“Intuitive cooperation is what makes Nickel Creek so special. It’s in the way Thile’s mandolin runs launch or follow Watkins’ fiddle parts in instrumentals like ‘Elsie,’ and in the band’s harmonies, which breathe in sync the way family harmonies so often do. It’s remarkable, showing how three distinct voices can come together in the service [...]
Category Archive for 'Bluegrass'
“[W]hen you’re talking about one of the very best bluegrass groups working in the 21st Century, just playing a set of good songs can add up to something pretty special….The Streets of Baltimore certainly confirms that this group is as good as contemporary bluegrass gets, and this music delivers a healthy dose of soul, passion, [...]
“Jackson’s foray into bluegrass seems easy and natural, as if he’d been playing it all along. Contemporary country stations might not play it, but Jackson is unconcerned. He’s earned the right to drop out of the rat race and do whatever he wants to do, and for now, that means bluegrass.” –All Music Guide. Check [...]
“Civil War: Songs of the North collects 15 Union-centric instrumental ballads like ‘Weeping Sad and Lonely/When This Cruel War Is Over,’ ‘When Johnny Comes Marching Home,’ and ‘The Battle Cry of Freedom,’ all of which are impeccably performed by Nashville-based multi-instrumentalist Craig Duncan and a small army of talented session musicians.” –All Music Guide Check [...]
“This is traditional American music, not just a bluegrass session. It’s a combination of tradition and eclecticism, which has become the signature sound for the all-female band who refuse to be pigeonholed.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog
“Martin and Brickell are no accidental tourists. This is a sweet-sounding album with subtle depths, not really bluegrass, but a precisely gentle folk album that grows more graceful and revealing with each listen.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog
“It’s a remarkably wide range and it’s effortlessly eclectic, with the Dixie Chicks bringing it all together with their attitude and understated musicality — as debuts go (and this does count as a debut), they rarely get better than this.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog
“When Kathy Mattea made a hard roots turn on 2008′s Coal, a heartfelt examination in classic mining songs of the hard, often dangerous life of coal miners, it sounded like she’d been singing them all her life. On Calling Me Home, Mattea delivers a second album of material that has its origins in coal country [...]
“Vince Gill received one of the greatest gifts of his professional life when he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011. One listen to Guitar Slinger, his first record in five years, makes it easy to comprehend why: he has carried the genre forward to embrace the rest of popular music [...]
“Union Station’s arrangements, immaculate and drumless, hint at old-timey roots without a glimmer of purism, and they never sugarcoat the sorrow.” –The New York Times Check Our Catalog
““City of Refuge’’ couches Washburn’s virtuosity — both as a singer and picker — in a contemporary context that’s equal parts indie folk, atmospheric twang, and rootsy pop… Washburn ended up making a modern classic, a folk album for people who claim they don’t like a such thing.” –The Boston Globe Check Our Catalog
“Some of the songs are comedic: the hilarious faux-gospel harmony number “Atheists Don’t Have No Songs” is an album highlight despite its lack of an interesting melody, and “Women Like to Slow Dance” is both a wry reflection on gender differences and a straight-up bluegrass barnburner. “Jubilation Day” is one of the funnier kiss-off songs [...]
Check Our Catalog “There’s a quiet elegance and an undeniable timelessness embedded in the ten songs that comprise When the Last Morning Glory Blooms, as if Peter Ostroushko didn’t so much write them as discover them, lying around undisturbed for a hundred years, on yellowed sheet music atop a forgotten parlor piano in some dusty [...]
Check Our Catalog Boogie with Boston Road, a bluegrass band that plays a lively mix of rhythm & groove music from traditional to new-timey bluegrass, at a live performance recorded at the Thomas Crane Public Library on July 13, 2008 by Quincy Access Television.
Check Our Catalog “Seventeen years old and already turning the heads of critics, producers, and session musicians alike, Sarah Jarosz is not only a jaw-dropping talent but a multidimensional one, as well.
Check Our Catalog “With her band Nickel Creek on “indefinite hiatus,” singer and fiddle player Sara Watkins makes her solo debut with a recording that gives a good sense of her hybrid musical heritage, combining traditional country elements with singer/songwriter pop.”–All Music Guide
Check Our Catalog “Everyone knows that Martin can be very funny, but The Crow isn’t a joke. It’s a first-class banjo album.”–All Music Guide
Check Our Catalog “Features 17 non-instrumental cuts from the pioneering progressive bluegrass/new acoustic guitarist, and as a companion piece to Rounder’s 58957: The Bluegrass Guitar Collection, it’s a gem.”–All Music Guide
Check Our Catalog “Saying that Charlie Haden’s Rambling Boy is a personal album is an understatement. In essence, this album is a tribute to his mother and father whose own vocal group — made up of Haden and his siblings — performed on radio programs in both Shenandoah, IA and Springfield, MO, where they hosted [...]