VARIOUS - BLUE TRAIL OF SORROW '16 Top Bluegrass Gems'

VARIOUS - BLUE TRAIL OF SORROW '16 Top Bluegrass Gems'

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This is, in effect, a sampler aimed at capitalizing on the success of the “O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU?” soundtrack that has amazingly sold more than 2 million copies for the Mercury label. Since several Rounder artists were prominently involved in that project (Alison Krauss, Cox Family, Norman Blake and the late John Hartford) it makes sense as a collection that features the newly appreciated “roots music”. What is a bit surprising is Rounder’s use of the sub-title “16 Top Bluegrass Gems”—a gimmick that would be expected of a CMH or STARDAY-GUSTO project but not Rounder: truth is that no more than half the tracks here could be called Bluegrass anyway. The album is highlighted by two Alison Krauss cuts (the title song and I’LL REMEMBER YOU LOVE IN MY PRAYERS, that actually both feature Dan Tyminski’s vocals—not Krauss) and EVERYBODY WANTS TO GO TO HEAVEN by the Cox Family with Krauss) and a rare Stanley Brothers track, MEET ME IN THE MOONLIGHT, a song cut in the early 1960s as a single for the old Blue Ridge label, which Rounder now controls. After the obligatory cuts by Blake & Hartford, the album is filled out with an assortment of old-time & bluegrass pieces, some much more effective than others (James King’s CRAZY HEART is a good recording, but what on earth does it have to do with this collection?). More in keeping with the theme are Dirk Powell’s WILD BILL JONES and a nice version of MAN OF CONSTANT SORROW by Tim O’Brien and Tony Furtado, and Connie & Babe’s CRUEL WILLIE—an old-time fiddle solo by their fiddler, Red Roberts). For those who can appreciate the diversity between Bluegrass and old-time music, there’s enough good music here to make this a very worthwhile album. Also features Rhonda Vincent, Freight Hoppers, Hazel Dickens, Dry Branch Fire Squad.

Artists:

  • ALISON KRAUS
  • RHONDA VINCENT
  • TONY FURTADO
  • NORMAN BLAKE
  • JOHN HARTFORD
  • THE FREIGHT HOPPERS
  • DIRK POWELL
  • THE STANLEY BROTHERS
  • DRY BRANCH FIRE SQUAD
  • THE COX FAMILY
  • LLOYD CHANDLER
  • JAMES KING
  • HAZEL DICKENS

Track Listing:

  • I'LL REMEMBER YOU LOVE, IN MY PRAYERS
  • YOU DON'T LOVE GOD IF YOU DON'T LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR
  • MAN OF CONSTANT SORROW
  • CRUEL WILLIE
  • BRINGING IN THE GEORGIA MAIL
  • OWL FEATHER
  • COTTON EYED JOE
  • TIME IS WINDING UP
  • BLUE TRAIL OF SORROW
  • WILD BILL JONES
  • MEET ME IN THE MOONLIGHT
  • WHEN I WENT DOWN TO THE VALLEY TO PRAY
  • EVERYBODY WANTS TO GO TO HEAVEN
  • A CONVERSATION WITH DEATH
  • CRAZY HEART
  • HILLS OF HOME