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Essential Bluegrass Gospel
     

Essential Bluegrass Gospel

by Lester Flatt
 
This collection of Lester Flatt's best bluegrass-gospel recordings is quite nice. Despite the fact that he and his pickin' partner in crime, Earl Scruggs, had gone their separate ways by the time these tracks were recorded (1976-1981), Flatt always surrounded himself with some terrific players. This collection serves as a showcase not

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This collection of Lester Flatt's best bluegrass-gospel recordings is quite nice. Despite the fact that he and his pickin' partner in crime, Earl Scruggs, had gone their separate ways by the time these tracks were recorded (1976-1981), Flatt always surrounded himself with some terrific players. This collection serves as a showcase not only for his fine guitar playing and capable voice, but also for Kenny Ingram's bright banjo picking, Curly Seckler's mandolin playing, Betty Jean Robinson's amiable Dolly Parton impression, and a fresh-faced mandolin player named Marty Stuart. The song choices are a little out of the norm, with "Little Brown Church," "I'll Fly Away," and "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" being a few of the more familiar tracks, but the couple of Flatt originals and the remainder of the lesser-known tracks all fit nicely alongside them. The terrific thing about bluegrass-gospel is that the passion and musicianship can be appreciated without bringing any religious beliefs into it, and although the songs all revolve around the Christian faith, any fan of acoustic American music would be foolish to dismiss this on principle alone.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/2004
Label:
Cmh Records
UPC:
0027297629820
catalogNumber:
6298
Rank:
114028

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lester Flatt   Primary Artist,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Marty Stuart   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Paul Warren   Fiddle,Vocal Harmony
Ray Edenton   Rhythm Guitar
Jack Hicks   Bass
Curly Seckler   Mandolin,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Clarence "Tater" Tate   Fiddle,Bass (Vocal)
John Warren   Fiddle
Gene Wooten   Bass
Betty Jean Robinson   Vocals
Kenny Ingram   Banjo,5-string Banjo,Vocal Harmony
Blake Williams   5-string Banjo
Jervis "Pete" Corum   Bass,Vocals
Charles Nixon   Dobro

Technical Credits

Lester Flatt   Arranger,Composer
Earl Scruggs   Composer
Marty Stuart   Producer
Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith   Producer
J.D. Martin   Composer
Lance LeRoy   Producer
M. Christian   Arranger,Composer
Hazel Cole   Composer
A. Smith   Composer
B.J. Robinson   Composer
R. "Eek-A-Mouse" Hylton   Composer
G.M. Cole   Composer
Toni Wells   Cover Design
Adam Byrne   Graphic Design
C.E. Moody   Composer

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