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10 Years of European World of Bluegrass

by Various Artists

America and Europe "join hands" on this beautiful double-CD collection, produced by singer-songwriter Liz Meyer, that captures the first decade of European World of Bluegrass (EWOB) Festival highlights.
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2. Simple Life Blueland
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3. Cold and Lonely The Chapmans
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4. Nazaj u mesto Footprints
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5. I've Got A Feeling Liz Meyer with Nugget
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6. Light in the Storm Tomas Pesko Band
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7. Blue Lonesome Wind Fifty Fingers
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8. Stop Me Nugget
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9. St. Anne's Reel Louvat Brothers
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10. Little Whitewashed Chimney Bill Clifton & Pick Of The Crop
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12. All I Have to Do is Dream 4-Wheel Drive
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13. Joe Hill Downhill
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14. Ida Red Jiri Kralik & The Rowdy Rascals
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15. Feast Here Tonight Hunger Mountain Boys
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16. Calm the Storm Relief
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17. Talk About Suffering Mideando String Quartet
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18. Hard Cider Hickory Project
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19. Southbound Train Randy Waller & The Country Gentlemen
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20. Blue Yodel #4 Zbynek Buresz with Chris Jones & the Czech Drivers
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21. Train 45 Mike Stevens & Raymond McLain
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22. Pan American Boogie Kate MacKenzie Band
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23. Big Spike Hammer Monogram
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24. A Few Words Chris Jones & The Night Drivers
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25. Cool Night Kreni
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26. Winter's Come and Gone Red Wine
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27. Without You Carmel Sheerin & The Ravens
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28. Paul and Silas Springfield
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29. Zuzuma je sama doma Petr Brandejs Band
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30. Rough Edges Roll's Boys
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31. Lord, Won't You Help Me Lonesome Mountaineers
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32. Red Fox Bononia Grass
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33. When My Time Comes to Go Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass
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34. Brand New Heartache New England Bluegrass Band
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35. Sunrise Blue Cartel
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36. Right on the Money Album
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37. Life of A Steel Driving Man Jussi Syren & The Groundbreakers
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38. New Mandolin Breakdown Looping Brothers
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39. Zoltkamp Stroatklinkers
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40. Beauty of My Dreams Blackjack
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41. A Little Further in the Hole Claire Lynch Band
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42. Declaration of Love Goodwill
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43. Say That I Am Wrong Meantime
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44. The Typewriter Rawhide
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45. Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad Sally Jones & The Sidewinders
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46. In the Darkest Hour John Reischman & The Jaybirds
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47. Wood Thrush Song Laurie Lewis & Her Bluegrass Pals
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48. Your Long Journey Skyland
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“America and Europe join hands” on this beautiful double-CD collection, produced by singer-songwriter Liz Meyer, that captures the first decade of European World of Bluegrass (EWOB) Festival highlights. The album features 48 bands from 15 countries, including the #1 European Bluegrass Bands and a selection of Europe’s finest, alongside 15 special guests from the USA and Canada:

BILL CLIFTON & PICK OF THE CROP
THE CHAPMANS
CHRIS JONES & THE NIGHT DRIVERS
CLAIRE LYNCH BAND
DAN PAISLEY & THE SOUTHERN GRASS
HICKORY PROJECT
HUNGER MOUNTAIN BOYS
JOHN REISCHMAN & THE JAYBIRDS
KATE MacKENZIE BAND
LAURIE LEWIS & HER BLUEGRASS PALS
LIZ MEYER with NUGGET
MIKE STEVENS & RAYMOND McLAIN
NEW ENGLAND BLUEGRASS BAND
RANDY WALLER & THE COUNTRY GENTLEMEN
SALLY JONES & THE SIDEWINDERS

Bluegrass has many homes in Europe, but it’s no exaggeration to say that over the past 10 years, the annual European World of Bluegrass Festival in Voorthuizen, Holland, has become primus inter pares - the first among equals. And a large part of what makes EWOB special - and is so well represented on this collection - is its role not only as a first-rate festival presenting a fascinating array of the continent’s many flavors of the music, but as a venue where an equally broad range of US artists have shared the stage with their European colleagues.

All of the shades of bluegrass that can be found on its home turf, from plaintive old-time antecedents to hard-driving golden era classicism to winsome contemporary ballads to 21st century contemporary bluegrass can be heard here. There’s an increasingly impressive mastery of virtually every aspect of the music. And there’s a growing body of material written by European songwriters that can stand alongside the work of domestic writers.

This collection demonstrates that the European bluegrass mainstream flows closely alongside its US counterpart - and not only with respect to the music’s past, but its present and its future, too. In the end, while this lovingly - and smartly - assembled set serves as a representation of Europe’s dynamic bluegrass community and its premiere event, its ultimate value is simply in the music itself. Enjoy!
– Jon Weisberger, Nashville, Tennessee

Bluegrass music itself is richer because our European colleagues play and perform the music with great skill and inspiration. This CD-set “10 Years of European World of Bluegrass” is a magnificent project. The great mix of European and touring American artists shows that our music is international, intercultural, and powerful. In a world where it seems everyone is disagreeing or arguing, the “10 Years of EWOB” project is a beautiful document to show that our music brings us together across oceans and issues.
- Dan Crary, Placerville, California


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William Stanford

10 Years of EWOB
You can't tell where the bands are from by listening. It's just good Bluegrass so give it a try. You won't go wrong.

Joe Ross

Outstanding action-packed album with an eclectic range of bluegrass
When Blue land (from the Slovak and Czech Republics) presents Harley Allen’s “Simple Life,” the message provides some insight as to why bluegrass has gained such appeal throughout much of Europe. The genre’s hard-driving high lonesome sound and evocative substance have many European followers, and its strong entertainment value is appreciated in an otherwise hectic and complicated world today. When long-time supporter Bill Clifton sings his classic “Little Whitewashed Chimney,” the message really hits home.

The European World of Bluegrass (EWOB) is an annual 3-day event held in May in The Netherlands, and it’s obviously a homecoming for bands and fans alike. This outstanding 2-CD album is a sampler of many different European and American groups that have appeared at the festival from 1998-2007.…showcasing an eclectic range with such bands as Belgium’s Rawhide (a 1998 rendition of “The Typewriter”) to Italy’s Red Wine (a 2007 cut of “Winter’s Come and Gone”). Produced by Liz Meyer, it was no easy task to chose from the available live cuts from nearly 200 different groups representing 24 different countries. The action packed album turned out with 48 cuts (eight that are instrumentals), and no band appears twice. Most European groups typically have solid banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass, and it’s particularly a treat when a band also complements their overall bluegrass sound with a fiddle and/or resophonic guitar.

While some vocals may be a little more difficult to understand with European accents, they are all sung with considerable enthusiasm and emotion. From France, Springfield’s quartet of “Paul and Silas” has all the energy of the Stanley Brothers’ rendition. One can only imagine what Footprints’ rendition of “Nazaj u mesto” is about as that original composition is sung in their own Slovenian language, just as The Stroatklinkers do in Gronings (a dialect of Dutch) when they present “Zoltkamp” with a melodic accordion line played by Henk Bloupot. Thus, we see that European bluegrass has evolved to the point that the music’s traditional roots have been embraced, and branches have now inspired songs and instrumentals capturing uniquely original and personal feelings from Europe. Propelling his band with his homemade mandolin and heartfelt vocalizing, Jussi Syren (from Finland) sings his self-penned “Life of a Steel Driving Man” in much the same way that Lester Flatt or Bill Monroe probably would have decades before.

It’s especially gratifying to see that European’s best can hold their own alongside their American counterparts. The two CDs (with over two hours of music) offer much variety from frenetic instrumentals to lonesome ballads, solo renditions to quartet harmonies. EWOB recognizes top bands annually, and many of the top award-winning groups are featured -- Relief, Mideando String Quartet, 4-Wheel Drive, Carmel Sheerin & The Ravens, and Petr Brandejs Band. More than just a novelty or curiosity, “10 Years of European World of Bluegrass” captures a love of this genre, as well as the originality and innovation that have taken seed in the fertile soil across the pond. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

Peter Bonta

Great Collection!
This collection really delivers... varied and very satisfying Bluegrass from across the pond! Del McCoury told me years ago that he could recognize mountain singers wherever they happen to hail from. This CD bears him out! It's a winner!