Archive for December 2009

December 7, 2009

BLUE HIGHWAY, “Some Day: The Fifteenth Anniversary Collection,” Rounder. 13 tracks.

If you’re a bluegrass fan and you get a gift card for Christmas from a store that sells music, you might want to hang onto it until Jan. 19, when Rounder Records releases a greatest hits collection for Blue Highway.

The band has been on the road since 1994, released eight albums and garnered a truck load of awards.

And Rounder is celebrating the band’s 15th anniversary with an album filled with 10 previously released tracks (including one from one of resophonic guitar player Rob Ickes’ solo albums) and three new tracks.

Band members wrote or co-wrote 11 tracks. The others are a traditional number — “Wondrous Love” — and Mark Knopfler’s “Marbletown,” a song about a graveyard. Both of those songs were nominated for Grammy awards.

Although the band’s career dates back to 1994, this collection dates from 2000, the beginning of Blue Highway’s Rounder years.

Tracks include “Through the Window of a Train,” the 2008 International Bluegrass Music Association song of the year; “The Seventh Angel,” with Alison Krauss; “Seven Sundays in a Row,” with Sonja Isaacs; “Sycamore Hollow,” a Civil War tale of love and revenge; “Wild Urge to Ramble” and “Still Climbing Mountains.”

The three new songs are “Cold and Lowdown Lonesome Blues,” “Bleeding for a Little Peace of Mind” (with Darrell Scott) and “Some Day,” a great a capella gospel tune.

If you haven’t already discovered Blue Highway, this is a good place to start.

If you have, you’ll probably want this album.

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