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Pop stardom has, for many years, attuned listeners to the arrival of shining new faces filled with vital new ideas, to which attention must be paid. Instantly. Briefly, for the most part. It says here that there is another path, at least if what one cares about is music, and not celebrity. The steady lines in Buddy Miller’s face, the passions which abide within his voice, and the ... Read more in Amazon's Buddy Miller Store

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  • Audio CD (March 1, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B004I2EWMI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,950 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cattle Call (Buddy Miller)
2. No Good Lover (Buddy Miller and Ann McCrary)
3. I Want To Be With You Always (Buddy Miller and Patty Griffin)
4. Barres De La Prison (Marc Ribot)
5. Meds (Lee Ann Womack)
6. Dang Me (Chocolate Genius)
7. Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie (Marc Ribot)
8. That's The Way Love Goes (Shawn Colvin)
9. Freight Train (Instrumental)
10. Why I'm Walkin' (Emmylou Harris)
11. Why Baby Why (Buddy Miller and Marc Ribot)
12. Return To Me (Lee Ann Womack)
13. God's Wing'ed Horse (Buddy and Julie Miller)

Editorial Reviews

The Majestic Silver Strings is Buddy's reimagination of classic country songs with unrestrained guitars, atmosphere and attitude. Buddy and the three acclaimed guitarists Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot and Greg Leisz (together they are The Majestic Silver Strings) together push each song into a new cosmos warped in reverb. Guest vocalists include Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Lee Ann Womack, Chocolate Genius and Julie Miller.

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I've been a big fan of both he and his wife's music for years.
zendixie
Genre-bending such as this can be a great way to expose classic material to a wider audience and widen one's own musical pallet at the same time.
stratavee
You can legitimately say that the album is a hodge-podge, but it all works nonetheless and it's cohesive as an album.
BluesFan

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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By BluesFan on March 1, 2011
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I didn't like parts of this album at all the first time I listened to it. Indeed, more than once I found myself thinking "what was he thinking?" With repeated listenings, however, I started to get it.

This album is unlike anything Buddy has done before. It is far and away the most ambitious album he has undertaken in his entire career.

Yes, some of the usual suspects show up (Ann McCrary, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Lee Ann Womack, Emmylou Harris and, of course, Julie.

But then there's a bunch of folks you wouldn't expect. First, you've got Bill Frisell (one of jazz's pre-eminent guitarists whose musical roots are very broad and very deep), Marc Ribot (another world-class guitarist whose past work has been labeled no wave, free jazz and Cuban among other things - trust me, Marc doesn't fit in a box any more than Bill does), and Greg Leisz (who plays just about anything with strings exceptionally well). [Greg's steel guitar will make your skin crawl it's so good] Together with Buddy, these four men constitute the Majestic Silver Strings, which will play as a group at the Grammy Museum in LA on Thursday, March 10th (only show scheduled that I know of). Add in Chocolate Genius, a floating member group centered on Marc Anthony Thompson, a New York-based singer/songwriter, and you've got a heck of a mix.

The album (the promo copy I have been listening to) states that it is "Buddy's re-imagination of classic country songs, loaded with guitars, atmosphere, and attitude." That's about as apt a one-line description as you're likely to find. That's also why there's a bit of culture shock at first.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ArtGuy on March 21, 2011
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Buddy Miller's new album "Majestic Silver Strings" is worth it all if only for the hauntingly beautiful "That's the Way Love Goes", the head twisting redo of "Dang Me", the slightly creepy "Meds" and the deeply comforting song I've listened to 4, 5 and 6 times in a row, "God's Wing'ed Horse." Different from his other albums in it's direction, Buddy maintains his integrity and superb artistry. He doesn't flinch from taking musical risks. That's why I keep coming back.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By zendixie on March 17, 2011
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I was excited to hear that my two guitar heros, Bill Frisell and Buddy Miller had recorded something together. This is something I'd wanted to hear since first hearing Buddy back up Emmylou Harris years ago. I've been a big fan of both he and his wife's music for years. They produce better music in their home than the rest of Nashville can in the fanciest studios in town. As far as Bill Frisell is concerned, I was lucky enough to be given a cd of his back in the early 90's and realized I had found gold.I think I have bought every release since then. He is an inspiration to any musician and an example of how to succeed by being true to yourself.
The only fault i find with the cd, "Majestic Silver Strings" is the generosity of Buddy Miller. He is happy to let others take the lead. This isn't always a good idea. As a fan of Marc Ribot it pains me to say that this cd suffers from a tad too much of his input. While I love the song "meds"as well as his excellent playing throughout the cd, I could have done without his rather bland reading of
"the bars of the prison", a song originally written in Spanish that seems to lose something in this translation.I also love the new take on the Roger Miller classic "dang me", which many will see as blasphemy. On the whole, the album is nearly perfect. I have listened to it many times now and only wish there was a little more of Buddy and Bill on it. Maybe next time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By the loosest bigger on December 11, 2011
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It's a country record but it's not. It's a Buddy Miller album but it's not.
This is one of the best records of 2011 irrespective of musical genre made by a group of America's finest musicians the old fashioned way, by hand and heart.
Try it, you'll like it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve "Chief" Johnson on May 16, 2011
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I thought this was a great CD. Definately not a
Buddy Miller solo record, but a very nice project with some solid musicians and wonderful guest singers. Very non traditional takes on some classic songs, and a few new oddities. Hey, with Buddy, you can't go wrong. And although this wasn't really a solo Buddy record, it has his feel and stamp all over it. Highly reccommended.
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I'm a long time Buddy Miller fan, but it took me a while to feel ready to take this album on. I'm also a big fan of Bill Frisell and Greg Leisz, though the nature of their collaborations is of a very different style from Buddy's. Frisell music is more challenging to listen to in its' complexity than the wonderfully organic earthy country of Buddy Miller. But as an audiophile who listens to a lot of different stuff, I think Bill Frisell is just amazing, and I have a number of his cds. His music draws you into a very different world of music, usually based in folk and country origins that builds and creates atmosphere and takes you to a different place, deep into historic rooms, into the lives of common people, the struggles in life, .... sometimes strange and eerie. I think of his album "Disfarmer" , fascinating, enthrawling, but sometimes a bit disarming - like real life. One of Bill's more conventionally accessible cds is "Nashville". But Bill is kind of in his own league, and amazing.
I found that, like other reviewers mention here, this album reveals much more with repeated listening. I think at first the less familiar, somewhat haunting sounds of Bill and Greg may stand out overall, but after a few listens a nice balance is revealed. Some of the tunes are light-hearted country tunes such as "Meds" and "Cattle Call", and others deeper and more atmospheric. It is interesting that Buddy has managed to bring each of the performers into a very equal degree of collaboration, creating a well balanced and fascinating cd that will endure by offering something a bit different each time you put it on the player. I think it gets friendlier and more impressive each time I listen to it. I really value recordings such as this, that are challenging in their complexity but rewarding in their uniqueness. You have a sense that there's something new to discover each time you return to listen.
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