O Sister 2: A Women's Bluegrass Collection

O Sister 2: A Women's Bluegrass Collection


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O Sister 2: A Women's Bluegrass Collection

The follow-up to 2001's O Sister! women's bluegrass collection -- easily one of the year's best albums -- O Sister 2 lives up to its predecessor's high standard, and then some. Vocally, instrumentally, stylistically, and philosophically, the women featured here boast an adventurous spirit within a traditional bluegrass framework without sounding self-consciously old-timey or icily academic. That's as true for a staunch traditionalists such as the gritty North Carolinian Olabelle Reed on her rustic "High on a Mountain" as it is for the brilliant modern alchemist Alison Krauss, who turns in a deep and beautiful duet with Suzanne Cox on "Jewels," an exquisite exposition of the glories of the afterlife. Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard's Old West fable, "Montana Cowboy," is energized by some atmospheric, anxiety-riddled fiddling (by Tracy Schwarz) that would make Bernard Hermann proud, and in another of many instrumental highlights, the Wayfaring Strangers back Lucy Kaplansky and Jennifer Kimball's keening harmonies on "Memories of You" with some jazzy riffing that suggests a Middle Eastern melody. But really, the story is great voices singing powerful, haunting songs straight from some deep place in the collective human heart. With exemplary performances from Rhonda Vincent, Hazel Dickens (on three cuts), Wilma Lee Cooper, Tanya Savory, and Jeannie Kendall, this collection cuts deep and doesn't settle for merely providing a good time. It also aims to be meaningful, with songs boasting big themes and performances marked by conviction of purpose. Live with this one, and it'll light a path somewhere down the road.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/10/2002
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661050624
catalogNumber: 610506


  1. Tall Pines @@Laurie Lewis
  2. It Rains Everywhere I Go @@Lynn Morris
  3. I'll Stay Around @@Alecia McRight
  4. I Wonder Where You Are Tonight @@Jeannie Kendall
  5. Leaving This Land @@Suzanne Thomas
  6. Pretending I Don't Care @@Rhonda Vincent
  7. Don't Neglect the Rose @@Ginny Hawker
  8. Love Me or Leave Me Alone @@Hazel Dickens, Carol Elizabeth Jones & Ginny Hawker
  9. Hideaway @@Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick
  10. Who's Crying for You Now @@Beth & April Stevens
  11. Reason Enough @@Tanya Savory
  12. Hey Lonesome @@Claire Lynch
  13. Someday @@Jones & Leva
  14. Montana Cowboy @@Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard
  15. High on a Mountain @@Ola Belle Reed
  16. Poor Ellen Smith @@Wilma Lee Cooper
  17. Times Are Not What They Used to Be @@Hazel Dickens, Carol Elizabeth Jones & Ginny Hawker
  18. Dream of a Miner's Child @@Phyllis Boyens
  19. Memories of You @@Wayfaring Strangers
  20. Willow @@Mac Benford & the Woodshed All-Stars
  21. Jewels @@Alison Krauss & the Cox Family

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