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World's Greatest Bluegrass Banjos

  • 1. Foggy Mountain Breakdown - Vic Jordan/Benny Martin/Vic Jordon
    2. Drive Time - Nashville Grass/Blake Williams
    3. Darling Corey - Don Parmley/The Bluegrass Cardinals
    4. Limehouse Blues - Eddie Adcock
    5. Banjos Going Home - Osborne Brothers/Sonny Osborne
    6. Feudin' Banjos - Don Reno
    7. Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms - Kenny Ingram/Lester Flatt/Nashville Grass
    8. Grass Country - Wynn Osborne
    9. Down That Lonesome Highway - Don Reno
    10. Old Rattler - Grandpa Jones & Ramona
    11. Memphis Five String - Don Reno/Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith/Arthur Smith
    12. Bile 'Em Cabbage Down - Heights of Grass/Richard Ward
    13. Cluck Ol' Hen - Mark Jones/Ramona Jones
    14. Soldier's Joy - Eddie Mueller/The Stonemans
    15. Tequila - Wynn Osborne
    16. I Want to Hold Your Hand - Mike Toppins/Nashville Superpickers
    17. Maryville Breakdown - Pinnacle Boys/Larry Mathis
    18. Buck Creek - Larry Beasley/Carl Story
    19. Pretty Red Wing - Don Parmley/The Bluegrass Cardinals
    20. Farewell Blues - Wynn Osborne
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8417

  • Credits

    Personnel: Don Parmley, Eddie Mueller, Kenny Ingram, Larry Beasley, Mike Toppins, Richard Ward, Sonny Osborne, Vic Jordan, Mark Anthony Jones (banjo).
    Photographer: Woody Woodward.
    Arranger: M. Christian.
    When CMH named this collection, they decided to go for broke. Their collection wouldn't just include the best banjo picking from eastern Virginia, or the South, or even the entire United States. Instead, it would be World's Greatest Bluegrass Banjos. To back up their assertion, CMH brought together recordings by banjoists like Vic Jordon, Sonny Osborne, and Grandpa Jones. There's a nifty version of "Limehouse Blues" by Eddie Addock that even includes some nifty guitar and a bouncy take on "Dueling Banjos" by Don Reno. Lester Flatt & the Nashville Grass deliver a charged-up rendition of "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms" with the help of Kenny Ingram's speedy banjo technique, while Arthur Smith and Don Reno cut loose on a funky piece titled "Memphis Five String," which sounds a little like a mountaineer's version of "Memphis." While World's Greatest Bluegrass Banjos sells itself on the strength of its five-string material, many of these pieces leave room for fiddle, mandolin, and guitar solos, sweetening the package. A number of these songs/instrumentals, like "Soldier's Joy," will be familiar, but there are also pleasant surprises like a banjo-infused "Tequila." For the banjo fanatic and casual bluegrass fan, this collection offers 45 minutes of fancy picking. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

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