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Twenty Year Blues

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Other albums by The Nashville Bluegrass Band

  1. Idletime
  2. New Moon Rising
  3. To Be His Child
  4. My Native Home
  5. American Beauty

Review

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
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Garfield's Blackberry Blossom The Nashville Bluegrass Band 2:38
  3. 2 Travelin' Railroad Man Blues The Nashville Bluegrass Band 3:7
  4. 3 That's All Right The Nashville Bluegrass Band 3:9
  5. 4 Old River Man The Nashville Bluegrass Band 3:48
  6. 5 Pretty Red Lips The Nashville Bluegrass Band 2:5
  7. 6 Sitting On Top of the World The Nashville Bluegrass Band 3:57
  8. 7 Luckiest Man Alive The Nashville Bluegrass Band 3:43
  9. 8 Hush (Somebody's Callin' My Name) The Nashville Bluegrass Band 3:53
  10. 9 Gambling Barroom Blues The Nashville Bluegrass Band 3:7
  11. 10 There's a Better Way The Nashville Bluegrass Band 3:10
  12. 11 Rockin' Chair Money The Nashville Bluegrass Band 2:35
  13. 12 Crossing the Cumberlands The Nashville Bluegrass Band 3:24
  14. 13 Tell Me Your Love Is Still True The Nashville Bluegrass Band 2:27

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