tony Rice Guitar, Vocals
Ricky Skaggs Fiddle, Mandolin, Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal)
Tony Trischka Banjo
Sam Bush Guitar, Mandolin, Violin
Emmylou Harris Baritone (Vocal)
Frank Wakefield Mandolin
Pete Wernick Banjo
Hazel Dickens Bass, Tenor (Vocal)
Mike Seeger Mandolin
Jim Brock Bass, Fiddle
John Miller Bass
Tasty Licks Track Performer
Harold Smith Mandolin
Todd Phillips Bass
Allen Shelton Banjo
Don Stover Banjo, Baritone (Vocal)
Allen Brothers Track Performer
East Virginia Track Performer
Leon Morris Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Ted Lundy Banjo, Vocals
Butch Robins Banjo, Track Performer
Blaine Sprouse Fiddle
Country Cooking Band
Phyllis Boyens Vocals
Jesse McReynolds Mandolin
Don Parmley Banjo, Vocals
Jack Tottle Mandolin, Vocals
Vern Williams Mandolin, Vocals, Track Performer
Bob Paisley Guitar, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Joe Val Mandolin, Vocals
Harley Allen Guitar, Tenor (Vocal)
Terry Baucom Fiddle, Baritone (Vocal)
Warren Blair Fiddle
Dudley Connell Guitar
Kenny Kosek Fiddle
J.D. Crowe Banjo, Baritone (Vocal)
Buddy Davis Mandolin, Vocals
Pat Enright Rhythm Guitar, Tenor (Vocal)
Ed Ferris Bass
Béla Fleck Banjo, Baritone (Vocal)
Alice Gerrard Guitar, Vocals
Wesley Golding Guitar, Vocals
Lamar Grier Banjo
Earl Grigsby Bass
Eric Levenson Bass
Everett Lilly Mandolin, Vocals
Keith Little Banjo, Vocals
Jerry Lundy Fiddle
David McLaughlin Mandolin
Frank Necessary Banjo, Vocals
Ed Neff Fiddle
Dan Paisley Guitar, Vocals
Mark Schatz Bass
Tracy Schwarz Fiddle
Bobby Slone Bass
Dick Staber Mandolin, Baritone (Vocal)
Steve Stephenson Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Randy Stewart Banjo
Eddie Stubbs Fiddle
Clarence "Tater" Tate Fiddle
James "Son" Thomas Bass
Kevin Thompson Acoustic Bass
Richard Underwood Banjo
Delbert Williams Guitar, Vocals
Earl Yager Bass
Randy Graham Mandolin, Vocals
Bea Lilly Guitar, Tenor (Vocal)
Larry Robbins Bass
Joe Drumright Banjo, Mandolin
Charlie Bailey Mandolin, Vocals
Danny Bailey Guitar, Vocals, Tenor (Vocal)
Buzz Busby Mandolin, Vocals
Harold Smith & the Majestics Mandolin
Joe Val & The New England Bluegrass Boys Track Performer
The Tony Rice Unit Track Performer
John Davis Bass
Charlie Collins Guitar
John Haftl Mandolin, Baritone (Vocal)
Dave Dillon Guitar, Vocals
English P. Jr. "Jake" Tullock Bass, Fiddle
Paul Silvius Banjo, Vocals
Connie Gately Guitar, Baritone (Vocal)
Fred Gately Bass
Bebe Lofton Guitar, Tenor (Vocal)
Leroy Mumma Fiddle
Wes Rineer Bass
Jimmy D. Brock Bass
Ronnie Allen Bass
Billy Baker Fiddle
Charles A. Bailey II Mandolin, Vocals
Al Jones Guitar, Vocals
Thayer Washer Vocals
Red Roberts Fiddle
Greg Allen Banjo, Vocals
Technical Credits
Tony Rice Arranger
Frank Wakefield Arranger
A.P. Carter Composer
Toby Mountain Mastering
Ervin T. Rouse Composer
Marion Post Wolcott Cover Photo
Rainer Maria Rilke Liner Notes, Author
Traditional Composer
Harry Smith Author
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