I'm just going to come right out and say it: I love everything about this album. The only way to make it any better would be to have it autographed.
Some bands approach bluegrass for the tradition that it represents. And then there are bands like Greensky Bluegrass.
David Bromberg has been there, done that...and that and that too! But alone with a guitar, as he is in this live session, is a glimpse of where it all began.
People who live in St. Louis are lucky for lots of reasons, not the least of which is KDHX. I know that sounds self-serving, but it's true. And here's one reason why: discovery.
When we were teenagers we defined ourselves through the music that we listened to, and I suppose that that is something which remains true for teens today. I wouldn't have been caught dead listening to James Taylor (even if I sat enthralled with "Sweet Baby James" when no one was around) and the same was true for big-band music. In the '70s, big bands provided the soundtrack of our parents' lives, which was synonymous with lame.
The Gibson Brothers
"They Called It Music"
It's a truism that musicians don't make the best business people, and there are examples galore to prove it, from the very heights of the industry on down.
There are lots of good bluegrass albums, and there are a few great ones. There are also some that stand out even above those ones, and this new release from Dailey & Vincent is going to prove to be one of those.
"The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver"
There are lots of tribute albums around, though they are a curious bird. The assumption we make as consumers is that the people who contribute do so because they were inspired by the person whose work they are celebrating.
We often like to pigeonhole artists, despite all we know about the diversity of musical influences.