One only needs to sit through a couple songs of a live Ralph Stanley concert to know that James Price is a heck of a fiddle player. His forceful, confident technique only needs to be put in the spotlight for a brief solo to gain the audiences' ear. Now, thanks to the release of Fiddlin' the Old-Time Way, bluegrass fans and fiddle freaks can listen to Price in the privacy of their own homes. This is a fun set that finds the fiddler sawing his way through 14 old favorites, from "Soldier's Joy" to the "Orange Blossom Special." A number of friends, including guitarist James Alan Shelton, mandolinist John Rigsby, and banjoist Steve Sparkman, fill out the arrangements and add a bit of bounce. Price offers fine renditions of upbeat pieces like "Sally Goodin" without breaking a sweat, but displays the rich tone of his fiddle most clearly on ballads like "Dark as a Dungeon." Price's noted humor has less room to blossom here, but he nonetheless includes his fine imitation of the Man in Black at the end of the "Orange Blossom Special." Fiddlin' the Old Fashioned Way gives Price a chance to step out of the sidelines and into the limelight. Fiddlers and traditional music lovers will be glad he did.
Performance CreditsJames Price Primary Artist,Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin
Mike Bub Bass
Adam Steffey Mandolin
Steve Sparkman Banjo
James Alan Shelton Guitar
John Rigsby Mandolin
Ralph Stanley Rhythm Guitar
Technical CreditsRichard Porter Engineer
James Price Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Public Domain Composer
Ruby Rakes Composer
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The first few measures of "Soldier's Joy" set the stage for an album of lively fiddle tunes that roll along like greased lightning. From West Virginia, you may remember James Price from his days as fiddler and guitarist with the Goins Brothers. Since then, he's fiddled with Ralph Stanley for over eight years, and Price selected these 14 cuts based on the many requests he gets for good old-time standards like Sally Goodin', Dark as a Dungeon, Cacklin' Hen, Kentucky Waltz, Katie Hill, Farther Along, and Orange Blossom Special. I suspect that Price has won many a fiddle contest with these tunes. He also throws us a few interesting curves, like the less-often played Jimmy Campbell composition, "Runnin' Late" or the uptempo "Suwanee River Hoedown" (a piece attributed to Ruby Rakes and recorded by fiddler Chubby Anthony with the Stanley Brothers in 1959). "Pretty Little Indian" and "Flannery's Dream" are nice traditional tunes that aren't heard a lot today. Oh boy, James Price certainly knows how to saw those strings in an old-time way! Bill Monroe would be proud of his rendition of "Watson's Blues." That tune, as well as "Suwanee River Hoedown," also feature Price on mandolin and guitar. He has some great accompaniment from James Alan Shelton (lead guitar), Ralph Stanley II (rhythm guitar), John Risgby (mandolin), Adam Steffey (mandolin on two tracks), Steve Sparkman (banjo), and Mike Bub (bass). This is an excellent showcase for Fiddlin' James Price, and I commend him for being a tune-carrier for old-time fiddle music. The Clinch Mountain Boys have a long tradition of excellent fiddle players with the likes of Art Wooten, Joe Meadows, Ralph Mayo, Art Stamper, and Curly Ray Cline. Now, if you haven't already done so, we should add James Price to this list of luminaries as he's proven that he can fiddle with the best of 'em. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)