I was listening to Sidetracks on Bluegrass Junction today where they were featuring the album "Crowe and Wasson." There were some great tracks of tunes I've never heard J.D. record before. However, in searching for this album, I can't seem to find any mention of it. No joke, when I Googled "Crowe and Wasson" I get the message, "no results found." Has anyone heard of this album before?
Is it the album "Hats Off To Haggard", from Bear Family Records?
I think you're talking about the Bear Family album, "Hats Off to Haggard" by J.D. and Ricky.
Totally a momentary “aside”, if you get RFD TV, Woodsongs is on at 5PM today and features Crowe with Lawson and Williams, FYI.
At first I thought it was "Hats off to Haggard," but I realized none of the songs were Merle's. I reached out to Kyle Cantrell at SirusXM and he told me apparently today is the World Premier of the new album "Crowe and Wasson" and that it likely wasn't available for retail yet.
I listened to "Sidetracks" twice this weekend on long drives.
First, the banjo(s) recorded have GORGEOUS Crowe tone whether his 1998 recording or the new 2019 recording of the Granada (9584-1). Whether played by Crowe or Ronnie Stewart (he picks it on two cuts).
4 cuts are from a private session in 1998 with just Wasson, Crowe, and Curt Chapman on bass. JD picks all the intros and breaks. You can really waller in his picking!! All done in one take, all together. Flatt & Scruggs stuff and a delicious slow Merle Haggard song. JD was picking SOME FINE that day! Rickey Wasson said his playing on the Haggard cut sounded like "piano notes".
The remainder use Harold Nixon on bass, Ronnie Stewart on some fiddle and 2 banjo cuts (on the Granada!) and Michael Cleveland on some fiddle (no twin fiddling). A few trios with JD singing too. Don Rigsby on tenor, and one Curly Seckler style mandolin break. Much more Flatt & Scruggs stuff including a couple they never recorded, but did live -- one was Love & Wealth. I forget the other. Michael Cleveland channels Benny Martin's FIERCE fiddle on You Don't Know My Mind. (After they finished recording Crowe on the Banjo with Ronnie Stewart picking, he immediately started the opening to You Don't Know My Mind while the recording was still running, and they just knocked it out off the cuff. Rickey said in fact he had to do some doctoring to separate the end of Crowe on the Banjo from the kick off to You Don't Know My Mind.)
Can't wait for this to come out. Just scrumptious TRADITIONAL banjo-driven bluegrass by a humble Master.
It was very cool to hear JD talk extensively about lots of things.
The CD will be available on Rickey Wasson's website "Truegrass Entertainment". It's not posted there yet.
As for "more", Crowe said anything Rickey wants to do, he's in, except for booking gigs! "Been there, done that" he said, and he's enjoying the retired life of no schedules other than doctors' appointments!
I too heard them on Bluegrass Junction and was lead to believe that there was a new CD being released called "Crowe & Wasson" but I can't find it in the iTunes Store, Amazon or any mention of it online.
Paul I think this was a Pre-Release debut.
It's on Wasson's label, so keep an eye on his website Truegrass Entertainment. It's not there yet either.
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