How to Grow a Woman from the Ground

How to Grow a Woman from the Ground

by Chris ThileChris Thile


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Nickel Creek's mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile knows bluegrass from the inside out, and he never forgets where its heart is when he ventures beyond its borders for inspiration. How to Grow a Woman from the Ground, another exciting solo journey on which Thile is joined by a solid quartet of guitar, bass, banjo, and fiddle on a patchwork quilt of songs from various sources (including his own raw-nerve originals about love and loss) that he and his mates translate into bluegrass terms. These sources range from the legendary Spanish Celtic band Milladoira (whose lively instrumental, "O Santo de Polvora," is a moment of pure joy, an irresistible Irish reel full of exuberant, life-affirming dialogue between the fiddle and banjo) to Jack White's up-tempo, slightly skewed explication of a relationship gone sour in the driving, bluesy "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" to a bustling, fiddle-fired workout on Jimmie Rodgers's classic "Brakeman's Blues." The Strokes' "Heart in a Cage" gets countrified and even gospelized in these capable hands, it's one of the album's most vivid moments. But Thile's own songs stand out for their raw intimacy, their breathtaking flights of instrumental musings, and, especially on the desultory, spare "I'm Yours if You Want Me," for the artist's willingness to put the load right on himself. Love may not have been good to him of late, but Thile knows he'll find a soothing balm in the music he was raised on.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/12/2006
Label: Sugarhill
UPC: 0015891401720
catalogNumber: 4017

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Thile   Primary Artist,Mandolin,Vocals
Gabe Witcher   Fiddle,Vocals
Greg Garrison   Bass,Vocals
Noam Pikelny   Banjo,Vocals
Chris Eldridge   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Ronnie McCoury   Contributor
Paul Shelasky   Composer
Gillian Welch   Composer
Chris Thile   Arranger,Composer,Producer
David Rawlings   Composer
Gabe Witcher   Arranger
Julian Casablancas   Composer
Greg Garrison   Arranger
Matthew Gephart   Engineer
Noam Pikelny   Arranger
Loren Witcher   Illustrations
Chris Eldridge   Arranger

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