The Angels Are Singing: A Women's Bluegrass Gospel Collection

The Angels Are Singing: A Women's Bluegrass Gospel Collection


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One of the primary distinguishing features of bluegrass music has always been the male voice -- the fierce and otherworldly falsetto of Bill Monroe was as important to the establishment of bluegrass as a musical genre as were his hard-driving mandolin and the fiery banjo picking of Earl Scruggs. But although women have traditionally been regarded as peripheral in the history of bluegrass music, there are many who have made significant contributions, and they have done so throughout the music's history. From the rough-hewn mountain laments of Hazel Dickens to the soulful smoothness of Alison Krauss, the distinctive sounds of women bluegrass singers have added a distinctive dimension to the music's development. This collection of bluegrass gospel songs features women singing in a wide variety of bluegrass styles: the Stevens Sisters contribute the dark and bluesy "In My Time of Dying," Claire Lynch gets funky on a modern gospel composition called "Paul and Peter Walked," and Ola Belle Reed delivers a chilling a cappella rendition of "Six Feet of Earth Makes Us All One Size." Rhonda Vincent and Kathy Kallick both perform driving and rootsy numbers, while the Cox Family's contribution is, as usual for them, both gorgeous and slightly strange. Strict traditionalists might be put off by a few of these selections (the clarinet intro on "The Wayfaring Stranger" is especially startling), but everything here is very much worth hearing.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/20/2002
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661048522
catalogNumber: 610485
Rank: 72850

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alison Brown   Banjo
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
David Grier   Guitar
Kathy Kallick   Guitar,Vocals
Alison Krauss   Viola,Vocals
Laurie Lewis   Bass,Fiddle,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Tony Trischka   Banjo
Rhonda Vincent   Mandolin,Vocals
Sam Bush   Mandolin
Hazel Dickens   Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Jim Brock   Bass
April Stevens   Vocals
Todd Phillips   Bass (Vocal),String Bass
Glen Duncan   Fiddle
Barry Mitterhoff   Mandolin
Ola Belle Reed   Guitar,Vocals
Butch Robins   Banjo
Wilma Lee Cooper   Guitar,Vocals
Matt Glaser   Violin,Viola
Phyllis Boyens   Vocals
Andy Statman   Clarinet,Mandolin
Lynn Morris   Guitar,Vocals
Claire Lynch   Vocals
Lucy Kaplansky   Vocals
Barry Bales   Acoustic Guitar,Acoustic Bass
Bruce Barth   Piano
Ron Block   Guitar,Tenor (Vocal)
Dudley Connell   Guitar
Carolee Cooper   Vocals
Stoney Cooper   Guitar,Vocals
Evelyn Cox   Rhythm Guitar,Tenor (Vocal)
Suzanne Cox   Vocals
Willard Cox   Baritone (Vocal)
Dennis Crouch   Bass
Alice Gerrard   Vocals
Ginny Hawker   Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
Rob Ickes   Dobro
Carol Elizabeth Jones   Tenor (Vocal)
Pete Kennedy   Guitar
Charles Leet   Bass
Ray Legere   Fiddle
Tony Marcus   Bass (Vocal)
John McGann   Guitar
David McLaughlin   Mandolin
Tim O'Brien   Mandolin
Alan O'Bryant   Vocal Harmony
Marc Pruett   Banjo
Tom Rozum   Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Charles Sawtelle   Guitar
Darrell Scott   Guitar
Jerry Shook   Guitar
Ronnie Simpkins   Acoustic Bass
Adam Steffey   Mandolin
Eddie Stubbs   Fiddle
Stella Sutton   Banjo
Suzanne Thomas   Guitar,Vocals
Ron Thomason   Mandolin
Richard Underwood   Banjo
Jeff White   Bass (Vocal)
L.E. White   Vocals
Jim Whitney   Bass
Marshall Wilborn   Bass
Roy Huskey   Bass
Wayne Benson   Mandolin
Ray Deaton   Bass (Vocal)
Larry Robbins   Bass
Darrin Vincent   Bass,Vocal Harmony
Beth Stevens   Vocal Harmony
Bryan Sutton   Guitar
Bill Carver   Mandolin
Craig Robert Smith   Banjo
Ron Stewart   Fiddle
Mary Gibbons   Rhythm Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Douglas Stevens   Baritone (Vocal)
Dan Tyminski   Guitar,Baritone (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Hazel Dickens   Arranger
Ola Belle Reed   Arranger
Matt Glaser   Arranger
Scott Billington   Art Direction
Alice Gerrard   Arranger
Cole Porter   Composer
Chris Skinker   Liner Notes
Nancy Given   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer

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The Angels Are Singing: A Women's Bluegrass Gospel Collection 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are several cuts on this CD that I do not care for, but it was worth the price for Rhonda Vincent, The Cox Family, and Alison Krauss. "There is a Reason" by Krauss is beautiful - both words and melody.