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I Rest My Case
     

I Rest My Case

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by Randy Howard
 
Although Randy Howard has been an expert fiddler for some time, he's managed to stay quietly on the sidelines by sticking to contests and studio work. This should change, however, thanks to Sugar Hill's 2003 release of I Rest My Case, an hour-long display for Howard and his high-profile musician friends. The album receives a fine jump-start with

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Although Randy Howard has been an expert fiddler for some time, he's managed to stay quietly on the sidelines by sticking to contests and studio work. This should change, however, thanks to Sugar Hill's 2003 release of I Rest My Case, an hour-long display for Howard and his high-profile musician friends. The album receives a fine jump-start with Frank Wakefield's "New Camptown Races," a quick-paced romp with some fine bow work by Howard and nifty guitar picking from Bryan Sutton. The title track rolls along like a pleasant afternoon drive in the countryside and features a nice guest spot by mandolinist David Grisman. While "I Rest My Case" was written by Howard, he has chosen most of his material from a wide variety of sources. Dan Fogelberg's "Leader of the Band," for instance, features a first-class vocal from Don Rigsby, while "Sweet Bunch of Daises," a jazz-flavored tune worthy of Stephane Grappelli, draws from public-domain material. It should also noted that even though Howard is the center of attention on this project, his illustrious guests -- including Sam Bush, Carl Jackson, and Jerry Douglas -- get plenty of room to strut their stuff. Engaging, eclectic, and tastefully rendered, I Rest My Case is a well-wrought entry in the new acoustic field.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/28/2003
Label:
Sugarhill
UPC:
0015891396224
catalogNumber:
3962
Rank:
5081

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Randy Howard   Primary Artist,Fiddle
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Sam Bush   Mandolin
Larry Cordle   Vocal Harmony
Ron Block   Banjo
Kathy Chiavola   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Dennis Crouch   Bass
Kevin Grantt   Bass,Bass (Vocal)
David Grisman   Mandolin
Randy Hardison   Drums
Carl Jackson   Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Roy Huskey   Guitar
Don Rigsby   Mandolin,Vocals
Romane   Guitar
Jerry Salley   Vocal Harmony
Bryan Sutton   Guitar
Lona Heid   Vocal Harmony
Catherine Marx   Piano,Keyboards

Technical Credits

George Douglas   Composer
Carl Jackson   Producer,Remixing
Bil VornDick   Engineer
George David Weiss   Composer
Randy Howard   Arranger,Producer
Luke Wooten   Engineer,Remixing
D. Kent Thompson   Cover Photo
Robert Thiele   Composer

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Total playing time - 61:45 -- As the 1999 IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year kicks off this album with "New Camptown Races," one realizes that they are in for a ride on the Randy Howard Express. The late Randy Howard then launches into his original title cut, "I Rest My Case," with its Dawglike feel. With over an hour of music on this album, it's a fun journey and bound to have something for everyone. The interesting thing is that there are only 14 tracks on the project, with 12 of them spanning four minutes or more each. What this does is give each supporting musician a chance to also shine, as if in an exceptional jam with the likes of Bryan Sutton, Dennis Crouch, Kathy Chiavola, Al Perkins, Carl Jackson, David Grisman, Don Rigsby, Jerry Douglas, Larry Cordle, Ron Block, Roy Huskey Jr., Sam Bush, and others. Instrumental standouts are Ain't No Part of Nuthin' (written by Chiavola), Kansas City Kitty, So Long Bill (written by Howard), Houdini (written by Howard), and What a Wonderful World. The standard, Sweet Bunch of Daisies, is given a raw-boned jazzy arrangement featuring only fiddle, bass, electric and acoustic guitars (played by Romane). Besides the nine instrumental tunes, the album offers five songs with lead vocals sung by Don Rigsby or Carl Jackson. Two slower tracks (Fit For A King, River of Tears) produced by Jackson add a little too much drumming to the mix for my taste. Rigsby does a fine job singing Dan Fogelberg's "Leader of the Band" and Joe Stuart's "A Lonesome Road" and Al Clausser's "I Hear A Sweet Voice Callin'." This album doesn't knock us upside the head with one hoedown after another. On the contrary, it serves up an eclectic selection of fast and slow, instrumentals and vocals, traditional and contemporary, country to swing, old-time to bluegrass. During Howard's short time with us, he won numerous prestigious fiddle contests. He also became a successful studio musician and played on many others' albums after arriving in Nashville at age 28. Some of those he's recorded with include Garth Brooks, Shelby Lynne, George Jones, and Tammy Wynette. His decade of session work reinforced his reputation and abilities as a supportive musician and musical teamplayer. Ten years later, it was cancer that took Randy's life in 1999. It was a sad day indeed for the bluegrass and country music community. "I Rest My Case" was Randy Howard's swan song, recorded during a three-year period from 1996-99. It's a great tribute to an exceptional man, a highly proficient fiddler who was full of energy and humor while he was with us. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)