Friday Night in America

Friday Night in America

by New Grass RevivalNew Grass Revival


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On what would turn out to be New Grass Revival's final album, Friday Night in America, the band advanced their sound beyond their own previous pioneering. Their genre-busting brand of rocked-out progressive bluegrass is at its most rockin' -- almost bordering on hair metal with banjos. John Cowan's emotive vocals soar above the delicate picking of Bela Fleck's banjo and the occasional electronic drums or fretless bass. From this point, it is easy to see how effortlessly Fleck slipped into the prog jazz-grass of his Flecktones, particularly on the epic jam "Big Foot." Similarly, this jazzy noodling may be precisely why Sam Bush left the group for the earthier tones of Emmylou Harris' Nash Ramblers. Aside from the "historical document" element of the album, there are some fine moments, particularly the hits "Callin' Baton Rouge" and "You Plant Your Fields." While songs like "Angel Eyes" sound almost like the members of Mr. Big couldn't find their guitars so they picked up mandolins and fiddles, fans of contemporary country and tight instrumentation will want to pick this up.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/20/2001
Label: Southern Music Dist.
UPC: 0697035198927
catalogNumber: 1989

Album Credits

Performance Credits

New Grass Revival   Primary Artist
Sam Bush   Fiddle,Mandolin,Rhythm Guitar,Group Member
Wendy Waldman   Background Vocals
Sam Bacco   Percussion
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Sam Clayton   Background Vocals
John Cowan   Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Garth Fundis   Background Vocals
Béla Fleck   Banjo,Vocals,Group Member
Pat Flynn   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Carl Marsh   fairlight
Bob Mater   Drums
Dennis Ritchie   Recorder
Tom Roady   Percussion

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Wendy Waldman   Producer
Garth Fundis   Producer
Béla Fleck   Composer
Gary Laney   Engineer
Ken Love   Engineer
Kim Richey   Composer
Dave Sinko   Engineer
Bil VornDick   Engineer
Greg Parker   Engineer
Henry Marquez   Art Direction

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