Best Loved Bluegrass: 20 All-Time Favorites

Best Loved Bluegrass: 20 All-Time Favorites


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Best Loved Bluegrass is a 20-song collection of bluegrass songs and instrumentals from well-known and nearly forgotten pickers of the '60s and '70s. And while Keith Whitely may be better remembered today as a country singer, and the Boys from Indiana as a long-disbanded group, all of these musicians were "players" in their time. The selections include traditional material like Ted Lundy & the Southern Mountain Boys' "Poor Ellen Smith," more progressive cuts like the Seldom Scene's "Darling Corey," old-time-flavored cuts by Ralph Stanley and the Stanley Brothers, and early rustic cuts by Del McCoury ("The White House Blues," about President McKinley's assassination, is excellent). There's a lot of good music on Best Loved Bluegrass, though the liner notes offer little information on the origins of the recordings. In this sense, this collection of odds and ends seems to offer no more than a casual collection for a casual fan. The difference, however, is that the Rebel label was on the forefront of the bluegrass scene during the '60s and '70s. For anyone who fondly remembers the early work of Larry Sparks, the Country Gentlemen, and the Seldom Scene, Best Loved Bluegrass is a high-quality collection for hardcore bluegrass fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/2008
Label: Rebel Records
UPC: 0032511800428
catalogNumber: 8004
Rank: 17486


  1. Nine Pound Hammer
  2. John Henry
  3. Bringing Mary Home
  4. Wabash Cannonball
  5. White House Blues
  6. Footprints in the Snow
  7. Atlanta Is Burning
  8. Fireball Mail
  9. Fox on the Run
  10. Poor Ellen Smith
  11. Love of the Mountains
  12. Darling Corey
  13. Little Glass of Wine
  14. Train 45
  15. Little Rosewood Casket
  16. Pig in a Pen
  17. Dream of a Miner's Child
  18. Down in the Willow Garden
  19. Roving Gambler
  20. Lonesome Road Blues

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