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Sprout Wings and Fly
John Mccutcheon
Sprout Wings and Fly
Genres: Country, Folk, World Music, Pop, Classical, Children's Music
 
John McCutcheon is the '90s' Willie Nelson of folk music. In the '80s, it seemed every few months Nelson would release a new album, each with a different theme, audience, or duet partner. In 1997, McCutcheon released three...  more »

      
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All Artists: John Mccutcheon
Title: Sprout Wings and Fly
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rounder Select
Release Date: 3/11/1997
Genres: Country, Folk, World Music, Pop, Classical, Children's Music
Styles: Classic Country, Traditional Folk, Contemporary Folk, North America, Appalachian, Vocal Pop, Instruments, Strings
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 011661040625, 011661040625

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John McCutcheon is the '90s' Willie Nelson of folk music. In the '80s, it seemed every few months Nelson would release a new album, each with a different theme, audience, or duet partner. In 1997, McCutcheon released three titles--his first all-acoustic studio album in more than a decade, yet another album for children, and a live album with frequent duo partner Tom Chapin. The most ambitious of the three is Sprout Wings and Fly, which draws on the Virginia picker's many years of travel to mix and match different types of acoustic music with an reinvigorating inventiveness. McCutcheon blends the sustaining buzz of his banjo and mountain dulcimer with the reverberating drone of African log drums and the Australian wind instrument, the didgeridoo, on two old American tunes, "Oh Death" and "Reuben." On "Jack of Diamonds," McCutcheon contrasts the Smokey Mountain style of his fiddling with the Louisiana swamp style of accordionist Steve Riley. The Carter Family's "Over the Garden Wall" is given an Ozark accent by singer Iris DeMent, while Tim & Mollie O'Brien and Robin & Linda Williams join McCutcheon for five-part harmonies on the old hymn, "Time Has Made a Change in Me." --Geoffrey Himes

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Tamara Andreas | Eugene, Oregon | 09/30/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have enjoyed John McCutcheon's work ever since he first gave a concert in my town. Of his other records, such as Doing Our Job, Family Garden, etc., Sprout Wings and Fly is one of my favorites. The unusual and terrific songs on this album are Reuben, with a digeridoo background; Ludlow Massacre, a haunting tune about a miner's rebellion; Heaven's Wake, a lament by the love of a sailor; and Time Has Made a Change in Me, an all-out favorite of mine. If you like McCutcheon's work, I would say that this is a great one to add to your collection."