VARIOUS ARTISTS, “Putumayo Presents Bluegrass,” Putumayo World Music. 13 tracks.
Putumayo World Music was created in 1993 to promote music from around the world.
Through the years, the label has created albums of African, Asian, Brazilian, Caribbean and a lot more styles of music.
Now, Putumayo is offering its first collection of bluegrass music.
And it’s a good one.
There’s a good blend of new groups and artists who have been around for two decades or more.
Alison Krauss & Union Station is represented by “Every Time You Say Goodbye” from 20 years ago. And David Grisman and the late Jerry Garcia are featured on “Jackaroo,” a song they recorded in the early 1990s.
Peter Rowan performs “Man of Constant Sorrow.” James Alan Shelton does “Shady Grove.” The Seldom Scene sing Bob Dylan’s “Boots of Spanish Leather.” And Sam Bush performs “Diamond Joe.”
Newer artists are also represented — Railroad Earth’s “Been Down This Road,” Crooked Still’s “New Railroad,” Uncle Earl’s “The Last Goodbye” and Town Mountain’s “Diggin’ on the Mountainside.”
While the album is probably aimed at an audience that’s not overly familiar with bluegrass, it’s a good collection for long-time fans as well.
Can’t find it in stores? Try www.putumayo.com starting May 22.