Different Roads

Different Roads

by The Seldom SceneThe Seldom Scene


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Pioneering giants of progressive, or urban, bluegrass, the Seldom Scene's original lineup (John Starling on rhythm guitar, John Duffey on mandolin, Mike Auldridge on dobro, Ben Eldridge on banjo, and Tom Gray on bass) worked the thriving Maryland/D.C./Virginia corridor in the early '70s, sparking new interest in bluegrass even as they retooled it by embracing young songwriters from other genres and adding new instruments (Ricky Skaggs plays viola on the moody, John Starling-penned title track, and Mark Cuff adds propulsive drums to Herb Perderson's brisk "Easy Ride from Good Times to the Blues," which also features pedal steel). Culled from the group's first seven albums for the Rebel label, this retrospective CD serves as a vivid reminder of how exciting those early progressive days were, when there seemed to be no shortage of great young musicians joining the fray and the always-expansive bluegrass repertoire was growing exponentially with every new musical trend. The balance here is between the old and the new. The group tackle pop-country balladry as defined by Eddy Arnold's "Walk Through This World with Me" -- with a beautiful tenor lead by John Duffey and complementary, heart-tugging dobro -- plus three of the aforementioned Herb Pederson's earliest songs, including the yearning breakup lament "Wait a Minute." In Duffy and Starling, the Scene had two gifted vocalists; in Auldridge, they had an instrumental giant who honored the groundbreaking work of Flatt & Scruggs' "Uncle Josh" Graves but brought his own vibrant vision in establishing the dobro as a legitimate voice in the bluegrass world. Words hardly do justice to the life in this music - just listen.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/03/2007
Label: Rebel Records
UPC: 0032511751621
catalogNumber: 7516
Rank: 36113

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Seldom Scene   Primary Artist
Mike Auldridge   Dobro,Baritone (Vocal)
Ricky Skaggs   Fiddle,Viola
John Starling   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Paul Craft   Guitar
Ben Eldridge   Banjo,Dobro
Tom Gray   Bass,Bowed Bass
John Duffey   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Mark Cuff   Drums

Technical Credits

Norman Blake   Composer
Earl Scruggs   Composer
Ralph Stanley   Composer
John Starling   Composer
Emmylou Harris   Author
Paul Craft   Composer
David Freeman   Liner Notes
Herb Pedersen   Composer
John Duffey   Composer
Ann Hill   Composer

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