Way Up on a Mountain

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
After all these years, there are still some bluegrass purists who insist that bluegrass recordings cannot be authentic if the artist isn't from Appalachia. Their argument is that if artists haven't been living and breathing the Appalachian experience night and day, they won't be able to play bluegrass authentically -- which is sort of like saying that artists cannot play Dixieland if they aren't from New Orleans or can't play son, mambo, or cha-cha if they aren't from Cuba. But thankfully, most bluegrass aficionados reject that sort of dogma -- and on Way Up on a Mountain, lacking an Appalachian address certainly doesn't prevent Spring Creek from providing hardcore ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
After all these years, there are still some bluegrass purists who insist that bluegrass recordings cannot be authentic if the artist isn't from Appalachia. Their argument is that if artists haven't been living and breathing the Appalachian experience night and day, they won't be able to play bluegrass authentically -- which is sort of like saying that artists cannot play Dixieland if they aren't from New Orleans or can't play son, mambo, or cha-cha if they aren't from Cuba. But thankfully, most bluegrass aficionados reject that sort of dogma -- and on Way Up on a Mountain, lacking an Appalachian address certainly doesn't prevent Spring Creek from providing hardcore bluegrass of the neo-traditionalist variety. This band is from Lyons, CO, which is a long way from Appalachia; regardless, the foursome excels on original gems like "Slow Down," "It's Alright My Darlin'," and "Drivin' Me Crazy," and also excels on an inspired performance of the Bill Monroe-associated "In Despair." Although Way Up on a Mountain contains a few instrumentals (including the bluesy "Under the Gun" and the Western swing-influenced "Cuba Vera Swing"), vocal offerings dominate this 39-minute CD -- and in fact, all four members of the band (banjo player Chris Elliott, bass fiddler Jessica Smith, guitarist Taylor Sims, and mandolin player Alex Johnstone) contribute to the lead vocals. Spring Creek's lyrics are modern (by late-2000s standards) and edgy in a way that suggests alternative country; in that respect, they are bluegrass neo-traditionalists rather than the sort of traditionalists who try to offer an exact replica of bluegrass as it sounded in the 1940s and 1950s. But Spring Creek's respect for bluegrass history is never in doubt, and the lack of an Appalachian address doesn't hurt these Colorado residents a bit on the consistently rewarding Way Up on a Mountain.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/5/2009
  • Label: Rebel Records
  • UPC: 032511183224
  • Catalog Number: 1832
  • Sales rank: 281,747

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Spring Creek Primary Artist
Sally Van Meter Guitar (Resonator), Guest Appearance
Jessica Smith Fiddle, Vocals
Chris Elliott Banjo, Vocals
Jessica Smith Vocals, Bass Fiddle, Vocal Harmony, Group Member
Taylor Sims Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony, Group Member
Alex Johnstone Mandolin, Vocals
Michael Cleveland Fiddle, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
David Glasser Mastering
Mark Oblinger Engineer
John Pennell Composer
James Tuttle Engineer
Jeff White Audio Production
Chris Elliott Composer
Todd Ayers Engineer
Joe Ahr Composer
Mario Casilio Engineer
Colin Bricker Engineer
Jessica Smith Composer
Chris Elliott Composer
Taylor Sims Composer
Alex Johnstone Composer
Ronnie Elliott Composer
Mark Brinkman Composer
Juanita Pennington Composer
John Diamond Composer
Jessica Lynn Smith Composer
Thomas Baker Knight Composer
David Peterson Composer
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