Going Back to Old Kentucky A Bluegrass Anthology (Indigo/Sanctuary) Rating: NNNNN Rating: NNNNN
Anyone looking for an introduction to the origins of bluegrass music that Bill Monroe helped create would be well advised to start with this two-disc Going Back To Old Kentucky anthology. Writer/historian Colin Escott takes advantage of a copyright loophole to astutely compile a multi-label-sourced survey of stone classic pre-1953 bluegrass and old-time material from Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs, Carl Story, J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers, the Bailey Brothers, Jimmy Martin, Wilma Lee & Stoney Cooper, Mac Wiseman and others. The insightful artist bios and excellent accompanying photos from Dave Booth's Showtime Archives make for the best two-disc historical bluegrass package on the market. Hopefully, there'll be a follow-up volume focusing on the lesser-known masterworks.