Rattle & Roar

Rattle & Roar

by The Earls of Leicester


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The notion of a handful of the best pickers in bluegrass paying homage to one of the music's most innovative and influential acts is inarguably appealing. And with their first album, the Earls of Leicester, the all-star Flatt & Scruggs tribute act assembled by Dobro master Jerry Douglas, demonstrated the great possibilities of such a concept. But they also revealed its Achilles' heel: their loving re-creation of Flatt & Scruggs' classic sides served as a powerful reminder of the strength of the originals without adding anything that couldn't be found in the old 78s, besides improved fidelity. Douglas and his bandmates haven't solved this dilemma on their second album, 2016's Rattle & Roar, but they have managed to use some subtle studio technique to give this session a more distinct personality than was displayed on the debut. As anyone would expect, the performances on Rattle & Roar are splendid, and the musicians -- Douglas, Johnny Warren on fiddle, Charlie Cushman on banjo, Shawn Camp on guitar and lead vocals, Jeff White on mandolin (replacing Tim O'Brien from the first album), and Barry Bales on upright bass -- sound even tighter and more joyously emphatic than they did before. (The harmonies are every bit as good, too.) While the production is unobtrusive, the audio is crisp, and the natural-sounding stereo makes the most of the group's dynamics. And bits like the radio-sweep introduction to "Steel Guitar Blues" brings a modern aspect to the project that doesn't interfere with the authenticity of the musical approach. Rattle & Roar isn't especially different from The Earls of Leicester, but two years of playing together and a bit more care in the studio have made a difference. This is a stronger set than their debut, and will appeal to anyone who loves classic bluegrass.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/15/2016
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0888072000544
catalogNumber: 610000
Rank: 40437

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Earls of Leicester   Primary Artist
Jerry Douglas   Dobro,Vocals,Group Member
Barry Bales   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Shawn Camp   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Jeff White   Mandolin,Vocals,Group Member
Charlie Cushman   Banjo,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Group Member
Dan Auerbach   Snare Drums
Johnny Warren   Fiddle,Bass (Vocal),Group Member

Technical Credits

Jerry Douglas   Producer
Lester Flatt   Composer
Bill Monroe   Composer
Earl Scruggs   Composer
Roy Acuff   Composer
Onie Wheeler   Composer
David Ferguson   Engineer
Thomas Goldsmith   Liner Notes
Frank Hutchison   Composer
Marijohn Wilkin   Composer
Alton Delmore   Composer
Hal Willis   Composer
Gladys Stacey   Composer
Ginger Willis   Composer
Vernon Claud   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Tony Lee   Composer
Arthur Leroy Smith   Composer
Lance Guynes   Composer
Videt Polk   Composer
Dennis Bassham   Composer

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