Album Info

RELEASE
1990
LABEL
Rounder
GENRES
Country, Traditional Country, Bluegrass, Progressive Country, Traditional Folk, Gospel, Progressive Bluegrass, Neo-Traditionalist Country, Contemporary Folk, Traditional Bluegrass, Contemporary Country, Close Harmony, Contemporary Bluegrass, Country-Folk, New Traditionalist, Instrumental Country, Bluegrass-Gospel, Neo-Traditional Folk

Album Review

This compilation album reads like a who's-who of the progressive bluegrass/new acoustic music movement: pros like mandolinist David Grisman, guitarist Tony Rice, dobro player Jerry Douglas and a pre-Flecktones Bela Fleck are all represented, as well as the (very) young Alison Krauss and many, many others.
Though most of the guns are big, some of the album's best moments come from artists who were relative unknowns at the time of its release: the Whitstein Brothers offer a classic guitar-mandolin duo number in the pre-war style of the Blue Sky Boys; Krauss delivers two modern bluegrass gems in a voice as bright and pure as an icicle melting in the sun. The album's highlight, though, is the rendition of "Old Home Place" by J.D. Crowe and the New South. It's a chestnut, all right, but the combination of Crowe's driving banjo and the ringing, bittersweet blend of Tony Rice and Ricky Skaggs' voices will make your hair stand on end every time you hear it. This album belongs on every bluegrass fan's desert island list.
Rick Anderson, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Lost and I'll Never Find the Way
  2. I'll Love Nobody But You
  3. Let the Whole World Talk
  4. Love You in Vain
  5. Bitter Green
  6. Feast Here Tonight
  7. Old Devil's Dream
  8. What Was I Supposed to Do?
  9. Leather Britches
  10. Old Home Place
  11. Devil, Take the Farmer
  12. Mansion on the Hill
  13. Medley: Fiddler's Dream/Whiskey Before Breakfast
  14. This Old House
  15. Foolish Heart
  16. Whitewater
  17. Preachin', Prayin', Singin'
  18. Don't Worry
  19. John Henry
  20. I Ain't Broke (But I'm Badly Bent)
  21. Greenlight on the Southern
  22. No Hiding Place