Grass Roots: The Best of New Grass Revival

Grass Roots: The Best of New Grass Revival

by New Grass Revival

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Overview

Without the New Grass Revival, there would be no Alison Krauss + Union Station or Nickel Creek. From their founding in 1971 to their disbanding in 1989, New Grass Revival were always ahead of the game, building on the progressive sensibilities of veteran bluegrass popularizers such as Earl Scruggs and Jim & Jessie and taking the genre into relatively uncharted territory. Melding the ancient tones to rock, jazz, country, reggae, and gospel, they forged a link between the past and present as they hurtled toward the future. The journey began with founder and mandolinist/fiddler extraordinaire Sam Bush abetted by Courtney Johnson (banjo), Curtis Burch (guitar), and Harry Shelor (a.k.a. Ebo Walker, on bass); when Walker bowed out, he was eventually replaced by the formidable bassist/vocalist John Cowan; in its latter years, when Johnson and Burch hung it up, the lineup was bolstered by guitarist Pat Flynn and banjo visionary Béla Fleck. In all configurations, the New Grassers were fearless and eminently entertaining; this double-disc, 35-song career retrospective shows how and features seven previously unavailable live cuts (including three from the band's final show, on New Year's Eve, 1989) and three newly unearthed studio cuts. For an idea of this band's advanced sensibility, check out the shifting textures and instrumental dialogue of the dazzling toe-tapper "Spring Peepers." Or the banjo-fired, red-hot workout of the Beatles' "I'm Down." For a change of pace, consider the cool harmonies and the relaxed, stripped-down arrangement fueling Bob Marley's "One Love." And John Cowan's blue-eyed soul wailing on a propulsive treatment of "Ain't That Peculiar" would surely get Marvin Gaye's nod of approval. Truth be told, the time is still right for New Grass Revival. Come on back, fellas.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/2005
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724386342522
catalogNumber: 63425

Album Credits

Performance Credits

New Grass Revival   Primary Artist
Sam Bush   Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Violectra
Wendy Waldman   Vocal Harmony
Butch Robins   Banjo,Bass
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Curtis Burch   Dobro,Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Bob Carpenter   Accordion,Vocals
John Cowan   Bass,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Garth Fundis   Vocal Harmony
Jimmie Fadden   Drums
Béla Fleck   Banjo,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Pat Flynn   Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jeff Hanna   Guitar,Vocals
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Upright Bass
Jimmy Ibbotson   Vocals
Courtney Johnson   Banjo,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Kenny Malone   Percussion,Drums
Bob Mater   Drums
Tom Roady   Percussion
Randy Scruggs   Guitar
Ebo Walker   Bass,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Bill Kenner   Mandolin
Michael Clemm   Drums

Technical Credits

Sam Bush   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Tom Russell   Engineer
Edgar Meyer   Arranger,String Arrangements
Bob Marley   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Wendy Waldman   Producer,Audio Production
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Richard Adler   Engineer
Curtis Burch   Arranger
Chuck Cochran   Producer,Audio Production
John Cutler   Engineer
Garth Fundis   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Jack Hammer   Composer
Chris Hammond   Engineer
Jeff Hanna   Arranger
Jimmy Ibbotson   Arranger,Audio Production
Courtney Johnson   Arranger
Ron Reynolds   Engineer
Dennis Ritchie   Engineer
Randy Scruggs   Arranger,Producer
Bil VornDick   Engineer
Robert K. Oermann   Liner Notes
Diana Barnes   Art Direction
Guillaume Godet   Engineer
Traditional   Composer

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Grass Roots: The Best of New Grass Revival 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in the single disc best-of Capitol put out in the 90s. This 2CD set makes up for that collection's lapses. What surprised me was how well the pre-Fleck material matched up with the "classic" years. The band played all sorts of genres but still filtered them through a bluegrass sensibility. They sometimes added percussion but had so much energy that drums were not needed.Sam Bush's original vision was never lost. Although groups like County Cooking were also pioneers of the progressive sound, they were the Allman Brothers or Grateful Dead of bluegrass.