RELEASE
July 10, 2007
LABEL
Sugar Hill
GENRES
Country, Bluegrass, Contemporary Bluegrass, Progressive Bluegrass, Traditional Bluegrass

Album Review

Formed in 1984, the Nashville Bluegrass Band filled a slot somewhere between the new and the old, similar, in a number of ways, to Hot Rize. With smooth harmony and a folk sound, NBB blunts many of bluegrass' sharper, more rustic edges; at the same time, one would never confuse NBB with the '70s incarnation of the New Grass Revival or even the eclectically conservative Seldom Scene. While elements of the Nashville Bluegrass Band have changed over the years, all of the 16 selections on Best of the Sugar Hill Years feature vocalist/guitarist Pat Enright, banjoist/vocalist Alan O'Bryant, and fiddler Stuart Duncan. The mandolin spot, over the years, has changed between Mike Compton and Roland White, while the bass players featured on this collection include Gene Libbea and Dennis Crouch. For anyone familiar with the roots music field, this is an impressive roster, and one that works very well as a unit (thus, the emphasis on the "band" in Nashville Bluegrass Band). There's a lot of good stuff here, including the propulsive "Blue Train" and a fine take on Gillian Welch's "Tear My Stillhouse Down." Best of the Sugar Hill Years is a solid introduction to a fine contemporary bluegrass band.
Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Rock Bottom Blueshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/americana-master-series-best/id712241540?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. The Boys Are Back in Townhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/americana-master-series-best/id712241540?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Don't Let Our Love Diehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/americana-master-series-best/id712241540?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Biggest Liars in Townhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/americana-master-series-best/id712241540?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. The Foolhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/americana-master-series-best/id712241540?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Blue Trainhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/americana-master-series-best/id712241540?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Waitin' for the Hard Times to Gohttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/americana-master-series-best/id712241540?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. When I Get Where I'm Goin'https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/americana-master-series-best/id712241540?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Backtrackin'https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/americana-master-series-best/id712241540?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Tear My Stillhouse Downhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/americana-master-series-best/id712241540?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Red Clay Halohttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/americana-master-series-best/id712241540?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Blue Cadillachttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/americana-master-series-best/id712241540?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Fiddlin' Billhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/americana-master-series-best/id712241540?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Travelin' Railroad Man Blueshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/americana-master-series-best/id712241540?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. There's a Better Wayhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/americana-master-series-best/id712241540?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Rockin' Chair Moneyhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/americana-master-series-best/id712241540?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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