So I first heard the great dobro playing of Rob Ickes on Aubry Haynie’s fine album A Man Must Carry On and when I did some research about Ickes, I found out he was a founding member of the bluegrass group Blue Highway whose album Some Day: the Fifteenth Anniversary Collection I almost picked up Sunday night and now wish I had! Anyway, I listened to their 2008 release Through the Window of a Train today. Overall the album was really good with a good mixture of upbeat tunes and bluegrass ballads. The one track that caught my attention was “Homeless Man” the tale of a homeless veteran.
Also this afternoon, I listened to Tony Rice’s 1979 breakthrough album Manzanita which combines traditional bluegrass and folk songs with more progressive ones. I listened to this album because this morning on my way to work I tuned XM Radio to Bluegrass Junction they played a track and when they said the players on the album included; Sam Bush, David Grisman, Jerry Douglas, Ricky Scaggs and Todd Phillips I knew I had to listen! The album mixes traditional songs with songs by Merle Travis, Norman Blake and Gordon Lightfoot to create a rally great album and the pickers may just add a little to Tony’s already fine guitar work!
Finally, the night ended with a cassette tape from 1975 an Side B of Old and in the Way the group included Jeery Garcia on banjo, David Grisman, mandolin, Peter Rowan, guitar, Vasser Clements, fiddle and John Kahn bass. Tracks on Sie B includes “Panama Red” (usually associated with New Riders of the Purple Sage and when I picked up a New Riders album who was playing fiddle but Richard Greene!), a cover of a Stones hit “Wild Horses” and the Peter Rowan song “Land of the Navajo” All in all a good listen and maybe I’ll listen to Side A tomorrow! So it was a good Twang Tuesday! First listening to some great instrumentals by two greats on their respective instruments Richard Greene on fiddle and then Rob Ickes on dobro followed by a good afternoon and evening with some new friends Blue Highway and some old ones Tony Rice and Old and in the Way!