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Old & In the Gray


  • 1. Gold Old Boys
    2. Pancho and Lefty
    3. Meadow Green
    4. Flood, The
    5. When the Springtime Comes Again
    6. Barefoot Nellie
    7. Childish Love
    8. Victim to the Tomb
    9. Vassar's Fiddle Rag
    10. Two Little Boys
    11. On the Old Kentucky Shore
    12. Honky Tonk Women
    13. Let Those Brown Eyes Smile at Me
    14. Rainmaker
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 51

  • Credits
    ProducerDavid Grisman
    EngineerLarry Cumings

    Old & In The Way: Peter Rowan (vocals, guitar); Herb Petersen (vocals, banjo); David Grisman (vocals, mandolin); Vassar Clements (vocals, fiddle); Brynn Bright (bass).
    Personnel: Peter Rowan (vocals, guitar); Herb Pedersen (vocals, banjo); David Grisman (vocals, mandolin); Vassar Clements (bass voice, fiddle).
    Audio Mixer: Larry Cummings.
    Recording information: Dawg Studios.
    Photographer: Jon Sievert.
    This follow-up to earlier recordings by Old & In the Way reunites mandolinist David Grisman with guitarist Peter Rowan and fiddler Vassar Clements (with Herb Pedersen replacing the late Jerry Garcia on banjo and guitar and Bryn Bright playing bass in place of the late John Kahn); the new group was renamed Old & In the Gray. The music stretches boundaries as much as the earlier band, with a mix of vintage bluegrass and country classics such as Ira Louvin's "Childish Love" and Bill Monroe's "On the Old Kentucky Shore," along with more modern pieces like John Hartford's "Good Old Boys," Townes Van Zandt's "Pancho and Lefty," and Rowan's "Rainmaker." An unusually brisk rendition of the Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women" adds a degree of freshness to a now decades-old song, but the highlight of the session is easily the hilarious "Barefoot Nellie," though both have terrific solos. It's obvious that the musicians had a lot of fun trading vocals and instrumental licks as well as harmonizing throughout the date; the brilliant cover art by Ivan Artucovich (with terrific caricatures of the players) is a nice additional touch to a very rewarding CD. ~ Ken Dryden

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