Best of the Sugar Hill Years

Best of the Sugar Hill Years

by Peter Rowan
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Best of the Sugar Hill Years

Peter Rowan fills an important role in bluegrass evolution, serving as one of the key links between the older and newer styles that came to a head with the newgrass movement in the early to mid-'70s. Rowan was a member of the renowned West Coast bluegrass outfit Old & In the Way during that time, and wrote classic songs like "Panama Red" and "Midnight Moonlight." Rowan's talent lay in keeping a stylistic foot in each camp, delivering vocal flourishes as distinct as Bill Monroe's while veering toward a more progressive acoustic sound. Best of the Sugar Hill Years covers Rowan's career between 1982 and 1996, a productive period of time resulting in solo projects like 1990's Dust Bowl Children and 1996's Yonder, a collaboration with Jerry Douglas. The 15 songs included on this collection, most of them written by Rowan, are incredibly consistent. First, there's the quality of the material, highlighted by songs like "Rainmaker" and "Hiroshima Mon Amour," and next there's the acoustic base from which the arrangements are drawn. Rowan recorded a lot of material for Sugar Hill, and obviously a 15-song collection only touches on a small portion of his work with the label. Best of the Sugar Hill Years is nonetheless a good survey of Rowan's work from this time period, and a good general introduction to a pivotal newgrass performer.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/10/2007
Label: Sugarhill
UPC: 0015891403526
catalogNumber: 4035
Rank: 121089

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Rowan   Primary Artist,Guitar,Mandolin,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Mandola
Jerry Douglas   Dobro,Guitar,Vocals,Weissenborn
Ricky Skaggs   Mandolin,Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal),Mandola
Sam Bush   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
Bill Keith   Banjo
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Mike Compton   Mandolin,Baritone (Vocal),Mandola
Andy Statman   Mandolin
Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill   Clavinet
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle,Guitar (Tenor)
Pat Enright   Guitar,Tenor (Vocal)
Mark Hembree   Bass (Vocal),Acoustic Bass
Roger Mason   Bass
Buell Neidlinger   Upright Bass
Alan O'Bryant   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Maura O'Connell   Vocal Harmony
Charles Sawtelle   Guitar
Roy Huskey   Bass,Upright Bass
Mike Munford   Banjo
Richard Greene & Beryl Marriott   Fiddle,Bass (Vocal)
Laurie K. Lewis   Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Jerry Douglas   Arranger,Producer
Peter Rowan   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jim Rooney   Producer
Hiroshi Asada   Producer
J.B. Smith   Composer
Bil VornDick   Producer
Craig Havighurst   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
Richard Greene & Beryl Marriott   Producer

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Best of the Sugar Hill Years 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Sugar Hill could have made this a double CD. I have many of Rowan's LPs for the label and they could have at least filled this disc. They didn't, and we have this very good, too short sampler. Peter Rowan is a fine bluegrass vocalist who surrounds himself with the best talent he can get. The musicians are all tops on their instruments. I plan to check out Rowan's newer work and pick up some of his Old & In The Way collaboration with David Grisman and Jerry Garcia.