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Featuring Banjo Player Ross Nickerson with special guests: RIDERS IN THE SKY, TIM O'BRIEN, DAROL ANGER, BUTCH BALDASSARI, MIKE BUB, JASON CARTER,JOE CRAVEN,DAVID GRIER, ROB ICKES, LAURIE LEWIS, PETER MCLAUGHLIN, TOM ROZUM. Also includes free tab transcription of El Cumbanchero from the CD.
Joining Nickerson is an all-star cast, too numerous to mention in full, but which includes the Riders in the Sky, Jason Carter and Mike Bub (both from Del McCoury's Band), Laurie Lewis, Peter McLaughlin, Tim O'Brien and Blue Highway's Dobro wizard, Rob Ickes. Nickerson's playing is clean and powerful, with a lot of drive, but he can jazz things up as well, and it's especially on the cuts where he and Ickes square off that Blazing the West works best. The version here of Leon McAuliffe's "Panhandle Rag" is worth the cost of the disc by itself--the only thing missing is Bob Wills throwing in an "Ah-hahhh" or two. Banjo instrumental albums can be (and often are) tedious. This one isn't. Songs included are: El Cumbanchero, San Antonio Rose, Garcia, Panhandle Rag, Ghost Riders in the Sky, Texas Blues, Red River Valley, Lonesome Cowboy, Jesse James, Don't Fence Me In, Standing Eagle, and Streets of Laredo. Support the artist by buying directly.
After purchase you receive a link for instructions to access the CD download page and download the tab transcription too.