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Twenty Year Blues

The Nashville Bluegrass Band

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Twenty Year Blues marks the 20th anniversary of the Nashville Bluegrass Band, and they're still at the top of their game. The sound is pure bluegrass, but they aren't afraid to stray from tradition, and remain one of the only bluegrass bands to incorporate songs from the black string band tradition as well as black gospel music. Traditional tunes and Bill Monroe tunes sit very nicely with their covers of "Travelin' Railroad Man Blues" and "Sitting On Top of the World," both old string band songs, originally performed by the Alabama Sheiks and the Mississippi Sheiks, respectively, in the '30s. They also do a fine vocal gospel version of "Hush (Somebody's Callin' My Name)," which goes back to the '20s in a recording by the Wiseman Sextette. Then they turn around and cover "Luckiest Man Alive," which talks about the Vietnam War (not common bluegrass subject matter). They know the tradition, and understand how to expand it without ruffling any purist feathers. The playing is stellar, as would be expected from these longtime session men, and their close harmony singing is wonderful. Here's to another 20 years.
© Sean Westergaard /TiVo

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1
Garfield's Blackberry Blossom
00:02:42

Unknown, Composer - The Nashville Bluegrass Band, MainArtist

(C) 2004 Sugar Hill Records ℗ 2004 Sugar Hill Records

2
Travelin' Railroad Man Blues
00:03:10

Unknown, Composer - The Nashville Bluegrass Band, MainArtist

(C) 2004 Sugar Hill Records ℗ 2004 Sugar Hill Records, A Welk Music Group Company

3
That's All Right
00:03:14

Unknown, Composer - The Nashville Bluegrass Band, MainArtist

(C) 2004 Sugar Hill Records ℗ 2004 Sugar Hill Records

4
Old Riverman
00:03:53

Unknown, Composer - The Nashville Bluegrass Band, MainArtist

(C) 2004 Sugar Hill Records ℗ 2004 Sugar Hill Records

5
Pretty Red Lips
00:02:10

Unknown, Composer - The Nashville Bluegrass Band, MainArtist

(C) 2004 Sugar Hill Records ℗ 2004 Sugar Hill Records

6
Sitting On Top Of The World
00:04:01

Unknown, Composer - The Nashville Bluegrass Band, MainArtist

(C) 2004 Sugar Hill Records ℗ 2004 Sugar Hill Records

7
Luckiest Man Alive
00:03:48

Unknown, Composer - The Nashville Bluegrass Band, MainArtist

(C) 2004 Sugar Hill Records ℗ 2004 Sugar Hill Records

8
Hush (Somebody's Callin' My Name)
00:03:56

Unknown, Composer - The Nashville Bluegrass Band, MainArtist

(C) 2004 Sugar Hill Records ℗ 2004 Sugar Hill Records

9
Gambling Barroom Blues
00:03:13

Unknown, Composer - The Nashville Bluegrass Band, MainArtist

(C) 2004 Sugar Hill Records ℗ 2004 Sugar Hill Records

10
There's A Better Way
00:03:13

Unknown, Composer - The Nashville Bluegrass Band, MainArtist

(C) 2004 Sugar Hill Records ℗ 2004 Sugar Hill Records, A Welk Music Group Company

11
Rockin' Chair Money
00:02:41

Unknown, Composer - The Nashville Bluegrass Band, MainArtist

(C) 2004 Sugar Hill Records ℗ 2004 Sugar Hill Records, A Welk Music Group Company

12
Crossing The Cumberlands
00:03:28

Unknown, Composer - The Nashville Bluegrass Band, MainArtist

(C) 2004 Sugar Hill Records ℗ 2004 Sugar Hill Records

13
Tell Me Your Love Is Still True
00:02:30

Unknown, Composer - The Nashville Bluegrass Band, MainArtist

(C) 2004 Sugar Hill Records ℗ 2004 Sugar Hill Records

Album Description

Twenty Year Blues marks the 20th anniversary of the Nashville Bluegrass Band, and they're still at the top of their game. The sound is pure bluegrass, but they aren't afraid to stray from tradition, and remain one of the only bluegrass bands to incorporate songs from the black string band tradition as well as black gospel music. Traditional tunes and Bill Monroe tunes sit very nicely with their covers of "Travelin' Railroad Man Blues" and "Sitting On Top of the World," both old string band songs, originally performed by the Alabama Sheiks and the Mississippi Sheiks, respectively, in the '30s. They also do a fine vocal gospel version of "Hush (Somebody's Callin' My Name)," which goes back to the '20s in a recording by the Wiseman Sextette. Then they turn around and cover "Luckiest Man Alive," which talks about the Vietnam War (not common bluegrass subject matter). They know the tradition, and understand how to expand it without ruffling any purist feathers. The playing is stellar, as would be expected from these longtime session men, and their close harmony singing is wonderful. Here's to another 20 years.
© Sean Westergaard /TiVo

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