Pickin' on Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Deja Blue Grass

Pickin' on Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Deja Blue Grass

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Overview

This is more like Deja New Grass. While this second volume of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young tunes to receive the Nashville bluegrass treatment features many of the genre's finest session players -- among them David West, Jay Dee Maness and Gabe Witcher -- to call these treatments of the classic rock quartet's best-known tunes "bluegrass" is stretching the definition of the genre to fissure and fracture. Case in point: how may other bluegrass records do you own that feature tabla drums and bongos? In fact, the serious improvising that goes on inside these tunes -- check the beautiful mandolin solo in "Southern Man" for a small example, or the vamp and solo flourishes in "Pre-Road Downs" on disc one -- feels more like acoustic jazz than it does southern string band music. That said, this is all arranged and played beautifully, though hearing banjos carrying the melody lines on "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," and mandolins stinging out the lyric on "Love the One You're With," are a bit disconcerting, at least initially. "Almost Cut My Hair" feels more like an Indian raja, and "Helplessly Hoping" feels more like a wide-open country interlude complete with whining pedal steel. So, while the breakdowns are few and far between, this is still an engaging listen and much more than a novelty record.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/16/2004
Label: Cmh Records
UPC: 0027297171121
catalogNumber: 1711
Rank: 8587

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pickin' On   Primary Artist
Phil Salazar   Fiddle
Tom Ball   Harmonica
Bo Fox   Drums,Maracas,Tambourine,Cardboard Box
Jay Dee Maness   Pedal Steel Guitar
Mike Mullins   Guitar,Mandolin
David West   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Dobro,Mandolin,Bongos,Electric Guitar,Tabla,Tambourine,Triangle,Slide Guitar,Hammered Dulcimer,Bottleneck Guitar
Lorenzo Martinez   Percussion
Tom Corbett   Guitar,Mandolin
Al Di Marco   Bass,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards
Gilles Apap   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Graham Nash   Composer
Steve Stills   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
David Crosby   Composer
David West   Composer
Karrie M. Miller   Cover Design
Ron Sievers   Art Direction

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