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OneBlueSky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-19-04 01:16 AM
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25. had the pleasure of meeting Earl around 1974 or 75. . .
when we booked the Earl Scruggs Review to play at the college I was attending . . . what a great guy . . . and the music he was making during this period was exceptional . . . you can get a really good sampling on this CD; great, great stuff . . . (it's an import, though, so on the expensive side) . . . Review
Many fans were astonished when banjo legend Earl Scruggs split with longtime partner Lester Flatt, left traditional bluegrass behind, enlisted sons Gary, Randy, and Steve, and assembled this eclectic, talented, rock-influenced ensemble. Included in the eye-popping list of guests: Byrds Clarence White and Roger McGuinn; acoustic standouts Vassar Clements and Josh Graves; country stars Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings; and miscellany including Billy Joel (yes, him), Alvin Lee, Charlie Daniels, Tracy Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Bramlett, David Allen Coe, Doug Kershaw, Loudon Wainwright III, and even the Pointer Sisters. The material is just as diverse: Flatt and Scruggs chestnuts; Jimmie Rodgers; Dolly Parton; Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie; Hank Williams; Elton John and Bernie Taupin; Rod Stewart; Joel; Wainwright; Cash; and four Dylan tunes, including a positively bubbly version of "I Shall Be Released." Sometimes this bluegrass-country-rock-soul-folk-gospel olio works to perfection, sometimes it's a bit messy, and sometimes it's just plain odd, but it's always infused with precise picking, a light-hearted enthusiasm, and rolling-thunder momentum. --Marc Greilsamer
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