Bluegrass: The Little Grasscals

Bluegrass: The Little Grasscals

by The Little Grasscals



As part of the world traditions-exploring series of albums on Naxos, bluegrass stands as representative of American traditional music. A crew of pickers following in Bill Monroe's tradition are called forth to present a number of traditional bluegrass numbers, and do so with some pretty good skill. The banjo and mandolin players are probably the highlights of the ensemble, taking Earl Scruggs' three-finger plucking quite seriously and producing the ordered, yet frantic sound that represents bluegrass so well. The fiddlers show off some good work on the way as well. While the songs are all old standards, it's the spontaneity of improvisation that brings them to life, along with some decent vocals from the various singers with the ensemble. There's a definite twang inherent in all the sounds, probably enough to scare off the majority of the country-hating crowd. Despite this, the music is really performed quite well. It might not be the Foggy Mountain Boys, but it's not bad by any stretch of the word, either.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/16/2002
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0636943703427
catalogNumber: 76034

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Little Grasscals   Primary Artist
Mike Compton   Mandolin,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
Terry Eldredge   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Booie Beach   Guitar
Mike Bub   String Bass
Rob Ickes   Guitar (Resonator)
Lester Armistead   Tenor (Vocal)
David Talbot   Banjo,Baritone (Vocal)
Jamie Johnson   Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Mike Armistead   Vocals
Shad Cobb   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Merle Travis   Composer
Mark Howard   Engineer
Terry Eldredge   Sound Effects
Paul Kingsbury   Liner Notes
Fiddlin' Arthur Smith   Composer
M. Christian   Composer
Public Domain   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Mike Armistead   Contributor
Dolores Canavan   Executive Producer
J.P. Crabtree   Engineer
J.P. Crabtree   Engineer
Patrick Isbey   Producer

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Bluegrass: The Little Grasscals 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
since the deluge of bluegrass recordings released since the success of the 'o brother, where art thou' soundtrack this one nails on the head what 95% of them are missing- the true spirit of the music. this one seems to have been made for the sake of paying homage to the traditions of the music and not to spin it in any other direction and for the joy of playing this music that is, as it says in the liner notes, a true american treasure. don't get me wrong, these traditional tunes are played by hot young musicians who play with an aggressivness that would make bill monroe proud- it's not just a stroll through the park on these farmiliar tunes. if you really want to know true, real bluegrass- what hardcore bluegrass fans would call ''a**-kickin' bluegrass'' check this cd out and you'll get infected like thousands have since the day bill monroe shook hands with a young earl scruggs. these pickers on this recording are the real deal- this music is in their hearts and they are playing out of love and not out of possibility of success be it finacially or worldly. it's the best i've heard in a long, long time.