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Dawgnation based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anyone who thinks David Grisman is a bluegrass musician will have their eyes opened by this recording. Musical influences from various genres abound. Apparently there is a loose concept of tributes to the Dawg's musical friends that ties it together, but it is impossible to discern. I have come to the conclusion, that like fellow bluegrass expatriate Bela Fleck, the prolific Grisman is difficult to review. All his recordings are enjoyable.
Hot dawg! Dawgnation is simply dawg deluxe, smothered with all the musical trimmings. Grisman and company really know how to cook. It's especially nice to hear the virtuostic interplay on the four duets: "Mr. Coolberg" (mando/flute), Why Did the Mouse Marry the Elephant? (mando/bass), Desert Dawg (mando/percussion or violin), and Argentine Trio (mando/guitar). The all-original songs are arranged in such a way as to always keep you guessing what surprises are around the next measure of melody. Dawgnation has its share of travelling tunes, with their large dosages of irresistibly infectious energy. You can hear many genre influences in Dawg's music, from Gypsy to Swing, Middle Eastern to Latin, Bluegrass to Big Band. Collar this dawg, and add it to your collection! (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)