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Big Time (2004)

Artist: Rob Ickes
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Format: CD
Sku: 60630986
UPC: 011661053823
UPC 14: 00011661053823
Release Date: 4/20/2004
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Machine Gun Kelly ~ Rob Ickes/Blue Highway
2. Elzic's Farewell ~ Rob Ickes/Blue Highway
3. Matt Hyland ~ Rob Ickes/Blue Highway
4. Born In A Barn ~ Rob Ickes/Blue Highway
5. Fatal Shore, The ~ Rob Ickes/Blue Highway
6. Wayfaring Stranger ~ Rob Ickes/Blue Highway
7. Fiddler's Dream ~ Rob Ickes/Blue Highway
8. I'm Thinking Tonight Of My Blue Eyes ~ Rob Ickes/Blue Highway
9. Like Water ~ Rob Ickes/Blue Highway
10. I Am A Pilgrim ~ Rob Ickes/Blue Highway
11. Lonesome Moonlight Waltz ~ Rob Ickes/Blue Highway
12. Lost Indian ~ Rob Ickes/Blue Highway
13. Ireland, Love Of My Heart ~ Rob Ickes/Blue Highway

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Rob Ickes (dobro); Shawn Lane (vocals, mandolin, fiddle); Wayne Taylor (vocals, bass); Jason Burleson (guitar, banjo, mandolin); Tim Stafford (guitar); Derek Jones (bass).
Muze PNote Recorded at Skaggs' Place Studio, Hendersonville, Tennessee, between September 1 & November 21, 2003. Includes liner notes by Steve Romanowski.
Muze PNote Personnel: Rob Ickes (dobro); Wayne Taylor (vocals); Tim Stafford (guitar); Jason Burleson (banjo, mandolin).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Brent King.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Earl Scruggs.
Muze PNote Recording information: Skaggs' Place Studio, Hendersonville, TN (09/01/2003-11/21/2003).
Muze PNote Photographer: Se¤or McGuire.
Muze PNote Arranger: Rob Ickes.
Muze PNote When Rob Ickes' Hard Times first appeared in 1997, it was one of the most anticipated debuts in modern bluegrass history. That it lived up to its promise as a soulful work with dazzling players offering a startling new take on the music was a universally accepted assessment. Big Time is Ickes' fourth outing. He has followed the path of the artists of old in that he has continued to develop his craft and deepen its nuances. Along with the stellar Blue Highway band, Ickes has taken contemporary bluegrass into wondrous new directions, without ever leaving the true heart of the music to the wayside. In fact, of all the superchoppers out there, Ickes never discounts the soul quotient in his playing or recording. A listen to the ballad "Matt Hyland," with its loping Dobro and fiddle lines that nearly weep in counterpoint, is an example. Also, the solid fever stomp of "Born in a Barn" never leaves behind its hoedown flavor despite smoking solos by Shawn Lane, Ickes, and flatpicking bad ass Tim Stafford. Ickes' open country jam "The Fatal Shore" prefaces a deeply moving read of "Wayfaring Stranger," complete with Dobro harmonics that offer a haunting template for the melody of the tune. Indeed, the piece is tagged later on with a stellar version of Merle Travis' "I Am a Pilgrim." The double flatpicking duel at the beginning of the nugget "Fiddler's Dream" is a riotous journey into joy courtesy of Lane's smoking mandolin and Stafford's counterpicking revolution. By the time Ickes takes his solo, the listener is already overwhelmed, but he takes it into overdrive anyway. The most beautiful cut on the set is a deeply bluesed-out reading of Bill Monroe's "Lonesome Moonlight Waltz," with its backhanded slide runs and dirgelike tempo. This is the finest moment Ickes has committed to tape thus far. ~ Thom Jurek

Producer: Rob Ickes

Engineer: Brent King

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Bluegrass
Muze Music Compilations Great Dobro Sessions
Muze Music Compilations Southern Filibuster:tribute To Tut Ta

Associated Artists and Works

Three Bells ~ Douglas, Jerry (Dobro)
Hensley, Trey
Malo, Raul

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 04/20/2004
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2004
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : ROUCD 538
Music Label Name Label : Rounder Select
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00011661053823

Professional Reviews

Dirty Linen (p.83)
- "His jazzy blues playing on 'Wayfaring Stranger' and the Dobro's melodic voice on Ickes' own "Like Water' demonstrate his mastery of the instrument's nuances."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Ickes,Rob
Product attributeLabel:   Philo Records/rounder Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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