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listen  1. Every Time You Say GoodbyeAlison Krauss and Union Station 3:15Album Only
listen  2. Been Down This RoadRailroad Earth 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. JackarooDavid Grisman; Jerry Garcia 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. New Night Dawning (feat. Alison Brown)Andrea Zonn 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Across the Great DivideFrank Solivan 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Man of Constant Sorrow (feat. Don Edwards)Peter Rowan 4:47Album Only
listen  7. Shady GroveJames Alan Shelton 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. New RailroadCrooked Still 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Boots of Spanish LeatherThe Seldom Scene 4:50Album Only
listen10. The Last GoodbyeUncle Earl 3:39Album Only
listen11. Diggin' on the MountainsideTown Mountain 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Diamond JoeSam Bush 3:38Album Only
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 22, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • ASIN: B007OA0X9W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,423 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Bluegrass offers insight into the variations within the genre, from the mesmerizing vocals and skillful instrumentation of Alison Krauss and Union Station's Every Time You Say Goodbye to Railroad Earth's contemporary newgrass sound on Been Down This Road. Then there s the lively rendition of Jackaroo, by legends David Grisman and Jerry Garcia, alongside the soft, contemporary sounds of Andrea Zonn with Alison Brown. Frank Solivan's Across the Great Divide and Peter Rowan's Man of Constant Sorrow, transport listeners with their earthy, newgrass style. James Alan Shelton brings his beautiful melody-oriented guitar playing to the traditional song Shady Grove, and Crooked Still adds a modern bluegrass sound to New Railroad. One of bluegrass music's longest performing groups, The Seldom Scene, provides their distinctive vocals and picking to the Dylan classic Boots of Spanish Leather followed by the versatile all-girl string band Uncle Earle The Last Goodbye. Young North Carolina natives Town Mountain contribute their original, traditional bluegrass stylings with Diggin' On The Mountainside, while the inimitable Sam Bush, brings his beloved mandolin playing to Diamond Joe. The album closes with a rendition of the gospel favorite I ll Fly Away, performed by a variety of talented artists.

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I bought this because I want to introduce my son (he's one) to a variety of music.
HandMeDown
Bluegrass music is a form of American roots music with a conglomeration of old-timey mountain music, blues, gospel tunes, jazz, country and folk music.
Finamoon
This is another fine example of a Putumayo "genre" music sampler; something they are really good at.
Steve Ramm

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Format: Audio CD
This is another fine example of a Putumayo "genre" music sampler; something they are really good at. It consists of 13 tracks (running about 47-minutes) from a wide variety of might be called "Bill Monroe Bluegrass disciples". Mandolinist Monroe started playing this style of music in the 1930s and 40s and when he added banjo picker Earl Scruggs to the band, he created what became known in the 1950s as "bluegrass" music.

None of the artists here go back to 50s and earlier though guitar and mandolin player Peter Rowan - probably the oldest one here - did play in Monroe's band. The post-Monroe period featured what became known as "new grass" and members of those bands (Sam Bush, David Grisman, Jerry Garcia) fill many of the tracks selected here. Alison Krauss (with Union Station) is here but from one of her earlier Rounder records. Railroad Earth - sort of a bluegrass "jam band" (with songs extending to over 10 minutes) - is probably the newest track here, along with the young band Crooked Still (whose members have changed since the 2006 recording included on this set.)

Music journalist Holly George-Warren has provided a paragraph or two about each artist to allow those new to the genre to learn about them.

While not part of the series of "Playground" samplers directed at children, this CD would not be inappropriate for family listening. The kids will be tapping their feet while their parents are enjoying the words and the expert playing by all the performers.

Nicely done.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 30, 2012
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This very fine collection of diverse bluegrass tunes and contemporary groups starts out strong with a Grammy winner from Alison Krauss & Union Station. I owned that album, but the next group, Railroad Earth, was new to me and their selection, Been Down This Road, has that Americana folk country feeling, very comfortable with simple but sweet solos of fiddle and banjo. David Grisman and Jerry Garcia need no introduction, and it is nice that Putumayo includes the stars of Dawg and Dead music in the ballad, Jackaroo. Andrea Zonn, fiddle, and Alison Brown, banjo, are featured on the following track, which for me is a pleasant but undistinguished song, though I like the lilt of the arrangement and performance. The notes inform us that Frank Solivan was part of the U.S. Navy Band's country-bluegrass ensemble, Country Current. There is more to military music than marches! His tune is Kate Wolf's beautiful Across the Great Divide. His instruments are guitar, mandolin, and fiddle, but here he is on guitar, supported by a bevy of Nashville musicians. Peter Rowan's bluegrass spiritual Man of Constant Sorrow, associated with the Stanley Brothers among others, has an unusual rhythm base, reflecting Rowan's stints with Bill Monroe, David Grisman, and jazz-rock band Seatrain. The other singers are his brothers, Christopher and Lorin. A Ralph Stanley band guitarist, James Alan Shelton reaches deep into the Appalachian songbook for Shady Grove. The modern band Crooked Still, which includes a cello, is also represented. Aoife O'Donovan singing, which was featured with Yo-Yo Ma's Goat Rodeo Sessions, manifests the Celtic influence in bluegrass. Seldom Scene sings an early Dylan song; the banjo and mandolin transforms the folk-rock ballad, Boots of Spanish Leather. Uncle Earl, which is a women's band (hurray!Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Finamoon on January 13, 2013
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Bluegrass music was pioneered by Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys, so named after the Bluegrass State of Kentucky and inspired by the music of Appalachia. Bluegrass music is a form of American roots music with a conglomeration of old-timey mountain music, blues, gospel tunes, jazz, country and folk music. The music is traditionally made up of acoustic stringed instruments: fiddles, guitars, banjos, mandolins, and upright bass. Occasionally you hear other instruments as well like: jug, penny whistle, flute, drums, accordion, harmonica, piano, autoharp, electric guitar, resonator guitar or Dobro and electric versions of other common bluegrass instruments. These additions of instruments make the music more Newgrass than Bluegrass, but still the sound is sweet and reminds me of the good ole country.

The Putumayo Presents Bluegrass album is a collection of great Bluegrass musicians as well as Bluegrass music. I really enjoyed the music on this CD.

Track List and my thoughts:
01 Alison Krauss & Union Station - Every Time You Say Goodbye - (United States)
The vocals of Alison Krauss remind me somewhat of Dolly Parton. She has a purity to her voice that I really like. In Every Time You Say Goodbye there is a lot of plucking and the song has a great beat to it. I love the fiddle part!
02 Railroad Earth - Been Down This Road - (United States)
Railroad Earth give a lonesome mournful quality to Been Down This Road. I love their twangy style.
03 David Grisman and Jerry Garcia - Jackaroo - (United States)
David Grisman and Jerry Garcia don't need introductions, but did you know that Garcia was in the Mother McCreedy's Jug Band before the Grateful Dead even existed?
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