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Jim Mills - My Dixie Home

My Dixie Home

Jim Mills

SUG-CD-3951

Sugar Hill Records, Inc.
PO Box 55300
Durham, NC 27717-5300

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Allen Price
(al@squirrelheads.com)

It's a pleasure to see Jim Mills get the recognition he so justly deserves. With the exposure he receives as a member of Ricky Skaggs' Kentucky Thunder, and his stellar session work on Dolly Parton's The Grass is Blue, the world is beginning to see that Jim Mills is a master musician, a picker's picker. My Dixie Home merely affirms that he is a master practitioner of Scruggs-style banjo picking.

Like his earlier release Bound to Ride, this recording is a collection of tunes flawlessly played in Mills' hard-driving Scruggs style. He is joined by a supporting group of musicians the represent the upper echelon of bluegrass players, including Skaggs, Tim O'Brien, Stuart Duncan, Dan Tyminski and others. While the banjo is prominent in each selection, the collection is truly an ensemble effort, with a mix of guest vocals and banjo instrumentals. Mills tips his hat to banjo legends J.D. Crowe and Sonny Osborne with great renditions of Crowe's Blackjack and Sonny's Sledd Ridin'. The album is a great collection of classic bluegrass, old time and country songs, with tunes also coming from the recordings of Doc Boggs, the Delmore Brothers, the Stanley Brothers, Ernest Tubb, Merle Travis and a rousing instrumental version of Grandpa Jones' classic tunes, It's Raining Here This Morning.

This is a bluegrass album that has the classic bluegrass sound. Years from now, people will be mentioning My Dixie Home and Bound to Ride in the same breath as Flatt and Scruggs' Foggy Mountain Banjo. It just doesn't get any better than this. Period.

When Jim Mills is on stage, you can see the big grin of his a mile away. On "My Dixie Home", you can hear that joy is his music.

Selections:

  • My Dixie Home (Andrew Jenkins)
  • Take the D Train: Train 45 (Public Domain)/Sally Goodin (Public Domain)/Mama Blues (Earl Scruggs)
  • Tragic Romance (Wiley Morris and Zeke Morris)
  • Black Jack (J.D. Crowe and Doyle Lawson)
  • Are You Waiting Just for Me (Ernest Tubb)
  • Country Blues (Public Domain)
  • It's Rainin' Here This Morning (Grandpa Jones)
  • Will You Be Satisfied (Jimmie Skinner)
  • Sledd Ridin' (Dale Sledd and Sonny Osborne)
  • Goin' Back to the Blue Ridge Mountains (Jim Scott)
  • Little at a Time (Ralph Stanley and M. Malone)
  • I'll See You in My Dreams (Ishma Jones and Gus Kahn)

Edited by David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2003, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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