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Where Purchased: Marana Bluegrass Festival
Be a beginning banjo player may not qualify me to play good, however my ears are experts in good Music and ROSS NICKERSON's album Lets KICK IT is definatively a great choice. I have no connection to Ross other than sending a few dimes in to him every so often for Banjo Supplies and perusing his website on a weekly basis. I was however fortunate to get to meet and talk with him this past weekend at the Marana Blue Grass Festival.
My wife and I braved the cold to see one of our friends, Mark Hickler and Greenwood Sidee and it was just a bonus that Ross Nickerson and X-Train were also in the lineup.
During Ross' set my wife, not the biggest bluegrass fan was sparked by a song that in Ross' words " made the banjo sad" that song is called Feeling Low. Doing what every good husband does I bought Lets Kick it and went about enjoying the rest of the festival.
After leaving my wife placed the CD in and we began to listen to the rest of the songs on this album and were completely IMPRESSED.
In this , his latest, Ross ( on banjo of course) is joined by Rob Ickes on the Reso, Shawn Lane on the mando and fiddle, Tim Stafford on the guitar and vocals, and rounding out this great group of muscians in Wayne Taylor on Bass and vocals.
Not knowing what to expect after hearing Feeling Low, i was amazed at how hard driving this Album is. It is a pure joy to listen too, so much so after we got home, I took off on my motorcycle and just go lost in this great example of bluegrass music, led by Ross and his kicked up style.
One word of warning, however If you do not pay attention while listening to this album, there is a good chance you may end up seeing the ole "red and Blues" in your rear view mirror since the banjo is so hard driving that your foot or throttle hand will most certainly be pushing the red line.
The album consists of 14 song mixed with both traditional, originals, and a few Bill Monroe tunes and even a George & Ira Gerswin number.
All in all LETS KICK IT is a GREAT album, by a great artist and group of musicians. Any song, "Feeling Low" that has my wife enjoying bluegrass is nothing short of a miracle and will only help when I ask her for that next banjo!
If you do not have this CD. GET IT! well worth the pocket change to buy!
Overall Rating: 10
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