1) Last Train
Home - Been Awhile (Joe Triplett, Rosslyn Mountain Boys)
An excellent outing of inspired country rock reminiscent of the best work
by The Band. Featuring excellent lead vocals by the Brace brothers, Eric
and Alan, and a killer pedal steel track by former Rosslyn Mountain Boy
Tommy Hannum, who is Ricky Van Shelton's musical director
2) Starling, Auldridge & Gaudreau - My Sally (Eric Brace, Last Train Home)
A deep, spooky and profoundly moving track featuring three of the biggest
names in bluegrass. John Starlings vocal performance is full of emotion
and nuance. Mike Auldridge delivers a haunting dobro track, and Jimmy Gaudreaus
mandolin provides just the right rhythmic drive. Jimmy also sings beautiful
high harmonies. Also features John Previti (of the Danny Gatton Band) on
Bass, and Doug Derryberry (of the Bruce Hornsby Band) on Guitar.
3) The Fieldhands
- Field Hand Man (The Delmore Brothers)
An homage to the unique sound and style of the Delmore Brothers, this one
off outing features inspired dual lead singing by Alan MacEwen of The Grandsons
and Jack ODell of Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun. Moe Nelson provides
the swing on bass, and pulls off a unique double harmonica break.
4) Jumpin' Jupiter - Buddy Love (Kevin Johnson)
A real swingin traditional rock and roll track, featuring the energetic
vocals of Jay Jenc, the twangin' telecaster of Bill Kirchen, and the driving
baritone sax of Chris Watling (of The Grandsons). The groove is laid down
by Jack ODell on Drums and John Previti on Bass.
5) Karl Straub - Blue Train
A beautiful reworking of Johnsons excellent ballad, this all acoustic
number features the warm vocals and nimble guitar work of Karl Straub (of
The Graverobbers). Sitting in on slide guitar is Australian phenomenon Jeff
Lang. This one also features some jazzy flourishes on flute and clarinet.
6) Little Pink - Cathode Ray Blue (Karl Straub, The Graverobbers)
An inspired outing by Mary Battiata of Little Pink on vocals, Jim Gray on
Bass and Martin Lynds on Drums. This one marries some Phil Spector inspired
production (layered vocals and big guitars) over a driving rock and roll
rhythm section. The whole thing devolves into a glorious blast of Theremin
weirdness and angular telecaster soloing by Karl Straub during the remarkable
7) Kevin Johnson & the Linemen - Carolina (Karl Straub, The Graverobbers)
A lovely reading of Karl Straubs classic Carolina. Its a mid
tempo country tinged tune, with cool, world weary vocals by Kevin Johnson.
It features an excellent slide guitar part by Bill Williams (of Last Train
Home) and Hammond Organ by Mookie Siegel (The Phil Lesh Band).
8) Graverobbers - Wouldn't Be Easy (Scott McKnight)
This one starts out as an acoustic ballad and builds up into a real jangly
rocker, featuring 12 string electric guitar reminiscent of the Byrds and
Tom Petty. A great demobstration of the Graverobbers' ability to mix classic
country with power pop.
9) Tom Clifford - Day Go By
(Evan Johns & Joe Sasfy)
A Tex-Mex reading of a great tune by the legendary Evan Johns. Featuring
Tom Clifford (of King Soul) on vocals and button accordian and Dave Chappell
(The Hula Monsters, The Evan Johns Band) on telecaster.
10) Hula Monsters - Things I'm Not (Scott McKnight)
A one of a kind reworking of this Scott McKnight gem. The Hula Monsters
give it their own unique Luau styled swing, driven by the slide work of
the great Dave Giegerich and the guitar work of Dave Chappell. Mark Noone
(The Slickee Boys, Ruthie and the Wranglers) sings lead vocals. He and Moe
Nelson provide the dual ukuleles, and everyone gets a chance to vocalize
on the Hawaiian War Chant section. Kowabunga!
11) The Grandsons - Real Real
A driving 60s soul gospel track by the always swingin Grandsons.
Featuring the vocals, guitar and tamborine of Alan MacEwen, the honking
saxes of Chris Watling, and the piano and hammond organ of producer Peter
Fox. A toe tapper.
12) Ruthie & the Wranglers - Why Must You Leave
Me? (Vernon Taylor)
A great version of this Vernon Taylor ballad. Vernon was an artist on Sun
Records in the 50s, and his sweet voice and unique singing style have
a special place in the history of rockabilly. This one features a great
first take vocal performance by Ruth Logsdon, and tasteful guitar playing
by Phil Mathieu. It also features a 50s inspired vocal backing trio
of Fannie Zollicoffer, Melinda Root and Janine Wilson.
13) The Kennedys - Tell Me How (Buddy Holly)
An appropriately jangly treatment of this great, but lesser known Buddy
Holly classic. Features the vocals of Maura Kennedy , and the superb guitar
playing of Pete Kennedy.
14) The Del Swarthmores (featuring Scott McKnight) - Love on the Rebound (Randy Austin)
A country ballad, sung with lots of emotion by Scott McKnight (of Last Train
Home). This one features dobro by Bill Williams (Last Train Home), Mandolin
by James Key (Martini Red), and fiddle by Bob Spates (Barry Whites
Love Unlimited Orchestra).
15) Bill & Louise Kirchen - I'll Never Be Free
A charming duet by husband and wife Bill and Louise Kirchen, doing the Tennessee
Ernie Ford/Kay Starr chestnut.
16) Lisa Moscatiello - The Middle of Nowhere (Beatrice Verdi & Buddy Kaye)
Lisa Moscatteillo delivers a gutsy, soulful vocal performance on this Dusty
Springfield classic. The rhythm section is The Grandsons, who are joined
by tenor saxophonist Derek Huston (The Iguanas).
17) The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours - Then You Can
Tell Me Goodbye (J.D. Loudermilk)
Vocalist and guitarist Jake Flack (Thousand Dollar Car) shines on this excellent
18) Americana Motel - Don't Take Advice (Karl Straub, Graverobbers)
An everything but the kitchen sink treatment of this hilarious song by Karl
Straub, and a fitting closer to the record. This one features many of the
musicians and singers involved in the whole project, and builds verse by
verse, and instrument by instrument into a frenzied finale.