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Strings and Things: The Best in Bluegrass, Vol. 1
1. Rambling Boy - The Del McCoury Band
2. I Feel Like Singing Today - Jim Lauderdale
3. Party on the Mountain - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
4. Far Side Banks of Jordan, The - June Carter Cash
5. Listen to the Shepherd - Ralph Stanley
6. You Pulled Me Out - The Greencards
7. Stern Old Bachelor - Joe Carter/Janette Carter
8. Sunny Side of Life, The - Nancy Blake/Norman Blake
9. Single Girl, Married Girl - Earl Scruggs/Randy Scruggs/Shawn Colvin
10. Will My Mother Know Me There? - Ricky Skaggs
11. Trail to Mexico - Don Edwards/Norman Blake/Peter Rowan/Tony Rice
12. Keep on the Sunny Side - June Carter Cash
13. She's Looking at Me - Jim Lauderdale/Ralph Stanley
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1208
Adapters: Don Edwards; Peter Rowan.
Personnel: Norman Blake (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, dobro, mandolin); Nancy Blake (vocals, guitar, mandolin); Don Edwards, Peter Rowan (vocals, guitar); Jeff Hanna (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, slide guitar, baritone guitar); Jimmy Ibbotson (vocals, acoustic guitar, mandola, mandolin, accordion); Del McCoury, Sharon White-Skaggs, Jim Lauderdale, Ricky Skaggs (vocals, acoustic guitar); Kym Warner (vocals, bouzouki, mandolin); James Price (vocals, mandolin, fiddle); Buck White (vocals, mandolin, piano); Eamon McLoughlin (vocals, fiddle, viola); Bob Carpenter (vocals, accordion, piano, electric piano); Cheryl White (vocals, acoustic bass); Johnny Cash (vocals, background vocals); Joe Carter, June Carter Cash, Ralph Stanley, Shawn Colvin, Carol Young (vocals); Ralph Stanley II (baritone, bass voice, guitar); John Rigsby (baritone, mandolin); Jack Cooke (baritone, bass guitar); Pat Flynn (guitar, resonator guitar); James Alan Shelton, Tony Rice (guitar); John McEuen (acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle); Marty Stuart (acoustic guitar, mandolin); Laura Cash (acoustic guitar, fiddle, background vocals); Earl Scruggs, Randy Scruggs, Rodney Crowell (acoustic guitar); Jerry Hensley (slide guitar, percussion); Robbie McCoury, Larry Perkins, Steve Sparkman (banjo); Ronnie McCoury (mandolin, background vocals); Billy Bright (mandolin); Jason Carter (fiddle); Jimmie Fadden (harmonica, drums); Mike Bub (acoustic bass); Dennis Crouch (upright bass); Rick Lonow (drums); Chuck Turner, John Carter Cash (percussion); Lorrie Carter Bennett, Tiffany A. Lowe, Carlene Carter (background vocals).
Arrangers: Don Edwards; Peter Rowan.
Vol. 1 in the Nashville-based Dualtone label's Strings and Things: The Best in Bluegrass series is both playful and reverent, collecting contemporary versions of bluegrass, gospel, and old-timey standards as played by some of the genre's finest practitioners. The unmistakable voice of Ralph Stanley lays out some hellfire and brimstone on the a cappella "Listen to the Shepherd," Norman and Nancy Blake implore listeners to keep on "The Sunny Side of Life," Joe and Janette Carter lend a mischievous wink to "Stern Old Bachelor," and June Carter Cash gets some help from her husband, Johnny, on an intimate take of "The Far Side Banks of Jordan" -- Shawn Colvin's lovely rendition of "Single Girl, Married Girl" is incorrectly listed at the number five slot on the CD jacket (it's actually number nine). Strings and Things isn't remarkable, but it's consistently listenable, proving once again the power of this oft-interpreted material, especially when filtered through the souls of such fine performers. ~ James Christopher Monger
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