Nashville

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Bill Frisell ventures to Nashville to explore Americana with a supporting cast of Music City greats, including dobro virtuoso Jerry Douglas and bassist Viktor Krauss, and guest vocals from Robin Holcomb. "Comprising acoustic instrumental folk tunes with unpredictable stylistic accents," L.A. Weekly declared, “Nashville boasts a dreamy, seductive grandeur."

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Bill Frisell’s Nashville evokes a distinct American regional flavor and marks an entirely new chapter in a career that the forward-thinking musical community has applauded for its innovation and diversity. In natural succession to recordings like This Land and Have a Little Faith, Nashville provides a deeper look into Bill Frisell’s long-standing fascination with Americana. As with his previous Nonesuch recording, Quartet, it is a departure from the traditional jazz quartet, both in its instrumentation and repertoire.

Recorded in the country-music capital of the world with some of this country’s finest musicians, Nashville features Adam Steffey (mandolin) and Ron Block (banjo), of Alison Krauss’s band Union Station; Jerry Douglas (dobro), widely known for his work with artists ranging from Jerry Garcia to Hank Williams, Jr.; and Viktor Krauss (bass), a veteran of Lyle Lovett’s band. Frisell originals and a few covers make up this record, including Neil Young’s “One of These Days” and Skeeter Davis’s 1963 hit “The End of the World,” both sung by Robin Holcomb.

Frisell is commonly called the most inventive guitarist at work in the world, and this is nowhere more evident than on Nashville, a recording that represents a genuine synthesis from an artist who has said, “It sure is nice to move around and hear the music from a different perspective.”

ProductionCredits

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Wayne Horvitz
Recorded and mixed September 1995 and October-November 1996 at Sound Emporium, Nashville, TN
Engineered by Roger Moutenot
Assistant Engineer: Jason Lehning
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Masterdisk, New York, NY
Associate Producer: David Bither

All compositions by Bill Frisell except track 3 by Neil Young, track 6 by Hazel Dickens, and track 13 by Arthur Kent / Sylvia Dee

Design by Barbara deWilde
Cover Photograph by Kevin Ellsworth

Nonesuch Selection Number

79415

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1disc
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Bill Frisell
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MUSICIANS
Bill Frisell, guitar (1-14)
Viktor Krauss, bass (1-14)
Jerry Douglas, dobro (1-6, 9, 10, 12)
Ron Block, banjo (2, 6, 8, 11, 13, 14), acoustic guitar, (3, 7)
Adam Steffey, mandolin (2, 3, 6-8, 11, 13, 14)
Robin Holcomb, vocals (3, 6, 13)
Pat Bergeson, harmonica (2, 8)

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CD+MP3
UPC
075597941524BUN
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MP3
Price
9.00
UPC
075597941562
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2LP
UPC
075597929263
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  • Ahead of the long-awaited world premiere of Omar, the opera composed by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels, at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC, next Friday, Giddens has released her own recording of the song “Julie’s Aria” from the opera. The recording was made by Giddens with guitarist Bill Frisell and her frequent collaborator Francesco Turrisi. Omar is based on the life and autobiography of enslaved Muslim scholar Omar Ibn Said, who was forcefully brought to Charleston from Africa in 1807. “My work as a whole is about excavating and shining a light on pieces of history that not only need to be seen and heard," Giddens says, "but that can also add to the conversation about what’s going on now. This is a story that hasn’t been represented in the operatic world—or in any world.” Omar will also be performed by LA Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Boston Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, and Carolina Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

  • Cornetist, composer, and educator Ron Miles died at his home in Denver, Colorado, on Tuesday, March 8, due to complications from polycythemia vera, a rare blood disorder, at the age 58. He can be heard on several Nonesuch recordings, performing with Joshua Redman on the 2018 Grammy-nominated album Still Dreaming and with Bill Frisell on History, Mystery (2008), Blues Dream (2001), and Quartet (1996).

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  • About This Album

    Bill Frisell’s Nashville evokes a distinct American regional flavor and marks an entirely new chapter in a career that the forward-thinking musical community has applauded for its innovation and diversity. In natural succession to recordings like This Land and Have a Little Faith, Nashville provides a deeper look into Bill Frisell’s long-standing fascination with Americana. As with his previous Nonesuch recording, Quartet, it is a departure from the traditional jazz quartet, both in its instrumentation and repertoire.

    Recorded in the country-music capital of the world with some of this country’s finest musicians, Nashville features Adam Steffey (mandolin) and Ron Block (banjo), of Alison Krauss’s band Union Station; Jerry Douglas (dobro), widely known for his work with artists ranging from Jerry Garcia to Hank Williams, Jr.; and Viktor Krauss (bass), a veteran of Lyle Lovett’s band. Frisell originals and a few covers make up this record, including Neil Young’s “One of These Days” and Skeeter Davis’s 1963 hit “The End of the World,” both sung by Robin Holcomb.

    Frisell is commonly called the most inventive guitarist at work in the world, and this is nowhere more evident than on Nashville, a recording that represents a genuine synthesis from an artist who has said, “It sure is nice to move around and hear the music from a different perspective.”

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Bill Frisell, guitar (1-14)
    Viktor Krauss, bass (1-14)
    Jerry Douglas, dobro (1-6, 9, 10, 12)
    Ron Block, banjo (2, 6, 8, 11, 13, 14), acoustic guitar, (3, 7)
    Adam Steffey, mandolin (2, 3, 6-8, 11, 13, 14)
    Robin Holcomb, vocals (3, 6, 13)
    Pat Bergeson, harmonica (2, 8)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Wayne Horvitz
    Recorded and mixed September 1995 and October-November 1996 at Sound Emporium, Nashville, TN
    Engineered by Roger Moutenot
    Assistant Engineer: Jason Lehning
    Mastered by Greg Calbi at Masterdisk, New York, NY
    Associate Producer: David Bither

    All compositions by Bill Frisell except track 3 by Neil Young, track 6 by Hazel Dickens, and track 13 by Arthur Kent / Sylvia Dee

    Design by Barbara deWilde
    Cover Photograph by Kevin Ellsworth

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