Contemporary bluegrass

Discussion in 'Music Lounge' started by chad, May 8, 2007.

  1. chad

    chad Well-Known Member War Zone Member Top Poster

    Ok, so I heard Smoothie Song on the radio many many times and then I picked up the Best of Nickle Creek cd /dvd set and while I like it, I was hoping for something with a. less vocals and b. more modern. Any thoughts on who I can check out for this?
  2. DYohn

    DYohn Well-Known Member Donor

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    I like "The Mountain" by Steve Earle, although there are plenty of excellent vocals on it. Check out "The Company We Keep" by Del McCoury.
  3. Steve Tannehill

    Steve Tannehill New Member War Zone Member Top Poster

    I'm not sure where this fits on the scale of a. to b., but I really like The Grascals. You can sample them on iTunes.

    Viva Las Vegas with the Queen of Country Music is a real treat.

    They are outstanding live (saw them open for Dolly.)

    - Steve
  4. Steve Tillman

    Steve Tillman New Member

    One of my all time favorites is "Mike Auldridge Dobro". It's an older album, but it has some good instrumental blugrass. There are are some great players on the album. Linda Ronstadt, Ricky Skaggs, Vasser Clements and David Bromberg all make guest appearances.


  5. chad

    chad Well-Known Member War Zone Member Top Poster

    Thanks guys, I will keep them in mind next time I am out and about. I have seen Ricky Skaggs a few times in concert and enjoy him quite a bit. Steve Earl, I have heard him on the radio before and he is pretty good, but, is he the guy / group that does Copperhead Road? I enjoy the song but my God they play it to death on "my" radio station.

    Ok, so work is slow today. I'm listening to my "new" John Butler Trio cd a lot today. It kind of goes from blue grassesque sounds to almost reggae. It's pretty good stuff.
  6. Denton

    Denton Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    "Copperhead Road" is indeed a Steve Earle song. Look for the disc David mentioned where Earle is playing with the Del McCoury Band. That should be the disc most likely to be what you are lookin' for.
  7. Jason Lorette

    Jason Lorette Active Member

    I recently watch an Alison Krauss & Union Station concert on HDnet that was amazing (especially when they did "A Man Of Constant Sorrow")...they are really quite accomplished musician's and if this is on DVD anywhere it's a treat.

  8. chad

    chad Well-Known Member War Zone Member Top Poster

    Thanks Jason, I will look for that. I LOVE concert dvds.

    Denton, I have some errands to run tonight, one of them might be to a music store, thanks!
  9. brianca

    brianca New Member

    Check out the Bad Livers on iTunes. Excellent new school bluegrass. Also the Asylum Street Spankers if you can find them. Not sure if they are on i-tunes or not, and I'm not on an iTunes computer right now.
  10. chad

    chad Well-Known Member War Zone Member Top Poster

    thanks brianca, I will keep my eyes open for them.

    I just googled both of them, they have a both have a pretty cool sound. I will have to look for them!
  11. brianca

    brianca New Member

    If you ever get the chance to see the Bad Livers live, I highly recommend it. They put on quite a show.
  12. TimB

    TimB New Member

    I - painfully - had to miss AKUS with Tony Rice here last Saturday night. While not exactly 'bluegrass' - well, ok, not at all like bluegrass - I just heard John Prine will be back in August and I will NOT miss him!
  13. Frank A

    Frank A New Member

    chadci, do you have DVD-A capability? If so, check out "The Brand New Opry" dvd-a. This disk plays some bluegrass in it. A couple of the players are related to one of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band players, and seem to have a similar sound (I think). Very good, well recorded disk.

  14. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

    Wayne A. Pflughaupt New Member

    ?Contemporary bluegrass" ? isn?t that an oxymoron? :D

    Wayne A. Pflughaupt
  15. chad

    chad Well-Known Member War Zone Member Top Poster

    Wayne, that is kind of what I always thought as well, but it's out there... Just finding it.

    My favorite oxymoron is jumbo shrimp.
  16. Jim Armstrong

    Jim Armstrong New Member

    When you mentioned Mike Auldridge & Ms. Ronstadt I had to tell you about OLD TRAIN by ?The Seldom Scene?.
    It?s a 33 year old recording that I have on the original LP and now it has been released on CD.
    Linda only sings on two cuts but those happen to be my favorites. Most of all, ?Through the Bottom of the Glass?.
    Some other ?new groups??.in my world that would be post-1965 bluegrass:

    The Johnson Mountain Boys

    Hot Rize

    Larry Sparks

    The Red Clay Ramblers

    Reeltime Travelers

    The Grassy Knoll Boys

    But, if you really enjoy bluegrass, you?ll always need a good selection of Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers and Flatt & Scruggs.
    There is simply no substitute.

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