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NATE LEATH & FRIENDS 'Rockville Pike'

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Leath has a nicely produced old-time record here, featuring his fiddle on all but two of the 14 tracks here (he plays dobro on those). He is joined by no less than 11 other singers and musicians, including Mark Schatz, who plays acoustic bass (and old-time banjo on one cut). There is singing on 8 of the 14 tracks, but the strength of the album lies in Leath's fiddling, along with some nice old-time banjo by Sarah Jarosz and equally impressive 2nd fiddle by Tatiana Hargreaves. There are good, spirited versions of RIDE OLD BUCK TO WATER, RICHMOND, GREASY COAT, MISS McLEOD'S REEL, TENNESSEE MOUNTAIN FOX CHASE and a couple of Leath originals, ROSIN ON THE GOURD and the title tune. Good guitar work on most of the pieces by Danny Knicely provides a solid anchor. The singing --shared by Ms. Hargreaves and 5 others --is inconsistent, with only one song really standing out: Gillian Welch's NO ONE KNOWS MY NAME, very nicely sung by Ms. Jarosz. MOONSHINER, WILD BILL JONES