Hand Hewn

Hand Hewn

by Dry Branch Fire Squad


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Hand Hewn

Great albums from Dry Branch Fire Squad are nothing new. The band's lineup has changed slowly but fairly constantly over its 25-year history, but the commitment of its leader, mandolinist, and singer Ron Thomason to the various strains and traditions of old-time and bluegrass music has never flagged. Nor has his sense of humor, which is legendary. His voice, on the other hand, is aging somewhat, not that that really detracts from the pleasure of his singing on traditional favorites like "While ng on Last Winter's Night" and the Ralph Stanley gospel rave-up "Two Coats." He sounds best of all here on "Black Lung," a hair-raising miner's lament that he sings in a spare, stark arrangement in duet with Hazel Dickens. The whole quartet kicks in for the rollicking gospel number "I'll Live Again," and there are a couple of great instrumentals as well, including Thomason's mandolin showcase, a Bill Monroe tribute titled "Nazeer, Nazeer (Nazeer, Nazeer)." The program's only misstep is a rather dull and overlong rendition of "Midnight, the Unconquered Outlaw." Highly recommended overall.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/24/2001
Label: Rounder Select
UPC: 0682161046624
catalogNumber: 10466

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dry Branch Fire Squad   Primary Artist
Hazel Dickens   Vocals
Charles Leet   Bass,Bass (Vocal)
Mary Jo Leet   Baritone (Vocal)
Suzanne Thomas   Banjo,Guitar,Tenor (Vocal)
Ron Thomason   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals,Hambone
Bobby Maynard   Banjo,Fiddle,Baritone (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Ken Irwin   Producer
J.D. Rhynes   Liner Notes
Tom Rozum   Cover Art
Ron Thomason   Arranger,Liner Notes,Song Notes
G.B. Grayson   Composer
Henry Whitter   Composer
Forbes Family   Arranger
Jack Casey   Engineer

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