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Bluegrass from the Gold Country
Vern Williams
Bluegrass from the Gold Country
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
 
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Mandolin wizard and tenor singer Vern Williams might be the most underrecorded and therefore underrated musician in all of bluegrass. Though born and raised in Arkansas, Williams landed in California in 1954 and over the y...  more »

      
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All Artists: Vern Williams
Title: Bluegrass from the Gold Country
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rounder Select
Release Date: 8/20/1996
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
Styles: Bluegrass, Classic Country, Traditional Folk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 011661013124, 011661013117, 011661013148

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Mandolin wizard and tenor singer Vern Williams might be the most underrecorded and therefore underrated musician in all of bluegrass. Though born and raised in Arkansas, Williams landed in California in 1954 and over the years became a Golden State bluegrass legend (no exaggeration). In the 1960s and 1970s, he hooked up with Ray Park, a talented fiddler who'd also moved west from Arkansas, but Williams formed his own band in 1974. This outstanding album, recorded in 1980 and 1981, represents the band's only record (other than a superb effort in support of Rose Maddox), and it will leave you craving more. Williams's raw, biting tenor rivals those of Ralph Stanley and Bill Monroe, no small compliment, and the harmonies, courtesy of son Delbert and banjo man Keith Little (who graduated to the Country Gentlemen in 1986), are as crisp as you're bound to find. Most noteworthy, however, is the band's repertoire, which, in addition to Monroe and Stanley chestnuts, includes many older songs from the Carter Family and Stephen Foster, who Williams called the "first bluegrass songwriter." --Marc Greilsamer

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T. Burke | PA USA | 09/05/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Although it seems to have been lost in this era of "superpickers", real bluegrass fans know that the heart and soul of great bluegrass lie not just in speed, but in the groove, in the tight harmonies and in that high lonesome sound. In the post-sixties era, no recording captures this better than this one. Make no mistake -- there's plenty of good picking here, but much more. Plus this CD gives the listener the rare opportunity to listen to a man who inspired a multitude of performers who have in turn influenced not only bluegrass, but also country, "new age" music, and even rock and roll."