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Touch of Time
     

The Touch of Time

by Bill Emerson & the Sweet Dixie Band
 
Former Country Gentleman Bill Emerson has been playing banjo professionally since the early '50s. The covers of rock and soul tunes he added to his sets since the start of his career prefigured both newgrass, progressive bluegrass, and today's modern bluegrass. Emerson and the band offer a few covers on The Touch of Time, but

Overview

Former Country Gentleman Bill Emerson has been playing banjo professionally since the early '50s. The covers of rock and soul tunes he added to his sets since the start of his career prefigured both newgrass, progressive bluegrass, and today's modern bluegrass. Emerson and the band offer a few covers on The Touch of Time, but Emerson wrote most of the tunes here, with a few co-writes with fellow bandmembers. The feel is traditional, even on the covers, and the subject matter tends toward issues of loss, limitation, heartache, and (implicitly) aging, all familiar topics in mountain music. Covers include "My Baby Thinks He's a Train," given a snappy reading by bass player Teri Chism and featuring blazing mandolin work by Wayne Lanham. Chism also takes the lead on Dolly Parton's inspiring love song "You're the Highlight of My Life" and "The Rope," a gospel-flavored Stephanie Davis tune that Martina McBride had a hit with. The ensemble's harmonies give the song a sanctified feel, with Chism's lead full of warm, round sustained notes. Wayne Lanham's instrumental composition "Castle Hayne" reminds one of the Celtic roots of bluegrass with its opening jig, and gives Jenny Obert and Chris Stifel a chance to show off their chops on fiddle and guitar, respectively. "Today I Turned Your Picture to the Wall" sounds like it could be a new standard for the band, a tale of love gone wrong with a strong lyric and a compelling lead vocal from Chris Stifel. Emerson also contributed three instrumentals that allow the band to show off their tight ensemble work. "Home Sweet Dixie Home" starts slowly with Emerson playing solo and borrowing from the melody of "Home Sweet Home," then takes off into a midtempo romp featuring Lanham's mandolin, Obert's fiddling, and the subdued virtuosity of Emerson and guest picker Bill Evans. "These Ones" and "Electric Avenue" are more uptempo, and give everyone in the band a chance to shine, with Emerson showing off his particular prowess with the diversity of sounds he gets out of his banjo on "Electric Avenue."

Product Details

Release Date:
01/31/2012
Label:
Rural Rhythm
UPC:
0732351109124
catalogNumber:
1091

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Performance Credits

Bill Emerson & the Sweet Dixie Band   Primary Artist
Bill Emerson   Banjo
Bill Evans   Banjo,Guest Appearance
Wayne Lanham   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Teri Chism   Bass,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jenny Leigh Obert   Fiddle
Chris Stifel   Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Dolly Parton   Composer
Johnny Bond   Composer
Bill Emerson   Composer,Producer
Stephanie Davis   Composer
Pete Goble   Composer
Leroy Preston   Composer
Bill Evans   Composer
Wayne Lanham   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Bob Webster   Liner Notes
Chris Stifel   Composer
George Hogkiss   Engineer

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