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V/A - Merlefest Live! The Best Of 2003

(Welk Music Group 79766-2) 2004.


Merlefest Live! The Best Of 2003
CD Tray Bluegrass Unlimited Advert March 2003

This is quite a diverse compilation from the 16th annual Merlefest festival. It's got a bit of bluegrass, some not-so-grass, some pseudo-Grateful Dead jam-grass, barf-inducing M.O.R rock, twiddly guitar, western swing, New Orleans jazz etc. etc.

Ralph contributes Robin Built A Nest On Daddy's Grave, which he'd recorded in 2000 on his While The Ages Roll On album with largely the same personnel:

This live version is pretty decent, and I prefer it to the earlier studio cut, which sounds a bit sterile in comparison.

Also of interest is Ricky Skaggs splendid version of How Mountain Girls Can Love, with Jim Mills on banjo.

Track:
Title:
CD:
(74:40)
1
Before The Next Teardrop Falls
- Asleep At The Wheel

Vivian Keith / Ben Peters
2
San Antonio Rose
- The Whites

James Wells
3
Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms
- Doc Watson

P.D.
4
An American Dream
- Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Rodney Crowell
5
John
- Mountain Heart

Steve Gulley / Barry Abernathy / Mark Wheeler
6
Go To Sleep Alone
- Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Jimmie Dale Gilmore
7
Orange Blossom Special
- Vassar's Jam

Ervin Rouse
8
Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor
- Doc Watson

P.D.
9
How Mountain Girls Can Love
- Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Ruby Rakes
10
Black Diamond Strings
- Guy Clark

Guy Clark
11
Big Sandy River
- Hot Rize

P.D.
12
Master's Call
- Don Edwards

Marty Robbins
13
A Robin Built A Nest On Daddy's Grave
- Ralph Stanley

Earl Sykes
14
Main Street Blues
- Red Stick Ramblers

Josh Caffery
15
Caught In The Crossfire
- Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

Wendell Herd / Rhonda Sandker
16
Hard Game Of Love
- Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Robert Gateley
17
Match Box Blues
- Doc Watson

??
18
Conscious Evolution
- Donna The Buffalo

John Dowd / James Puryear

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