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Album : The Bluegrass Album

I’ve always been drawn to this type of music. I took the big plunge with this record. It’s pure acoustic and man can these fellas play. My toe was tappin and my ears were hearing some great licks. Smooth, tight and brilliant. No second rate musicianship here. The vocals are a perfect mix. Harmonies are beautiful. They all step out to solo and they just smoke, then they bring it all together again. I love this stuff. Bobby Hicks on fiddle slays me. I hear the word “master” thrown around. I would but Hicks in that category.

After I fell in love with this record I found out these guys were like a supergroup. They all played in other bands, like Ricki Sckaggs, Emmy Lou Harris’s ‘Hot Band’ and had been around for years. They play the music they love and pay homage to the players that came before them, Bill Monroe, Flatts and Scruggs and many more.

When you master your instrument like these players do you make it seem easy. I would guess that along with the talent they all have they have played until their fingers were raw. They are all top notch, Like Howe Gelb said about Bill Monroe “He was the father of ‘Speed Metal’ (Something like that). And these guys go to town a few times. Its amazing how fast and good these guys are.

Some music just sounds good to my ear and like I’ve said before It chooses me. Once I get locked in it’s hard for me to get out. When I talk about music that moves me well this is some of it. If you want to add some bluegrass to your record pile this would be a good addition. If it grabs you like it did me you’ll be gone and in a good mood. You want roots music well you cant get any closer tan this and old blues. Not a bad cut on the record. A “Bluegrass Festival” on one record.

Take a step outside your box and try this on for size. Won’t hurt. J D Crowe, Tony Rice, Doyle Lawson, Bobby Hicks and Todd Phillips. Take a bow.

To quote Tony Rice “If you take as much pleasure in listening to this album as we did in recording it, it has served it’s purpose”

” Oh I want to go back to my darlin, back to the one I love so well”

(CB had a real hard time picking one cut. They all hit the spot)

40 comments on “Album : The Bluegrass Album

  1. Francisco Bravo Cabrera
    October 10, 2021

    Cannot listen to the link but I’ll look them up on YouTube. I like some country music but never this type…

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  2. Jim S.
    October 10, 2021

    CB already knows that my buddy Steve is the bluegrass guy. Plays banjo. In fact, it was him telling me he was going to a bluegrass camp that inspired me to go to rock camp. Bluegrass is not where I live but I do appreciate the musicianship. I’ll give this a spin anyway.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 10, 2021

      I feel like I know Steve. Bluegrass is a style that certainly doesnt get a lot of mass appeal. Folks like Sckaggs, Krauss etc never stray to far from it. This band here is something else. I continued on for 3 more albums.

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      • Jim S.
        October 10, 2021

        Steve is every bit the music junkie we are. Bluegrass. blues, fusion, soul – you name it.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 10, 2021

        Tony Rice, guitarist on this record mostly played this style, where his heart was but he ventured outside and made outstanding music. I dont feel cheated on what Ive listened to over the years.

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  3. Yeah, Another Blogger
    October 10, 2021

    Right now I’m spinning Hiatt’s album called Crossing Muddy Waters. Do you know it? I hadn’t listened to it in many years. It’s real good.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 10, 2021

      Yes I do Neil and just listened to it a while ago. You’re right, its good. Hiatt’s good. Mellencamp is another who seems to be keeping this spark in older music alive.

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    • Paul
      October 11, 2021

      Fantastic album!

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  4. the press music reviews
    October 11, 2021

    Enjoyed that as per usual CB. Great find and thanks for sharing.

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  5. Phil Strawn
    October 11, 2021

    I’ve always been a bluegrass fan after seeing Flat and Scruggs at the Big D Jamboree in Dallas, somewhere around 1956-57. I didn’t know what that instrument with the drum head was, but I dug it. I was a kid with a clean musical pallet. After a life in Rock music, around 72, I purchased a 5 string banjo and proceeded to teach myself to play. Damn, it was brutal, and I already had played guitar since the age of 12. About that time, around 1975, Jerry Garcia put together a bunch of top notch blue grass and homespun pickers and put out a classic album, ” Old And In The Way.” Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements, Garcia and others literally tore that studio up. After that, I was a hooked perch. Still am. You can’t go wrong with mountain music CB.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 11, 2021

      Good stuff Phil. Love those personal connections. I have that Garcia plus many more I think Grisman got a little popularity with the music. I love the stuff.
      I had a friend who was a bit off the wall. While the rest of us were doing the rock thing , he was doing the Flatts and Scruggs thing. He was a way ahead of the rest of us.

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      • Phil Strawn
        October 11, 2021

        In the early 60s, Andy Griffith had a group of bluegrass picking hillbillies on his show. The group on the show was called “The Darlings,” but in real life they were a brother act called “The Dillards.” Give them a listen, they were the first group to blend BG with harmonies similar to The Fabs and others.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 11, 2021

        I know the Dillards. Once I went down the rabbit hole I ate up so much. Didnt know the Griffith angle. I was more a Beverly Hillbilly guy. Earl and Lester fighting over Cousin Pearl. “Pearl. Pearl, Pearl, dont give your love to Earl”

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      • Phil Strawn
        October 12, 2021

        I was also a Beverly Hillbilly fan and remember them on the show. Andy Griffith was actually a darn good singer and picker and always played with The Darlings when they were on the show. The Dillards are still around and playing with the last two remaining members.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 12, 2021

        I knew that Andy could play and sing. Didnt he do a Kazan film where he played that type of character?

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      • Phil Strawn
        October 12, 2021

        Not sure about the movie with him singing, I saw him perform on the old Tonight show with Jimmy Dean, the sausage singer.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 12, 2021

        ‘A Face In The Crowd’

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  6. keepsmealive
    October 11, 2021

    Ain’t gotta step outside my listening box to know and love this one!

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  7. greenpete58
    October 11, 2021

    Bluegrass is gigantic here, CB (southern Ohio). Lotsa small combos that seem to crawl out of the woodwork, and like John Sebastian sang, they sound like they’ve “been playin’ since they’s babies.” Like other roots music, I like it for a nice change of pace, especially live.

    And anything that Tony Rice is involved in has to be good!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 11, 2021

      Great comment Pete. No pretenders in this class of musician. I have some Rice and Garcia. Tony is all over my record pile. Good stuff fella,

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  8. observationblogger
    October 12, 2021

    Hey CB, thoroughly enjoyed. Great harmonies and banjo indeed. I will add it to my collection. Thanks for shedding light on it.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 12, 2021

      Very cool Matt. So much of that good stuff out there. J.D. Crowe is an awesome banjo picker.

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      • observationblogger
        October 12, 2021

        I don’t hear much of the Banjo. I’m definitely adding this track to my collection.
        There’s plenty of Banjo in Coen bros ‘O Brother, where Art Thou’ if I remember correctly.
        It’s a bit like the Accordian music. I like it in on the odd occasion.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 12, 2021

        Crowe is throughout the record. He’s amazing. If you look at the bios on these guys they have been around for years and played with so many people that I think you would know and like. The Coen film caused a resurgence of interest in this music. A album that I listen to a lot is ‘The Mountain’ Steve Earl and the Del McCoury band. Fantastic. I think you’d like it.

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      • observationblogger
        October 12, 2021

        Yes, you mentioned in your article about those things. They are the real deal as far as Banjo-players go. They are like the American hillbilly equivalent of the Irish celtic Furey Brothers. I’ll check out the Mountain sometime. Thanks CB.

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  9. 1537
    October 12, 2021

    I like the sound of this a lot. I love the energy in bluegrass music.

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  10. 1dancequeendq
    October 15, 2021

    I’ll have to step out of my box!

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  11. badfinger20 (Max)
    October 17, 2021

    We have talked about real music…this is it! I really like this music and I played it a few times. It’s hard as hell…these bluegrass cats are great at what they do. I started to really like it after hearing it as a kid on Andy Griffith of all things…plus where I live…there are a lot of great players.
    This music takes me back to early mornings with my dad…I can even smell the coffee brewing.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 17, 2021

      Very cool on the memories. I love this stuff Max. Phil in the comments talked about the Andy Griffith thing.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        October 17, 2021

        The Dillards…pretty cool stuff. I even liked some of Steve Martin’s bluegrass stuff.

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