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All Music Guide - Scott Cooper
What would J.D. Crowe's band sound like with banjo stud Scott Vestal in place of Crowe? The answer is Wildfire. Comprised of four former members of Crowe's New South, along with Vestal, Wildfire's debut is an attention-grabbing effort filled with virtuoso picking, well-chosen albeit slightly commercial-leaning songs, and reliable singing. Resonator guitar master Phil Leadbetter, one of the top players in his field, shares solos with Vestal, mandolin player Darrell Webb, and guitarist Robert Hale. On cuts like the workhorse "Louise," Leadbetter's knack for phrasing never veers too far astray from the core melody, whereas he flashes his speedy fingers on the Flatt & ...
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All Music Guide - Scott Cooper
What would J.D. Crowe's band sound like with banjo stud Scott Vestal in place of Crowe? The answer is Wildfire. Comprised of four former members of Crowe's New South, along with Vestal, Wildfire's debut is an attention-grabbing effort filled with virtuoso picking, well-chosen albeit slightly commercial-leaning songs, and reliable singing. Resonator guitar master Phil Leadbetter, one of the top players in his field, shares solos with Vestal, mandolin player Darrell Webb, and guitarist Robert Hale. On cuts like the workhorse "Louise," Leadbetter's knack for phrasing never veers too far astray from the core melody, whereas he flashes his speedy fingers on the Flatt & Scruggs favorite "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down." On cuts like Delbert McClinton's "Victim of Life's Circumstances," Webb's mando playing is melodic, tasteful, and rhythmically solid when providing the required downbeat. Bluegrass conventions are pretty rigid to begin with, so it's difficult to expose a personality, but Robert Hale manages to squeeze some into his bluesy style. Like all his work, Vestal's parts throughout are idiosyncratic, both tonally and melodically. But the vocals, led by Hale and backed by Leadbetter and Webb, are equally as strong. Hale's vocals are strongest on the opening cut, "Rough Edges," and he also manages to escape the shadow of George Jones on James Taylor's "Bartender Blues," made famous by Jones. With only two original tunes, the only question surrounding this band is if they can write material as strong as they can play it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2001
  • Label: Pinecastle
  • UPC: 755757111423
  • Catalog Number: 1114

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wildfire Primary Artist
Robert Hale Guitar, Vocals
Scott Vestal Banjo
Curt Chapman Zeta Bass
Phil Leadbetter Baritone (Vocal), Guitar (Resonator)
Sonya Isaacs Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Clan of Xymox Composer
Wildfire Producer
John Eberle Mastering
Tom Riggs Executive Producer
Bob Murray Art Direction, Photo Illustration
Jon Weisberger Liner Notes
Jesse Jones Engineer
W. Walker Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ROBERT HALE AT HIS BEST AND BETTER

    THIS CD IS OUTRAGEOUS! ROBERT HALE AT HIS BEST. "BARTENDER BLUES" ROBERT DOES A WONDERUL JOB ON THIS ONE. I THINK GEORGE JONES WOULD APPROVE COMPLETELY. AND MAYBE BE ALITTLE INTIMADATED. THIS IS A MUST HAVE CD. THANK YOU TO ROBERT'S FATHER CLAYTON HALE FOR LEADING HIM IN THE RIGHT DIRECTIONS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST OF THE BEST BLUEGRASS

    I am very pleased to say that this is the best bluegrass music I have heard in a long time. The lead vocalist Robert Hale singing out in a wonderful sound. If you want the best bluegrass cd this is the one you want. Robert Hale has been with many bands, and his known for his wonderful voice and picking talents. We thank his father Clayton Hale for leading him in the right directions. Thanks Robert you are great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Phil and the boys rule!!

    I have been a fan of J.D Crowe and the New South for several years now. One of those reasons was due to the resonator guitar playing of Phil Leadbetter. I bought this "Uncontained" CD because I knew it must be good stuff if Phil was involved. He has always been one of the very best in the business and his multiple IBMA nominations will show that. I see a very bright future for Phil and the guys.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An albumn never had.

    These guys are giving bluegrass a fresh sound and a new look. I really hope they are awarded emerging artist at the 2002 IBMA awards in Oct.

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