Master guitarist Jorma Kaukonen is a great American musicologist and a passionate roots musician and preservationist. Blue Country Heart, Kaukonen's debut recording for Columbia Records, is an impressive survey of rural blues and bluegrass songs from the 1920s and '30s, written by such tunesmiths as Slim Smith, the Delmore Brothers, Jimmie Rodgers, and Jimmy "The Singing Governor" Davis. The legendary lead guitarist of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna tapped an all-star cast of country music veterans including mandolinist Sam Bush, dobro player Jerry Douglas, and banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck for this delightful, all-acoustic collection, recorded in Nashville during one very productive week this past spring. Kaukonen and friends have a ball digging into the Jimmie Rodgers classics "Waitin' for a Train," "These Gambler's Blues," and "Me and My Old Guitar," and sound positively galvanized on such perfectly-tailored Americana as "Blue Railroad Train," "Just Because," "Tom Cat Blues," and "Blues Stay Away from Me." Particularly moving is Kaukonen's elegiac vocal on Washington Phillips' wistful "What Are They Doing in Heaven Today." Four decades into a productive and varied career, this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer continues to refine his astonishing technique and enthusiastically share new musical insights with his legion of fans. Blue Country Heart is another milestone from a remarkably fertile and original musician.
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Performance CreditsJorma Kaukonen Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Jerry Douglas Dobro,Weissenborn
Sam Bush Fiddle,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Béla Fleck Banjo
Byron House Bass,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsJorma Kaukonen Liner Notes
Jelly Roll Morton Composer
Yves Beauvais Producer
Mary Chapin Carpenter Composer
Henry Glover Composer
Roger Moutenot Producer,Engineer
Wayne Raney Composer
Alton Delmore Composer
Rabon Delmore Composer
David Bett Art Direction
Charles Albert Tindley Composer
Tracy Martinson Engineer
Lou Herscher Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Blue Country Heart based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This recording is indispensable; tasty, spirited, and faithful to the music that inspired it.
I'm only an average blues fan, but the 4 songs I've heard so far have been outstanding. I'll be buying this CD next time I am at the music store.