Ross Nickerson CD - Blazing the West

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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

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.

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El Cumbanchero
Ghost Riders In The Sky

FREE TABLATURE for El Cumbanchero as played on the CD with CD purchase.

...Love it! Just got it, this week, and it starts airing on our bluegrass show next week....

BANJO NEWSLETTER; "Nickerson's playing is tasteful, so carefully arranged, so very very thoughtful and complex".

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Ross Nickerson CD - Blazing the West

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

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.

Hear sound-clips
El Cumbanchero
Ghost Riders In The Sky

FREE TABLATURE for El Cumbanchero as played on the CD with CD purchase.

...Love it! Just got it, this week, and it starts airing on our bluegrass show next week....

BANJO NEWSLETTER; "Nickerson's playing is tasteful, so carefully arranged, so very very thoughtful and complex".

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08/22/2015

Ross Nickerson – “Blazing The West” Pinecastle (2003) PRC1125

“Blazing the West” is a lot less talk, and a lot more action! Ross Nickerson blazes right past the line of mixing bluegrass and traditional western music. A line that few bluegrass musicians choose to cross, for fear that they will fall into a terrible stereotype, and not recover.
“Garcia”, one of Nickerson’s four original pieces, is truly a highlight to this completely instrumental album. It showcases his writing talent and his ability as a seasoned banjo player to smoothly blend melody with his solo breaks, as well as slip into solid backup rhythm with the rest of the band. Other highlights include the extremely lonesome sounding approach to “Streets of Laredo” and the straight-ahead, yet very stylistic “Ghost Riders in the Sky” and “Red River Valley”. Ross also creatively produces the sound of an old player piano with his five-string in “Texas Blues.” Ross does a great job of mixing traditional western songs with some contemporary compositions. The album is tastefully peppered with the talents of top-notch bluegrass musicians including; Mike Bubb, Jason Carter, Rob Ickes and David Greir, just to name a few.

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08/22/2015

" Blazing the West"

" Blazing the West" and love it. "Gunslinger's Blues" is my favorite and
some of the best straight up blues I've heard on banjo.

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