The musical world of bluegrass is a wide and varied one, but this essential collection provides a wide, fascinating, and entertaining overview. From Larry Park’s a cappella “Gospel Train” to J. D. Crowe and the New South’s virtuoso instrumental display, from “Nashville Blues” to the old-time sound of Red Allen and the Kentuckians and the contemporary strains of Alison Krauss and Bela Fleck, The Rough Guide to Bluegrass hits nearly all the important bases. Highlights include “Matterhorn,” (the Country Gentlemen), “Rank Strangers” (Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys with guest Tom T. Hall), “Hills of Home” (Hazel Dickens), “Lonesome Wind Blues” (Rhonda Vincent), “My Better Years” (Johnson Mountain Boys), “Shiloh” (Emerson and Waldron), “Sweetheart, Darling of Mine” (Claire Lynch), “My Sweet Love Ain’t Around (the McCoury Brothers), and a host of others. Bluegrass is among the true heartbeats of American roots music, and this well-chosen disc gives it its full due.
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