The Banjo Album [2004 Bonus Tracks]

The Banjo Album [2004 Bonus Tracks]

by Doug Dillard

CD

Overview

The Banjo Album is first and foremost an album of traditional bluegrass played by musicians firmly rooted in the work of pioneers like Flatt & Scruggs, the Stanley Brothers, and Bill Monroe. These same musicians, however, are all top-notch, second-generation players influenced by the rock scene. Consequently, Doug Dillard and crew manage to breathe genuine new life into many standards without sacrificing the integrity of the originals. In fact, the musicians not only play ferociously, but often completely reinterpret the old chestnuts, occasionally making them sound even better. In many cases, Dillard employs droning harmonic tonalities characteristic of Indian music and Indian-influenced psychedelic rock guitar. The record also features atypical bluegrass instruments such as harpsichord, harmonica, drums, dembek, and tablas. Rather than coming off as gimmicky, though, the use of exotic instrumentation serves to add exciting new textures and moods to music which, during this pre-"newgrass" period, rarely deviated from very strict stylistic guidelines. Plus, nearly every performance here is simply an all-out jam, with Dillard playing particularly explosively. Special mention should be made of his fantastic version of "Clinch Mountain Backstep," which shows a confidence, boldness and energy that rivals even the definitive version by Clarence White's Kentucky Colonels. [Rural Rhythm Records issued an expanded edition in 2004 that includes five additional tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/08/2004
Label: Rural Rhythm
UPC: 0732351102224
catalogNumber: 1022

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Doug Dillard   Primary Artist,Banjo
John Hartford   Fiddle
Red Mitchell   Bass
Rick Cunha   Guitar
Don Beck   Dobro
Byron Berline   Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin
Roger Bush   Bass
Vassar Clements   Fiddle
Milt Holland   Percussion
Billy Ray Latham   Rhythm Guitar
Bernie Leadon   Guitar
David P. Jackson   Bass

Technical Credits

Eddie Adcock   Composer
Doug Dillard   Composer
Earl Scruggs   Composer
Ralph Stanley   Composer
Don Reno   Composer
Byron Berline   Composer
John Delgato   Executive Producer
Jim Dickson   Audio Production
Carter Stanley   Composer
Emmett Adams   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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