Review By Jim Moulton at No Depression

Tuesday, 10 January 2012 00:00

Thirty years ago, Janie Fricke would have been a household name in country radio. Now she is singing an excellent bluegrass style produced by Bill Vorndick,popular Nashville bluegrass producer, has produced a lot of Rhonda Vincent CDs. This set is a mix of some of her old hits and some other popular tunes. This mix has a real refreshing sound. Johnny Hiland sounds great playing acoustic guitar, he's a legend of a Nashville picker. His acoustic playing is so fluid, reminds me a bit of Tony Rice. He has some excellent company with David Talbot on banjo, Randy Kohrs on dobro, Andy Leftwich on fiddle, Glen Duncan and Jimmmy Mattingly on mandolin and fiddle. Then, we have Chip Davis, Margie Cates and Judy Rodman on background vocals. Mark Fain on bass and Bob Mater on drums keep the bottom line. Interesting, but, back in the day, Hiland was playing on her records.

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Country Side of Bluegrass

Monday, 09 January 2012 00:00

The surest way to tell if a musical genre is becoming more popular is to watch artists from other genres beginning to move in.

Marty Raybon, Joe Diffie, Merle Haggard and Tommy Shaw, guitarist for Styx, among others, have all made bluegrass albums in recent years.

Now, Janie Fricke is trying her hand at bluegrass.

In her heyday, Fricke racked up 18 No. 1 country singles. Now, she’s remaking a dozen of those country hits with a bluegrass beat.

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Country Side of Bluegrass from Janie Fricke

Thursday, 05 January 2012 00:00

413Recent news of a release by Janie Fricke, titled Country Side of Bluegrass, intrigued me, as one of those who remember her star status as one of the premier female vocalists in country music in the early 1980′s. Getting started doing vocals for national advertising jingle (Red Lobster, United Airlines, Coca-Cola), and providing background vocals for numerous country stars (Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Johnny Duncan, Ronnie Milsap, Mel Tillis), Janie Fricke later climbed to the top of country music as a solo artist, winning back-to-back CMA Female Vocalist of the Year awards in 1982 and 1983.

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