Various Artists- 10 Years of European World of Bluegrass   Leave a comment


Various Artists

10 Years of European World of Bluegrass

Strictly Country/CD Baby

 

Collecting 48-live performances recorded at the annual European World of Bluegrass, America’s high lonesome sound is provided a continental twist. While several North American performers are included and their music is certainly appreciated, it is the thirty or so European bands giving bluegrass their own spin that is of most interest.

 

The music on this two-disc set is as tight as one would expect to hear at any area bluegrass show. Bands from Slovenia, the Slovak and Czech Republics, France, Belgium, Holland, Finland, Sweden, Italy, Ireland, Germany, and the Netherlands demonstrate on well-known standards and original material that they have the instrumental chops and vocal harmonies to stand on the same stages as some of bluegrass’ best known performers including Chris Jones, Dan Paisley, Laurie Lewis, John Reischman, and the Country Gentlemen.

 

Some of the accents are distinctive but collectively the release demonstrates that not only is bluegrass music as healthy as it has ever been, it is being played to a level internationally that too few realize.

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