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J.D. Crowe & the New South's eponymous debut album is one of the most influential and pioneering records in the history of bluegrass. For the first edition of the New South, Crowe assembled a stellar group of musicians — including Ricky Skaggs (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), Tony Rice (lead vocals, guitar), and Jerry Douglas (dobro) — and gave them each equal weight. Consequently, this is vibrant collaborative music, not just a leader with some faceless studio hacks. Furthermore, Crowe pushed the music in new direction with his section of material, taking songs from contemporary singer/songwriters like Gordon Lightfoot, adding a couple of originals, as well as standards. With such an eclectic selection of songs, plus the band's trailblazing instrumental style, The New South did indeed offer a new kind of bluegrass and its impact could still be felt years after its release.

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J.D.Crowe and the New South 1975

This album is missing the first tune - Old Home Place - it is on the other copy of the same album that is identical in every way except it appears to be missing the first tune! Very weird! Do I now have to pay more to get this tune that really should have been included in the purchase price? Otherwise this is a great album......


Genre: Singer/Songwriter

J.D. Crowe is so much a modern master of the banjo that some banjos are manufactured with what's known as "Crowe spacing," with the strings further apart on the bridge. Crowe first gained notice with bluegrass bandleader Jimmy Martin and his Sunny Mountain Boys in the late 1950s, before forming his own band, the New South. Incorporating rock and Nashville country influences into their sound, J.D. Crowe and the New South were considered one of the first progressive...
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