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Blue Country Heart
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Album: Blue Country Heart
# Song Title   Time
1)    Blue Railroad Train
2)    Just Because
3)    Blues Stay Away From Me
4)    Red River Blues
5)    Bread Line Blues
6)    Waiting For a Train
7)    Those Gambler's Blues
8)    Tom Cat Blues
9)    Big River Blues
10)    Prohibition Blues
11)    I'm Free From the Chain Gang Now
12)    You and My Old Guitar
13)    What Are They Doing in Heaven Today?
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Jorma Kaukonen (vocals, guitar); Bela Fleck (banjo); Jerry Douglas (dobro); Sam Bush (mandolin, fiddle, background vocals); Byron House (bass, background vocals).
  • Recorded at Masterlink Studio, Nashville, Tennessee. Includes liner notes by Jorma Kaukonen.
  • BLUE COUNTRY HEART was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Traditional Folk Album.
  • This is a multi-channel Super Audio CD playable only on Super Audio CD players.
  • Personnel: Jorma Kaukonen (vocals, guitar); Bela Fleck (banjo); Jerry Douglas (dobro); Sam Bush (mandolin, fiddle, background vocals); Byron House (bass, background vocals).
  • Recorded at Masterlink Studio, Nashville, Tennessee. Includes liner notes by Jorma Kaukonen.
  • BLUE COUNTRY HEART was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Traditional Folk Album.
  • Acoustic fingerpicker Jorma Kaukonen fiddled around with his country roots a bit in Jefferson Airplane and dipped a little deeper while fronting Hot Tuna, but his 2002 release, Blue Country Heart, is his most summertime-afternoon, front-porch-pickin' album. The album is comprised of traditional country songs from the '30s and '40s popularized by legendary performers like Jimmy Rodgers, Jimmy Davis, Gene Autry, and the Delmore Brothers. The blue country band features contemporary acoustic virtuosos Sam Bush on mandolin, Jerry Douglas on dobro, bassist Byron House, and Grammy-winner B?la Fleck on banjo, backing Kaukonen's nimble fingers and gruff vocals. The whole album carries an easygoing vibe throughout; whether Kaukonen is waiting for a train, recounting his promiscuous tomcat, or escaping from a chain gang, his voice maintains a relaxed feel, and the "no overdubs" recording style gives it a real "living room jam" kind of sound. The recordings aren't flawless, but pretty close, and any brown notes and voice crackles only help to add to the down-home atmosphere, making for a warmly enjoyable listening experience. ~ Zac Johnson
Professional Reviews
Q (8/02, p.126) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...A superb, laid-back, acoustic exploration of songs...effectively merging country and blues..."

Uncut (8/02, p.104) - 4 out of 5 - "...Lovely Stuff."

CMJ (7/1/02, p.34) - "...This Americana music is worth your listening time and effort..."

Down Beat (7/02, p.58) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Wonderfully open-hearted and expansive..."

Living Blues (9-10/02, p.62) - "...Jorma's chords shimmer with clarity, his bends are full-toned and supple, and his solos are so precisely crafted that even the silences seem musical..."

Mojo (Publisher) (8/02, p.100) - "...You can feel the warmth that went into this..."
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