In The Blue Room
Alan BibeySHCD 3910
Sugar Hill Records
A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
Alan Bibey has over the years has played with and/or been a founding member of some of the finest and most influential bluegrass bands around. From Third Tyme Out to Blue Ridge, Bibey's mandolin work has always been outstanding. With In The Blue Room Bibey steps to the front in fine fashion. |
Surrounded by friends and colleagues who have worked with him throughout this year, Bibey offers contemporary bluegrass at its finest. Del McCoury, Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas, Jim Mills and Lonesome River Band's Ronnie Bowman, Sammy Shelor and Kenny Smith are just some of the performers on this collection. This typifies what makes Bibey the fine player he is. For while a so-called solo album, it is in fact a series of ensemble pieces and duets. So it should be, for Bibey's playing fits into all the various combinations of players perfectly. He is a musician's musician.
There are more highlights on this album than can be included in just one review. The title tune, a self-written instrumental, opens the album and gets things offer to a roaring start. Bibey does a great guitar-mandolin duet with Kenny Smith on the traditional tune, Wild Fiddler's Rag. Del McCoury's trademark bluegrass voice can be heard on County Fool. And Bibey tips his hat Bill Monroe by playing two songs from Big Mon, Evening Prayer Blues and Close By.
There's so much fine picking on this album, that one catches new licks and breaks on it every time it is played. Alan Bibey and friends have put together one mighty fine piece of work.