Nashville Bluegrass Band - Twenty Year Blues

Nashville Bluegrass Band
Twenty Year Blues

(Sugar Hill)

First Appeared in The Music Box, February 2005, Volume 12, #2

Written by John Metzger


From the vivacious bounce through Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom to the wistful Tell Me Your Love Is Still True, the Nashville Bluegrass Band opted to celebrate its 20th anniversary by placing the same stylishly nuanced spin upon tradition that forever has been the mainstay of its albums. Throughout the appropriately titled Twenty Year Blues, the music unleashed by the group is impeccably performed, and the alternating currents of mandolin, bass, guitar, fiddle, and banjo frequently coil around one another as if in a state of ecstasy. Whether tackling the weepy That’s All Right, painting the dark corners of Sitting on Top of the World, exploring the easy-going gait of Bill Monroe’s Crossing the Cumberlands, or converging in the harmonic gospel refrains of Hush (Somebody’s Callin’ My Name), the Nashville Bluegrass Band demonstrates why its members are held in such high esteem throughout the roots-music world. starstarstar ˝


Of Further Interest...

The Duhks - Your Daughters & Your Sons

Aubrey Haynie - The Bluegrass Fiddle Album

Old & in the Way - Breakdown


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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!


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