Let 'er Go, Boys!

Let 'er Go, Boys!

by Michael Cleveland


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Let 'er Go, Boys!

Michael Cleveland's fiddle work has garnered lots of accolades from his musical peers and he has three IBMA awards to prove he's got the goods. Let 'er Go, Boys isn't so much a proving ground, then, as a way to spread his hot fiddle work further afield. To help him out, he's joined by a who's who of hot players, including dobro player Rob Ickes, banjoist Charlie Cushman, and mandolinist Jesse Brock. The real bluegrass star power comes into play on the vocal numbers, featuring Larry Sparks, Del McCoury, Dan Tyminski, and others. While the arrangements and players change from song to song, from instrumental to instrumental, the overall feel is traditional, or tradition derived with a rich acoustic sound. For the cynical, collections like Let 'er Go, Boys have fallen into a particular pattern. A happening picker surrounds him or herself with a bunch of other happening pickers and a few star vocalists (to help with radio play), and covers the CD with lots of quotes from famous pickers who couldn't make the session. Meanwhile, the happening picker has been lost in the mix, just one more player in a crowd and a real accessory on vocal numbers. You may find yourself wishing that there were more fiddle-banjo duos between Cushman and Cleveland, a format that really allows a player's style to stand out. Despite a somewhat predictable approach, though, Let 'er Go, Boys is a solid album that will be warmly embraced by bluegrass fans and pickers alike.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/23/2006
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661056121
catalogNumber: 561

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Cleveland   Primary Artist
Del McCoury   Guitar,Vocals
Larry Sparks   Vocals
Audie Blaylock   Guitar,Vocals
Dale Ann Bradley   Baritone (Vocal)
Vince Gill   Vocals
Rob Ickes   Dobro
Jason Moore   Bass
Tim O'Brien   Vocals
Dan Tyminski   Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Jeff White   Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Charlie Cushman   Banjo
Billy Thomas   Drums
Jeff Guernsey   Guitar
Michael Cleveland   Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Baritone (Vocal)
Pete Kelly & His Big Seven   Banjo
Jesse Brock   Mandolin

Technical Credits

Pete Goble   Composer
Allen Johnson   Vocal Engineer
Jimmy Martin   Composer
Tim O'Brien   Author
Dan Tyminski   Author
Jeff White   Producer
Steve Chandler   Engineer
Michael Cleveland   Producer
Michael Cleveland   Composer

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