Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Things In Life
Genres: Country, Pop
As a teenager in West Virginia in 1945, Stover heard Earl Scruggs on the radio and immediately began to decipher Scruggs's revolutionary three-finger banjo style. However, Stover never abandoned the traditional clawhammer ... more »
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As a teenager in West Virginia in 1945, Stover heard Earl Scruggs on the radio and immediately began to decipher Scruggs's revolutionary three-finger banjo style. However, Stover never abandoned the traditional clawhammer (strummed) style he learned from his mother, and eventually he became one of the few bluegrass musicians to truly master both concepts. After 20 years with the Lilly Brothers, Stover recorded this 1972 album, his first as a solo artist, with a young David Grisman on mandolin. Things in Life offers classic Stover originals, such as the poignant title track and the instrumental "Rockwood Deer Chase," along with fiddle tunes reworked for banjo and a series of charming old-time numbers Stover learned from his parents. Charlie Monroe's "Valley of Peace" features strong vocal harmonies from Stover and Dave Dillon, although Stover's versatile and innovative banjo techniques always get top billing. --Marc Greilsamer
WOW - Awesome Bluegrass Banjo
surfandsand | Florida USA | 01/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A must buy for every banjo player. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that this little known gem of a CD is one of the greatest bluegrass banjo CD's of all time. Don Stover's rare combination of great vocals, amazing banjo, tasteful choice of songs and perfect mix of bluegrass instruments all work together to create a CD with a really cool bluegrass vibe that has stood the test of time. Stover's laid back vocal style blends amazingly well with his banjo playing style as he effortlessly blazes through track after track with ease that only comes from a lifetime of making bluegrass banjo music. Stover even mixes in some solid clawhammer tracks with his very high quality hard driving rythmic banjo. The CD has a perfect mix of instrumental tracks and it's especially cool to hear a banjo player that can actually sing well. After reading about the life of Don Stover, I appreciate this CD even more."
Understated beautiful bluegrass
Joe Sixpack -- Slipcue.com | ...in Middle America | 08/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm so glad the digital age caught up to this sweet little album... now I don't have to wear my old vinyl copy out anymore! This is a style of bluegrass music that I just love -- humble, confident in its own worth, but back-porchy and still a little bashful. If you like the sweeter, more melodic side of say, Ralph Stanley, and don't feel the need for drag-race style instrumental fire, then check this quiet, unassuming album out. I was surprised (but very pleased) when Rounder reissued this disc -- it's always been a favorite, but it's so low-key it hardly seemed like a candidate for revival. So, hey, take advantage of its availability while you still can, before it goes out of print for another fifteen years! Also features some of the most understated mandolin work David Grisman has ever done."
K. Crowder | Pasadena, CA USA | 03/31/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the first traditional bluegrass recording I've owned and I think it's started a love affair. I'm a fan of Lyle Lovett and Alison Krauss, but my otherwise far-reaching musical tastes have not ventured much into country and bluegrass. What a gem this album is! It's got me researching into his recordings with the Lilly Brothers and Bill Monroe. If you like bluegrass or just think you might, I don't see how you could do better than this. Every song is a keeper, and although I like Don's voice very much, I think my favorite is the beautiful instrumental, "Black Diamond" (referring to his coal mining days). I would be remiss if I didn't mention that in addition to wonderful songs and terrific banjo, David Grisman's mandolin playing is marvelous."