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True Bluegrass


  • 1. Leavin' - Tasty Licks
    2. Dark Is the Night - Boone Creek
    3. Old Swinging Bridge, The - Ted Lundy & The Southern Mountain Boys
    4. I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling - Joe Val & The New England Bluegrass Boys
    5. Sally Goodin - Butch Robins
    6. Cabin on a Mountain - Vern Williams Band
    7. Lorene - The Bluegrass Cardinals
    8. I'm Leaving Detroit - Bob Paisley & the Southern Grass
    9. To Hell With the Land - Phyllis Boyens
    10. Sleepy-Eyed John - Frank Wakefield
    11. Letters Have No Arms - Al Jones/Frank Necessary & The Spruce Mountain Boys
    12. This World's No Place to Live in (But It's Home) - Buzz Busby/Leon Morris
    13. Home Is Where the Heart Is - Connie & Babe
    14. Will the Roses Bloom Again? - East Virginia
    15. Montana Cowboy - Hazel/Alice
    16. Banjo Bounce - Allen Shelton
    17. Midnight on the Stormy Deep - Tony Rice
    18. God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign - The Lilly Brothers (previously unreleased)
    19. Who Done It? - Allen Brothers
    20. Heaven - The Bailey Brothers/The Happy Valley Boys
    21. Crying Holy - J.D. Crowe & the New South
    22. Orange Blossom Special - Blaine Sprouse
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 611 615

  • Credits
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    TRUE BLUEGRASS was originally released in 1987 as ROUNDER BLUEGRASS VOL. 1, and then in 2001 as DARK IS THE NIGHT.
    Includes liner notes by Rainer Maria Rilke.
    Like its companion volume (Bluegrass Mountain Style), this compilation offers 22 tracks of classic bluegrass culled from the enviably deep Rounder catalog, but unlike the other album, this one focuses mainly on strictly traditional material and performances, with only a couple of departures into progressive territory. There are great contributions from Joe Val & the New England Bluegrass Boys, whose "I Hear a Sweet Voice Calling" remains one of the most thrilling of a long list of brilliant performances from the Bailey Brothers to the the Lilly Brothers, whose "God Gave the Noah the Rainbow Sign" is presented here in a previously unreleased version. In this context, the Bluegrass Cardinals' relatively slick "Lorene" and Allen Shelton's rockabilly-flavored "Banjo Bounce" both sound a bit out of place, but not in a bad way. As with Bluegrass Mountain Style, this one should probably be sold at mid-price, but there's no arguing with the quality of the material. ~ Rick Anderson

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