CD Night Flyer: The Singer Songwriter Collection (CD 1315171), Audio Other
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Night Flyer: The Singer Songwriter Collection

  • 1. Never Meant To Be [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)
    2. Urge For Going
    3. Me And My Guitar
    4. St. James Hospital
    5. John Wilkes Booth
    6. Four Strong Winds
    7. Night Flyer
    8. He Rode All The Way To Texas
    9. About Love [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)
    10. Changes
    11. Sweetheart Like You
    12. Green Light On The Southern
    13. Hard Love
    14. Why You Been Gone So Long
    15. Wayfaring Stranger
    16. Likes Of Me
    17. Pony [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1619

  • Credits

    Personnel: Tony Rice (vocals, guitar); Jerry Douglas (dobro); Cole Burgess (soprano saxophone); John Carroll (piano); Mark Schatz (acoustic bass).
    Night Flyer: The Singer Songwriter Collection features 17 non-instrumental cuts from the pioneering progressive bluegrass/new acoustic guitarist, and as a companion piece to Rounder's 58957: The Bluegrass Guitar Collection, it's a gem. Unlike fellow six-string genius Leo Kottke, Tony Rice actually possesses a decent voice, and though it never reaches the rich, emotional resonance of Gordon Lightfoot (a huge influence), it transcends its natural mediocrity with honest and clarity. Culled from half a dozen or so of his mid-'80s to late-'90s records, the songs are primarily covers of the folk and country variety from artists like Joni Mitchell ("Urge for Going"), Phil Ochs ("Changes"), Mickey Newbury ("Why You Been Gone So Long"), and James Taylor ("Me and My Guitar"), but Rice kicks off the collection with a brand-new, bitter, self-penned bluegrass cooker called "Never Meant to Be." There's a nice piano and vocal version of Tom Waits' "Pony," the second of three previously unreleased cuts, which also include brother Larry Rice's "About Love," a track proving that saxophone solos and good old country waltzes should sleep in separate beds. Throughout it all, Rice shares the load with a who's who of acoustic legends like Jerry Douglas, Bla Fleck, Sam Bush, Vassar Clements, and more, but it's his effortless musicianship and oddly charismatic delivery that make these "sung" songs difficult to write off, even when comparing them to his phenomenal instrumental work. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (pp.56-57) - "Accompanied by stellar players Sam Bush, Vassar Clements, Jerry Douglas, and his brother, Wyatt Rice, Tony Rice uses each song as a springboard for his masterful soloing."
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  • Genre: Audio Other
  • Studio/Live: TODO
  • UPC: 011661161924
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