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Pickin' on Widespread Panic: A Bluegrass Tribute

  • 1. Travelin' Light
    2. Take Out, The
    3. Fishwater
    4. Blue Indian
    5. Wondering
    6. Coconut
    7. Surprise Valley
    8. Waker, The
    9. Driving Song
    10. All Time Low
    11. Porch Song
    12. Walkin' (For Your Love)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8601

  • Credits
    ProducerPaul Diaz; Kenny Blackwell; Randy Hunter; Rollin' In The Hay; Billy Hume
    EngineerRandy Hunter; Robert Hannon

    Full title: Pickin' On Widespread Panic: A Bluegrass Tribute.
    Personnel: Kenny Blackwell (guitar, mandolin); Barry Waldrep (acoustic guitar, dobro, banjo, mandolin); Rick Carter (acoustic guitar); Dennis "Cannonball" Caplinger (dobro, banjo, fiddle); Bill McKinley (banjo); Bobby Miller (mandolin); David Blackmon (fiddle); Stan Foster, Bill Bryson (electric bass).
    Audio Mixers: Kenny Blackwell; Andrew Bush; Randy Hunter.
    Recording information: Birmingham, AL; Grandma's Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA; Tree Sound Studios, Atlanta, GA.
    CMH has released a number of albums that give fans of the Grateful Dead, David Grisman, and a number of others an entirely new way to enjoy their favorite bands. Pickin' on Widespread Panic bursts out of the stalls with "Travelin' Light," an up-tempo romp with incredible guitar work by Brian Hillmann. Keeping within the jam band tradition, this instrumental unfolds for over six minutes, letting everyone -- fiddler, mandolinist, and banjo player -- have a piece of the action. Drummer Jenny Nixon, percussionist Chris Larson, and bassist John Marsh propel tunes like "Blue Indian" and "All Time Low" forward, making sure this music always has an unyielding foundation. Kenny Blackwell's mandolin kickoff on "Coconut," followed by a sassy violin lead by David Blackmon, hurls the piece into motion. Tracks like "The Take Out" and "Porch Song" are spiced up by dobroist Barry Waldrep. Pickin' on Widespread Panic utilizes three different bands to perform these songs, and this approach -- putting musicians together who are used to playing with one another -- works well. Widespread Panic fans will gladly find a spot for this mostly acoustic set among their extensive bootleg collections. Bluegrass fans, if they're the progressive sort, will find proper storage for Pickin' on Widespread Panic somewhere between their David Grisman and Vassar Clements CDs. With this tribute, everyone wins. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford Jr.

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