Up on the Mountain, Vol. 2 draws from collections of '50s and '60s bluegrass released on the Rural Rhythm imprint and serves as a sampler for the label. A mix of instrumentals and vocal tracks, the disc features no household names -- Don Reno and Red Smiley are the closest -- but does feature wall-to-wall solid bluegrass pickin'. Some of the highlights are Earl Taylor and Jim McCall's plaintive take on "Foggy Mountain Top," Don Reno and Bill Harrell's "Nine Pound Hammer" that features some wild guitar playing, the Frosty Mountain Boys' fiery version of "Slew Foot (Bear Tracks)," and Ernie & Mack's wailing take on "Mule Skinner Blues." The disc is a little short at less than half an hour and some bluegrass fans may find that the pickin' is a little too solid to be really interesting or that the disc is on the generic side. The casual bluegrass fan would be better-served by a longer disc with some bluegrass legends and pioneers playing the originals that the artists on this disc cover.