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SPECIAL CONSENSUS AND FRIENDS 'Country Boy - A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver' COMP-4627-CD

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A good idea for an album, and it's surprising that it hasn't been done before. This CD was nicely put together by Greg Cahill and his band along with a guest list that includes Jason Carter (fiddle), Rob Ickes (dobro), Michael Cleveland (fiddle), Rhonda Vincent, Peter Rowan, Claire Lynch, Jim Lauderdale and Dale Ann Bradley. Cahill has been leading this Chicago based group for ages (the notes proclaim that Greg and his band have issued 17 albums over the years!) Many --if not most --of Denver's songs work well in a Bluegrass setting, and this new album presents excellent versions of BACK HOME AGAIN, ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH, THIS OLD GUITAR and THANK GOD I'M A COUNTRY BOY. And guest Claire Lynch joins the group for a "killer" performance of WILD MONTANA SKIES (the high point of the record) It also includes the expected TAKE ME HOME COUNTRY ROADS (Denver's best known song), though this version does not quite match the great early versions of this song by the Country Gentlemen or The Osborne Brothers. An excellent album that should interest many. With a good set of notes by Dave Royko.