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Once upon a time, Tony Rice and Sam Bush were just babes in the bluegrass woods. With a genre-bending little band called Bluegrass Alliance, they caused quite a stir back in the day. BassistEbo Walker talks a little bit about that as he’s introducing this number.
Here’sBluegrass Alliance from a 1972 show at Renfro Valley with a plaintive version of Richard Fariña' s “Pack Up Your Sorrows”.
I know, I know: I just can’t say enough good things about this lineup of the Blue Grass Boys. Backing the father of bluegrass music are Wayne Lewis on guitar, Butch Robins on banjo, Mark Hembree on bass, and the fabulous Kenny Baker on the little fiddle.
The quartet singing is fine, but it’s Baker who stands out here. French jazz violinist, StéphaneGrappelli, was a major influence on Baker. If Grappelli had played bluegrass, this is exactly how he would have sounded.