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By Heart
Bryan Bowers
By Heart
Genres: Country, Folk
 
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Autoharp virtuoso Bryan Bowers recorded this album in 1984, with help from Mike Auldridge, Dobro; Tom Gray and John Cowan, bass; Ben Eldridge and Stephen Wade, banjo; John Duffey, mandolin; Sam Bush, fiddle, mandolin, voca...  more »

      
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All Artists: Bryan Bowers
Title: By Heart
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Flying Fish
Original Release Date: 1/1/1990
Re-Release Date: 5/12/2010
Genres: Country, Folk
Styles: Classic Country, Traditional Folk, Contemporary Folk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 018964031329, 018964031312, 018964031343

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Autoharp virtuoso Bryan Bowers recorded this album in 1984, with help from Mike Auldridge, Dobro; Tom Gray and John Cowan, bass; Ben Eldridge and Stephen Wade, banjo; John Duffey, mandolin; Sam Bush, fiddle, mandolin, vocal and Phil Rosenthal, guitar.

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Beautiful "Auto-Parts" Music!
H. F. Corbin | ATLANTA, GA USA | 04/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Bryan Bowers is the reigning autoharp player and the only performer I know who has made a solo career out of just playing this instrument. Maybelle Carter, whom rightly or wrongly Mr. Bowers gets compared to, was also famous for her incomparable guitar picking technique known as "The Carter Scratch." The difference I hear is that Maybelle's style is gutsier; she flogs the daylights out of the instrument while Mr. Bowers is gentlier. His melodic line sings. That is not to say that one performer is better than the other; they are just different.There are some great songs included here. Three stand out for me: Bowers plays the Alfred Brumley standard "I'll Fly Away" more slowly and stately than many other players, giving it a hymn-like quality. In his demonstration of the different things he can do on the "auto-parts" with "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" he shows just what a virtuoso he is. (Some listener thought she heard him say he played auto-parts.) My favorite here is "Zen Gospel Singing." Some traditional bluegrass songs will make you suicidal-- try "Rank Stranger", for example-- so it's good to hear this lighthearted new song about going from a Baptist, being in church each Sunday praying, "as sure as you're born" to a Buddhist chanting mantras in "four-square harmony." This updated approach to bluegrass seems appropriate since many bluegrass fans now attend concerts wearing expensive, handmade cowboy boots and driving SUV's with monthly payments that are more than some early bluegrass singers probably made in a year. Several members of the original Seldom Scene band, John Duffy, Mike Auldridge and Tom Gray, sing on this number with Mr. Bowers in perfect harmony."
Peace and excitement
Dave McNab | Kingston, RI USA | 08/30/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Battle Hymn of the Republic is probably proof that Bowers has a lot more than 10 fingers. I'll Fly Away is peace and exaultations and Zen Gospel Singing is pure high class silliness set to wonderful music. I just keep playing it all again and again."
WOW, WOW, WOW and WOW again
Roger D. Kiser Sr. | Brunswick, Georgia United States | 12/18/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The song "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", played by Bryan Bowers on his auto harp, on this CD is something like I have never heard before in my entire life. WOW, goose bumps on top of goose bumps. "God Bless the U.S.A" by Lee Greenwood now has a runner up."