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You Were There for Me
     

You Were There for Me

by Peter Rowan, Tony Rice
 
One has to consider the collaborative union of renegade roots music guitarist Tony Rice and woolly Zen bluegrass legend Peter Rowan to be the most natural thing on earth and one that is long overdue. Both are true. While the two have played together on stages and even on record before, You Were There for Me marks their

Overview

One has to consider the collaborative union of renegade roots music guitarist Tony Rice and woolly Zen bluegrass legend Peter Rowan to be the most natural thing on earth and one that is long overdue. Both are true. While the two have played together on stages and even on record before, You Were There for Me marks their first full-fledged album collaboration. The program features no less than nine Rowan originals and a cover of Peter Lorin's fine "Cowboys and Indians." Rice is in fine playing form here, effortlessly underscoring and filling up Rowan's sung lines, and for his part, the songwriter is in fantastic voice. Accompanied throughout by bassist Bryn Bright and mandola and mandolin maestro Billy Bright -- with guest appearances by drummer Larry Atamanuik and bassist Tony Garnier as well as Rob Emery on harmony vocals on a track each -- the sound here is easy, free, and warm. But this is no mere feel-good jam recording. Instead, it is a collection of Rowan's most poetic material rendered with deep emotion, elegance, and grace by the singer buoyed by a band led by Rice's uncanny, soulful, and otherworldly playing. While there isn't a weak track in the set, the clear standouts are the title cut, "Tin Roof Shack," "Miss Liberty," "Shirt Off My Back," "Wild Mustang," and "Angel Island." One of the most poetic, emotionally honest, and gorgeously rendered albums of American music to come out in decades. This recording is among the best in either man's catalog.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2004
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661044128
catalogNumber:
610441
Rank:
179512

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Rowan   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Mandola
Tony Rice   Primary Artist,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Larry Atamanuik   Drums
Tony Garnier   Double Bass
Robert Emery   Vocal Harmony
Billy Bright   Mandolin,Mandola
Bryn Bright   Background Vocals,Double Bass,Vocal Harmony
Robert Emery   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Tony Rice   Producer
Peter Rowan   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Joe Brien   Engineer
Evers   Direction
Robert K. Oermann   Liner Notes
Billy Wolf   Engineer
Michael K. Sheehan   Cover Photo
Michael Youngwood   Engineer

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