Classic Bluegrass, Vol. 2

Classic Bluegrass, Vol. 2


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When Moses Asch released American Banjo (which focused on the influence of Earl Scruggs' innovative three-finger banjo playing technique) in 1956 on his little independent Folkways label, it was the first ever full-length bluegrass LP. Asch followed it up with dozens more, and when Folkways became part of Smithsonian Recordings in 1987, Asch's bluegrass catalog was assured a quality label that would keep everything in print. The bluegrass music Asch released in the 1950s was a new hybrid driven by propulsive banjos and wailing fiddles, with astounding high, lonesome vocal harmonies, part string band, part gospel-spiritual, with more than a little of the blues to keep it grounded. Among the many highlights on this delightful set (the second bluegrass sampler the label has issued) are Fred Price, Clint Howard, and Doc Watson's three-part mountain harmonies on the spiritual "Daniel Prayed"; the more old-timey than bluegrass "Won't You Come and Sing for Me?" by Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard; "I've Endured" by the late, great Ola Belle Reed, and the driving "Renegade" by Bob Everhart, which carries more than a bit of country in its DNA. Also worth noting are John Hartford's rhythmic fiddle plucking (which makes the fiddle sound a bit like a wayward ukulele) on "Miss Ferris," and Doc Watson's world-class flat picking guitar on "Sitting on Top of the World," a version of the old Mississippi Sheiks 78. There's a lot of soul in these tracks, and bluegrass has never sounded brighter or fresher than it did when Asch first took a chance on it some 50 years ago.

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/28/2005
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074016329
catalogNumber: 40163
Rank: 81226


  1. Blue Grass Breakdown
  2. Roving Gambler
  3. Daniel Prayed
  4. Fourteen-Carat Mind
  5. Won't You Come and Sing for Me?
  6. Rocky Run
  7. The Girl Behind the Bar
  8. Ain't Nobody Gonna Miss Me
  9. Are You Afraid to Die?
  10. Walls of Time
  11. Back Up and Push
  12. I've Endured
  13. Carolina in the Pines
  14. Jesse James
  15. Two Orphans
  16. China Grove, My Home Town
  17. Bluegrass Spectacular
  18. Stoney Creek
  19. Little Maggie
  20. Miss Ferris
  21. Foggy Mountain Top
  22. Sinner, You Better Get Ready
  23. Sitting on Top of the World
  24. Renegade
  25. Possum Holler
  26. Red Wing
  27. I'll Take the Blame
  28. Watson's Blues

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddie Adcock   Banjo,Vocals
Joe Miller   Guitar,Vocals
Bill Monroe   Mandolin,Vocals
Peter Rowan   Guitar,Vocals
Marty Stuart   Mandolin
John Hartford   Fiddle,Vocals
Frank Wakefield   Mandolin,Vocals
Doc Watson   Guitar,Vocals
Hazel Dickens   Bass,Vocals
Mike Seeger   Bass,Guitar,Mandolin
Jerry Butler   Mandolin
Dave Clark Five   Guitar,Vocals
Rex Allen   Guitar,Vocals
Eric Weissberg   Banjo
Don Stover   Banjo,Vocals
Kevin Roth   Guitar
Clint Howard   Vocals
Ola Belle Reed   Banjo,Vocals
Bill Emerson   Banjo
Harley Allen   Guitar,Vocals
Jim Cox   Bass,Vocals
Tom Gray   Guitar
Clarence Green   Mandolin
Lamar Grier   Banjo
David Grisman   Mandolin,Vocals
Smiley Hobbs   Fiddle
Sam Porky Hutchins   Guitar,Vocals
Pete Kuykendall   Banjo,Vocals
Everett Lilly   Mandolin,Vocals
McCanless   Guitar
Carl Nelson   Fiddle
Larry Richardson   Banjo
Ralph Rinzler   Guitar
Curly Seckler   Guitar,Vocals
Tommy Thompson   Vocals
Tom Morgan   Bass
Charlie Waller   Guitar,Vocals
Jim Watson   Mandolin,Vocals
Gene Wooten   Dobro
John Duffey   Mandolin,Vocals
David Johnson   Banjo
Bea Lilly   Guitar,Vocals
Sonny Miller   Fiddle
Earl Taylor   Mandolin,Vocals
Fred Price   Vocals
Chubby Anthony   Fiddle,Vocals
Kenny Haddock   Dobro
Walter Hensley   Banjo,Vocals
Mike Lilly   Banjo,Vocals
Steve Thomas   Fiddle
Tom Carter   Bass
Kenny Ingram   Banjo,Vocals
Blake Williams   Banjo
Pete Corum   Bass
Bill and Libby Hicks   Fiddle
James "Jimmy" Atkins   Bass
Tater Tate   Fiddle
Fred Weisz   Vocals
Scott Adams   Mandolin
Billy Baker   Fiddle
Bill Price   Guitar,Vocals
Steve Bryant   Bass
Bob Everhart   Guitar,Vocals
Charles Adkins   Bass
J. Y. Gray   Bass
Lawrence Humphries   Guitar,Vocals
Billie Ray Johnson   Guitar
Vernon "Boatwhistle" McIntyre   Bass
Bill Ober   Mandolin
Elmer Pegdon   Bass
Jim Phinney   Bass
Warren Pinnix   Track Performer
Harry Shaffer   Banjo
Willis Spears   Guitar,Vocals
Newman Young   Mandolin

Technical Credits

Peter Rowan   Composer
John Hartford   Composer
Michael Martin Murphey   Composer
Hazel Dickens   Composer
Ola Belle Reed   Composer
Walter Vinson   Composer
Lonnie Chatmon   Composer
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Eddie Hill   Composer
Randall Hylton   Composer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Jeff Place   Producer,Liner Notes,Annotation
Carter Stanley   Composer
Larry Michael Lee   Composer
Lee Michael Demsey   Producer,Annotation
Kerry Mills   Composer
Thurland Chattaway   Composer
Jerry Stuart   Composer

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