Double Trouble

Byron Berline and John Hickman

Sugar Hill (SH 3750)

A Review for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark Horn

Sugar Hill has reached back into its stacks of classic masters to re-release Double Trouble on CD. Originally released on cassette in 1985, the album features the virtousity of two of Americas finest bluegrass talents.

This album brings back memories of the great bluegrass pairing of Flatt and Scruggs. Berline and Hickman show how much the music progressed in twenty years between 1965 and 1985. The tradition improves while the music remains unchanged; a tribute to the musicianship of these two and their dedication to preserving the music.

Double Trouble features eight traditional tunes, a Bob Wills standard and two original works. Newgrass this ain't! It is a fine collection of straight ahead classic fiddle tunes played to perfection.

If you are looking for an introduction to bluegrass or the work of these two paragons of the art form, give Double Trouble a listen. If you are a fiddle or banjo student, you couldn't find better version from which to learn.

Thanks to Sugar Hill for doubling back to give us a chance to enjoy this wonderful duet on CD. Hey guys, isn't about time for a reunion album?

This review is copyright, 1995 by Three Rivers Folklife Society.
It may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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