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BILL EMERSON & SWEET DIXIE 'Southern' RUR-1053-CD

$13.99

Bill Emerson is one of the most respected 5-String banjo players of all time, and it is somewhat amazing that he still has the technique, drive and taste that puts him at the top of his game after more than 50 years in the business (it was 1957 when he and Charlie Waller started the famed Country Gentlemen). After an excellent outing on the Rebel label in 2007 (REB-1823 BILL EMERSON & THE SWEET DIXIE BAND, $ 13.99), Bill follows up with another strong effort featuring a somewhat different cast of characters. The guitar work and most of the lead singing is handled by Tom Adams, and he sounds fine. Wayne Lanham on mandolin and Teri Chism on bass round out the group (Ms. Chism does three lead vocals and most of the harmony singing. Significant and fine work on the fiddle is supplied by guest Rickie Simpkins. A good array of songs include numbers written by Vince Gill, Carl Jackson, Pete Goble and Marty Stuart, and well-played "old timers" I DON'T CARE ANYMORE and Alton Delmore's MIDNIGHT TRAIN add to a superior recording