This Is Americana, Vol. 1: A View From Sugar Hill

This Is Americana, Vol. 1: A View From Sugar Hill



Compilations are sometimes accompanied by ambitious titles like "Bluegrass Today" or "The Roots of Country," as though one collection could encompass the birth or current state of an entire genre. Occasionally, however, an album like This Is Americana actually delivers the goods. Drawn from the talented group of artists recording for Sugar Hill -- including Rodney Crowell, Hot Rize, and John Cowan -- this generous collection brings together 15 songs and one instrumental. The music runs the gauntlet of the hard-to-nail-down Americana genre, from the acoustic sounds of Baucom, Bibey & Blueridge to the eclectic, electric hodgepodge of the Gourds. There are old standbys like Doc Watson and Doyle Lawson along with new faces like Railroad Earth and Sean Watkins. This Is Americana also serves as an excellent introduction to all of these artists. "Two Quarts Low" gives ample evidence that ex-New Grass Revival singer John Cowan still has one of the best voices on the progressive bluegrass scene, while "Out Here in the Middle" finds James McMurtry digging deep to offer sharp observations on life in America. Of course, no Sugar Hill collection would be complete with out an appearance by Jerry Douglas, a dobro player so prolific that one might be tempted to think that he sleeps in the studio. "Patrick Meets the Brickbats" rolls along at a nice clip, giving Douglas a chance to combine good taste with speedy picking. This Is Americana is a fine collection that will remind one of listening to a good radio program without any commercials.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/08/2002
Label: Sugarhill
UPC: 0015891396125
catalogNumber: 3961

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Doyle Lawson   Mandolin,Vocals
Sam Bush   Mandolin
Rodney Crowell   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Doc Watson   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
Pete Wernick   Banjo,Vocals
James McMurtry   Guitar,Vocals
Ian McLagan   Organ
Wendy Waldman   Background Vocals
Todd Phillips   Bass
Peter Ostroushko   Fiddle,Mandolin
Lisa Mednick   Accordion
Larry Atamanuik   Drums
Barry Bales   Bass
Terry Baucom   Banjo
T. Michael Coleman   Vocals,Upright Bass,5-string Bass
Dudley Connell   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Baritone (Vocal)
John Cowan   Bass Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Richard Dworsky   Piano
R.S. Field   Percussion
Nick Forster   Bass,Vocals
Dave Francis   Bass
David Grissom   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Daren Hess   Drums
Max Johnston   Mandolin
Doug Lancio   Electric Guitar
Paul Leim   Percussion,Drums
Kenny Malone   Drums
John Mock   Classical Guitar
Greg Morrow   Drums
Tim O'Brien   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals
Maura O'Connell   Vocals
Dale Perry   Banjo,Vocals,Acoustic Bass
Jack Reynolds   Background Vocals
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Charles Sawtelle   Guitar,Vocals
Darrell Scott   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Steuart Smith   Harmonica,Mandolin,Autoharp,Electric Guitar,Harmonium
Joe Smothers   Guitar,Vocals
Scott Vestal   Banjo,Vocals
Don Rigsby   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Barry Scott   Guitar,Vocals,Acoustic Bass
Missy Raines   Acoustic Bass
Richard Watson   Guitar
Chris Thile   Mandolin
Gary Raynor   Bass
Junior Sisk   Guitar,Vocals
Alan Bibey   Mandolin
Randy Kohrs   Dobro,Guitar,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
Keith Langford   Harmonica,Drums
Pasi Leppikangas   Percussion,Drums
Bryan Sutton   Guitar
Ronnie Johnson   Bass,Vocal Harmony
Jeff Autry   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Jimmy Smith   Electric Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals,Upright Bass,Vocal Harmony
Paul Brainard   Trumpet
Ron Stewart   Fiddle
Glen Phillips   Vocals
Jamie Dailey   Guitar,Vocals
Sara Watkins   Vocal Harmony
Sean Watkins   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Todd Sheaffer   Guitar,Vocals
Tim Carbone   Violin,Vocals
John Skehan   Mandolin,Piano
Carey Harmon   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Andy Goessling   Banjo,Dobro,Guitar,Ukulele,Vox Organ,Marxophone
Dave Von Dollen   Bass,Vocals,Kalimba
Hunter Berry   Fiddle
Ed Biggerstaff   Bass,Tenor (Vocal)
Robin Williams   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals

Technical Credits

Sam Cooke   Composer
Steven Gardner   Producer
Scott Vestal   MIDI
Don Rigsby   Contributor
Billy Baskette   Composer
Grant Alden   Liner Notes

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