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Friday Night in America [Remaster]

  • 1. Friday Night in America
    2. You Plant Your Fields
    3. Let's Make a Baby King
    4. Do What You Gotta Do
    5. Let Me Be Your Man
    6. Lila
    7. Callin' Baton Rouge
    8. Whatever Way the Wind Blows
    9. Big Foot
    10. Angel Eyes
    11. I'm Down
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1989

  • Credits
    ProducerGarth Fundis; Wendy Waldman

    New Grass Revival includes: Pat Flynn (vocals, guitar); Sam Bush (vocals, mandolin, fiddle); John Cowan (vocals, bass); Bela Fleck (banjo, synthesizer).
    Additional personnel includes: Wendy Waldman, Sam Clayton (background vocals).
    Engineers include: Dennis Ritchie, Gary Laney, Dave Sinko.
    Recorded at Sound Emporium Studios, Nashville, Tennessee.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    Personnel: Pat Flynn (vocals, guitar); Bla Fleck (vocals, banjo); John Cowan (vocals, bass guitar); Sam Bush (mandolin, fiddle); Dennis Ritchie (recorder); Eddie Bayers, Bob Mater (drums); Tom Roady, Sam Bacco (percussion); Garth Fundis, Sam Clayton, Wendy Waldman (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Dennis Ritchie.
    Recording information: Sound Emporium, Nashville, TN.
    Photographers: Caroline Greyshock; Mark Tucker .
    On what would turn out to be New Grass Revival's final album, Friday Night in America, the band advanced their sound beyond their own previous pioneering. Their genre-busting brand of rocked-out progressive bluegrass is at its most rockin' -- almost bordering on hair metal with banjos. John Cowan's emotive vocals soar above the delicate picking of Bela Fleck's banjo and the occasional electronic drums or fretless bass. From this point, it is easy to see how effortlessly Fleck slipped into the prog jazz-grass of his Flecktones, particularly on the epic jam "Big Foot." Similarly, this jazzy noodling may be precisely why Sam Bush left the group for the earthier tones of Emmylou Harris' Nash Ramblers. Aside from the "historical document" element of the album, there are some fine moments, particularly the hits "Callin' Baton Rouge" and "You Plant Your Fields." While songs like "Angel Eyes" sound almost like the members of Mr. Big couldn't find their guitars so they picked up mandolins and fiddles, fans of contemporary country and tight instrumentation will want to pick this up. ~ Zac Johnson

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