A band knows they've made the big time -- at least in bluegrass and old-timey circles -- when Tim O'Brien and Darol Anger start guesting on their latest album. Old Hands also features guest spots by Dirk Powell and Jerry Douglas and has been produced by dobro player Sally Van Meter. Of course none of this would matter too much if the Yonder Mountain String Band didn't pretty much have their vocal and instrumental chops together to begin with. Guitarist Adam Aijala, banjoist Dave Johnston, mandolinist Jeff Austin, and bassist Ben Kaufmann form a smooth unit that calls to mind other recent bluegrass/folk groups like Rice, Rice, Hillman, and Pendersen and New Grange. Like these groups, the band relies on a number of lead vocalists, superb harmony, and an instrumental finesse to pull it all together. On Old Hands all of these elements are brought to bear on 13 songs by Benny Galloway, a guitarist/writer who also makes several appearances on the album. There's the spontaneous "Deep Pockets," a fun bit of Western swing with some clever guitar work by Aijala and some nice fiddle playing by O'Brien, and the equally upbeat "Pride of Alabama." Powell's accordion adds a bit of Cajun spice to "Big Lights," while Meter's slide guitar adds a lyrical quality to the mellow "Sleepy Cowboy." Old Hands is a nicely executed album of succinctly played songs, and Yonder Mountain String Band aficionados will be happy to get it in their hands.
|Label:||Sci Fidelity Records|
Performance CreditsYonder Mountain String Band Primary Artist
Jerry Douglas Dobro
Darol Anger Fiddle
Sally Van Meter Vocals,Slide Guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
Tim O'Brien Fiddle,Vocal Harmony
Dirk Powell Accordion
Jeff Austin Mandolin,Vocals
David Johnston Banjo,Vocals
Adam Aijala Guitar,Vocals
Casey Driessen Fiddle
Benny Galloway Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Ben Kaufmann Bass,Vocals
Technical CreditsSally Van Meter Arranger,Producer
James Tuttle Engineer
Yonder Mountain String Band Arranger
Benny Galloway Logo Design
Bryce Wisdom Artwork
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Old Hands based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
OK So the best vocals on this record are by Benny Galloway. Get it for "Pride of Alabama" and "Everytime". They are worth the price of admission. YMSB are just excellent instrumentally. The Banjo flys on this album as it does on the earlier ones. Listen on a decent hi fi system and you will be blown away by these guys.