Blue Trail of Sorrow: 16 Top Bluegrass Gems

Blue Trail of Sorrow: 16 Top Bluegrass Gems


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Blue Trail of Sorrow: 16 Top Bluegrass Gems

A previously unreleased 1959 track by the Stanley Brothers, the keening love plea "Meet Me in the Moonlight," is the telling track on this outstanding collection. Recorded more than 40 years ago, the song sounds right on time, even when wedged into a tune stack of more recent vintage. Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, Tim O'Brien, the Freight Hoppers, the Cox Family, John Hartford, and other Rounder artists represented here have kept the faith with the Stanleys' vision while infusing their bluegrass with ever-so-nuanced quotes from pop and traditional rock 'n' roll. Other artists' styles say the Stanleys had it right all along: James King's brisk account of mad love, "Crazy Heart," is a quintessential, classically constructed bluegrass barn-burner; at the other end of the spectrum, Hazel Dickens's austere, searing memoir, "Hills of Home," is as chilling an account of time's inexorable toll on the human spirit as anything in the Stanleys' canon, and it brooks no intrusion from outside sources. Blue Trail of Sorrow is all bluegrass. Some entries are a bit bluer than others, but the varied shadings are a testament to the style's complexity.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/02/2001
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661050020
catalogNumber: 610500

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Norman Blake   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Dry Branch Fire Squad   Track Performer
Tony Furtado   Banjo
Alison Krauss   Fiddle,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Stanley Brothers   Track Performer
Ralph Stanley   Banjo,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Rhonda Vincent   Vocals
John Hartford   Fiddle,Vocals
Hazel Dickens   Vocals
Rod Stewart   Fiddle
James King   Vocals
Tut Taylor   Dobro
Glen Duncan   Vocal Harmony
Bob Carlin   Banjo,Vocals
Blaine Sprouse   Fiddle
Mike Compton   Mandolin,Vocals
Connie & Babe   Track Performer
Tom Adams   Banjo
Cox Family   Track Performer
Barry Bales   Acoustic Bass
Christine Balfa   Guitar
Ron Block   Banjo,Guitar
Kathy Chiavola   Vocal Harmony
Dudley Connell   Guitar,Tenor (Vocal)
Evelyn Cox   Vocals
Nick Forster   Guitar
Tommy Goldsmith   Guitar
Ginny Hawker   Vocals
Carol Elizabeth Jones   Tenor (Vocal)
Charles Leet   Bass (Vocal),Vocals
Mary Jo Leet   Baritone (Vocal)
Kenny Malone   Drums
Jim Miller   Guitar,Vocals
Jim Mills   Guitar
Bill Napier   Mandolin
Tim O'Brien   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals
Larry Perkins   Banjo
Dirk Powell   Fiddle
Mark Schatz   Bass
Tim Smith   Fiddle
Carter Stanley   Guitar,Vocals
Adam Steffey   Mandolin
Suzanne Thomas   Tenor (Vocal)
Ron Thomason   Vocals
Sally Truitt   Bass
Dan Tyminski   Guitar,Vocals
Marshall Wilborn   Bass
Roy Huskey   Bass
Ray Deaton   Bass (Vocal),Vocals
Darrin Vincent   Bass,Vocal Harmony
John Herrmann   Banjo
Chubby Anthony   Fiddle
Alison Krauss & Union Station   Track Performer
Freight Hoppers   Track Performer
Jason King   Track Performer
Connie Gately   Guitar
Fred Gately   Bass
Elliot   Bass
Bryan Sutton   Rhythm Guitar
Union Station   Track Performer
Frank Lee   Banjo,Vocals
Ron Stewart   Fiddle
Cary Fridley   Guitar,Vocals
Hanne Jorgensen   Bass
Chris Sharp   Guitar,Vocals
Victor Battista   Bass
Lloyd Chandler   Vocals,Track Performer
Dave Bass   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Carter Family   Composer
Jim Fox   Liner Notes
Ginny Hawker   Arranger
Carol Elizabeth Jones   Arranger
Fred Rose   Composer
Ron Thomason   Arranger
Jon Hartley Fox   Liner Notes
Connie Gately   Arranger
Public Domain   Composer
Maurice Murray   Composer

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