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Jerry Douglas

Southern Filibuster: a Tribute to Tut Taylor – 2010 (E1)

Reviewed by Dr. Bobby Jones

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When a Dobro compilation tribute in honor of Tut Taylor is produced by Jerry Douglas, and the artist names range from Ickes to Auldridge, and Kohrs to Cashdollar to Leadbetter (and more), one suspects a winner. This is. Mostly bluegrass, there are strains of jazz licks to hints of rock 'n roll. The artists were diverse, but it was somewhat of a surprise that each cut was written by Taylor; serious diversity from a traditional artist.

From Dobro players of this caliber, the listener would anticipate flawless execution and they deliver, as do all of the supporting cast; folks like Russ Barenberg and David Grier, (guitar) Barry Bales and Mike Bub (bass), Ronnie McCoury and Tim O'Brien, (mandolin) Stuart Duncan and Jason Carter (fiddle). The depth of respect for Taylor comes through loud and clear in the music they play on this CD.

If a newcomer to the genre doesn't have a Dobro CD, this would be an excellent one to kick off their collection, and there is just as much enjoyment for the old timers too. Great compilation.