Butch Robins has proven to be one of the more exciting banjo stylists to come along in the history of bluegrass music. He has been a member of several prominent bands in the genre, including four years with Bill Monroe and The Blue Grass Boys. Joining Butch on this album are several highly regarded instrumentalists and vocalists, including Bill Monroe, himself, on five of his original compositions and some of his last recordings.
"Playing with drive and intensity in both traditional and eclectic modes, Robins demonstrates why he is one of the most versatile banjo pickers on the scene." Music Hound Folk
Personnel: Butch Robins (banjo); Bill Monroe (mandolin); Dudley Connell (vocals, guitar); Ronnie Bowman, Mike Armistead (vocals); Sammy Shelor (guitar, banjo, mandolin); David Grier (guitar); Dewey Farmer, Mike Compton (mandolin); Buddy Spicher (fiddle); Randy Howard (fiddle); Jimmy Campbell (fiddle); Larry Perkins, Marvin Cockram, Mike Bub (acoustic bass).
1 - Are You From Dixie? - Traditional
2 - East Tennessee Blues - Traditional
3 - Jamboree - Andrew Belling
4 - Cuckoo's Nest - Traditional
5 - Short'nin' Bread - Traditional
6 - Northwest Passage - Larry Perkins
7 - Space Captain/Doin' My Time - Matthew Morris/Jimmy Skinner
8 - Old Ebenezer Dangerfield - Bill Monroe
9 - The Golden West - Bill Monroe
10 - Old Lonesome Waltz - Bill Monroe
11 - Kentucky Waltz - Bill Monroe
12 - My Father's Footsteps - Bill Monroe
13 - I'd Like to Be Over Yonder - Bill Monroe
14 - Tanyards - Bill Monroe
Butch Robins - "Forty Years Late"
Butch Robins is an exceptionally clean and tasteful banjo picker, and "Forty Years Late" is filled to the brim with virtuoso instrumental music that celebrates bluegrass while seamlessly expanding into stride, jazz, swing, and “newgrass.” With a back-up band that reads like a who’s who of the ’70s bluegrass scene, "Forty Years Late" is essential listening for anyone who loves acoustic music.
With Kenny Baker, Norman Blake, James Bryan, Sam Bush, Ronnie Reno, Marty Stuart, Buck White, Jimmy D. Brock, Roland White, David Sebring and Karl Himmel.
1 - Dusty Miller 2 - T to the 7th Power 3 - Washington County 4 - Monkey in the Garden 5 - Stumbling 6 - Scruggs Medley 7 - Grey Eagle 8 - Forty Years Late 9 - Sally Goodin 10 - Alabama Boy 11 - Talladega
Butch Robins - "Fragments of My Imagicnation"
For many years, Butch Robins was one of the busiest banjo players on the Nashville session scene, described by fellow banjo player Tony Trischka as a "musical chameleon" for his ability to fit into any situation, with gigs ranging from Leon Russell to Bill Monroe. He covers broad musical territory on this, his second Rounder album, with Bela Fleck and Newgrass Revival members Curtis E. Burch, Jr., John Cowan, and Sam Bush in support. Here are exceptional musicians who are not afraid either to push boundaries, or to stay playfully inside, creating music that is a delight to hear.
Butch Robins - banjo Jim Brock - bass Curtis Burch - dobro Sam Bush - mandolin John Cowan - vocals Bela Fleck - banjo John Kaparakis - guitar
1 - Earl's Breakdown 2 - Slippin' On Ice 3 - Twelve O'Clock, Eh Sonny 4 - Rural Retreat 5 - Music In The Air 6 - Mean Old World 7 - On The Edge 8 - Sand and Foam 9 - I'm Goin' Away 10 - Potter's Field 11 - In The Blue Light Of Morning
Butch Robins - "The Fifth Child"
Butch Robins worked as the banjo player with Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys for four years, beginning in 1977. The Fifth Child is his interpretive tribute to Monroe's music. As Bill himself said about the banjo ("the fifth child") as an instrument, "It's done wonderful for Bluegrass. It's got its place."
Butch Robins - banjo Alan O'Bryant - guitar & vocals Blaine Sprouse - fiddle Randy Davis - bass Terry Smith - bass Sam Bush - mandolin Bobby Osborne - tenor vocals
1 - I'll Be On That Good Road Someday 2 - Cumberland Gap 3 - Jerusalem Ridge 4 - My Father's Footsteps 5 - Kansas City Railroad Blues 6 - Dear Old Dixie 7 - Crossing The Cumberlands 8 - Cripple Creek 9 - Mississippi Waltz 10 - Bluegrass Breakdown 11 - Blue Ridge Cabin Home
The Bluegrass Band - "Once Again From The Top" - Volume 1
"In the beginning...."....Bill Monroe, a proud Kentuckian, assembled a music form comprised of the intricate melodies of mountain fiddle music, black blues rhythm, and shape-note singing applied to folk and old-time country songs. In 1939, Monroe introduced his high-powered sound to the world when he broadcast from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. When Bill added guitarist and singer Lester Flatt and banjo picker Earl Scruggs to his band, the sound that would become known as "Bluegrass" was focused and solidified. The Bluegrass Band was a group that incorporated some of the most talented musicians from the contemporary music scene of the day. The band periodically surfaced to play bluegrass with the vitality and enthusiasm of a day gone before. This set of recordings represent bluegrass music as it was performed by the original artists. The selections comprise some of the most popular songs and tunes from the first thirty years of the Wonderful World of Bluegrass.
1 - Muleskinner Blues - Jimmie Rodgers 2 - Nine Pound Hammer - Traditional 3 - Foggy Mountain Breakdown - Earl Scruggs 4 - Wreck Of The Old 97- Traditional 5 - Old Joe Clark - Traditional 6 - Footprints In The Snow - Rupert Jones 7 - Bile 'Em Cabbage Down - Traditional 8 - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Bill Monroe 9 - Will You Be Lovin' Another Man - Bill Monroe/Lester Flatt 10 - Down Yonder - Traditional 11 - Lonesome Road Blues - Traditional 12 - Uncle Pen - Bill Monroe 13 - Cumberland Gap - Traditional 14 - Salty Dog Blues - Zeke Morris/Wiley Morris 15 - John Henry - Traditional 16 - Billy In The Lowground- Traditional 17 - Jimmy Brown The Newsboy - A.P. Carter 18 - Cripple Creek - Traditional 19 - Molly And Tenbrooks - Traditional 20 - Orange Blossom Special - Irvin Rouse
The Bluegrass Band - "Once Again From The Top" - Volume 2
1 - Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms - Traditional 2 - Foggy Mountain Top - A.P. Carter 3 - Train 45 - Traditional 4 - Little Cabin Home On the Hill - Lester Flatt/Bill Monroe 5 - Katy Hill - Traditional 6 - You Are My Flower - A.P. Carter 7 - Durham's Bull - Buddy Durham 8 - Christmas Time's A-Comin' - Tex Logan 9 - Ruby - Cousin Emmy 10 - Under The Double Eagle - Traditional 11 - Sunny Side Of The Mountain - Harry McAulife/Bobby Gregory 12 - Fox On The Run - Anthony Hazard 13 - Dueling Banjos - Don Reno/Arthur Smith 14 - Rocky Top - Felice Bryant/Boudleux 15 - Polka On A Banjo - Daniel Luallen/Richard Tillman/George William 16 - Follow The Leader - Don Reno 17 - I Saw The Light - Hank Williams 18 - Y'All Come - Artie Duff 19 - Farewell Blues - Schoebel/Mares/Roppolo
The Bluegrass Band - "Another Saturday Night"
The Bluegrass Band - "2nd Cut"
In the late 1970's, Butch Robins, Blaine Sprouse and Alan O'Bryant played with various groups which traveled the Monroe bluegrass festival circuit. In time, these three became a band and, with the addition of Ed Dye and David Sebring, The Bluegrass Band hit the road. This recording is a re-issue of the earlier album, "Another Saturday Night" and resulted from the group's need for both promotional material and a product for sale on the road. Several additional tracks were added and some were re-mixed. The recording was never released for retail distribution. The Bluegrass Band and this recording met with immediate critical acclaim, but the road took its toll and the group went the way of too many bands in the bluegrass arena. These were and are, powerful and exciting musicians. They carried forth the musical sophistication, energy and vitality of the many bluegrass performers who blazed the trails for them.
Butch Robins - Banjo Blaine Sprouse - Fiddle Alan O'Bryant - Guitar and Vocals David Sebring - Acoustic Bass Ed Dye - Dobro, Bones and Vocals
Tracks: 1 - Mitzi's Hornpipe - Blaine Sprouse 2 - Rain And Snow - Traditional 3 - Wreck Of The Old 97 - Traditional 4 - Died A Rounder At 21 - Jimmy Skinner 5 - Arkansas Traveler/Soldier's Joy - Traditional 6 - Lonesome Whistle Blues - Hank Williams 7 - Doghouse Blues - Bill Monroe 8 - Six White Horses - Clyde Moody 9 - Cora's Gone - Traditional 10 - Pilgrim's Knob - Bill Monroe 11 - Another Saturday Night - Jimmy Skinner 12 - Alabama Jubilee - Cobb/Yellin 13 - The Old, Old House - H. Bynum/G. Jones 14 - Whitehouse Blues - Wilbur Jones
The Bluegrass Band- "Shine Hallelujah Shine" - Volume 1 Sacred Songs From The Early Days Of Bluegrass
Ever since Bill Monroe began developing the musical form that would become known as Bluegrass, sacred songs have been that facet of the music which goes beyond the eyes and ears, and into the hearts and souls of both performers and listeners. In this collection, the Bluegrass Band raises its voice in song to share some of the wonderful messages of the heart and The Gospel.
1 - Get In Line Brother - Lester Flatt 2 - Lord Protect My Soul - Bill Monroe 3 - A Voice From On High - Bill Monroe/Bessie Mauldin 4 - Drifting Too Far From The Shore - Traditional 5 - A Beautiful Life - William Golden 6 - Stormy Waters - Traditional 7 - Going Home - Carl Tipton 8 - Tree Of Life - Don Reno 9 - House Of Gold - Hank Williams 10 - Little Community Church - Bill Monroe 11 - Precious Memories - Traditional 12 - Shake My Mother's Hand For Me - Traditional 13 - So Happy I'll Be - Lester Flatt/Earl Scruggs 14 - Lord Build Me A Cabin In Glory - Curtis Stewart 15 - I'll Meet You In Church Sunday Morning - Bill Monroe 16 - On The Jericho Road - Traditional 17 - Angels Rock Me To Sleep- Marion Easterling 18 - Way Down Deep In My Soul - Floyd Hunter 19 - What Would You Give In Exchange For Your Soul - J.H. Carr/F.J. Barry 20 - Can You Feel It In Your Soul - Gladys Stacey 21 - Let The Light Shine Down On Me - Dot Swan
All arrangements by Joseph C. "Butch" Robins
The Bluegrass Band - "Shine Hallelujah Shine" - Volume 2 Sacred Songs From The Early Days Of Bluegrass
1 - Crying Holy Unto My Lord - Traditional 2 - River Of Death - Bill Monroe 3 - Lord Lead Me On - Kenneth Tuttle 4 - Hide Me Rock Of Ages - Brantley C. George 5 - I'm Working On A Road To Gloryland - Lester Flatt 6 - You're Drifting Away - Bill Monroe 7 - I'm Traveling On And On- Bill Monroe 8 - Just A Little Talk With Jesus - Cleavant Derricks 9 - Get Down On Your Knees And Pray - Bill Monroe 10 - God Loves His Children - Lester Flatt/Earl Scruggs 11 - Jesus Hold My Hand - Albert E. Brumley 12 - Wicked Path Of Sin - Bill Monroe 13 - He Took Your Place - Lester Flatt/Earl Scruggs 14 - This World Is Not My Home - Traditional 15 - Shine Hallelujah Shine- Bill Monroe 16 - Old Country Baptizing - Jim Shumate, Sr./Vernon Bryontt 17 - I Am A Pilgrim - Merle Travis 18 - Gone Home - Bill Carlisle 19 - I'll Meet You In The Morning - Albert E. Brumley 20 - He Will Set Your Fields On Fire - Traditional 21 - House Of Gold - Hank Williams 22 - Wayfaring Stranger - Traditional
All arrangements by Joseph C. "Butch" Robins
_Butch Robins' Imagicnation - "Sketches"
Butch Robins’ Imagicnation, featuring the incomparable Mr. Robins on banjo— has been refining its sophisticated, yet down-home sound since its inception a few years ago. Named and musically fashioned after Butch’s seminal 1970’s Rounder Records LP “Fragments Of My Imagicnation”, this band continues the fusion of bluegrass, funk, blues, jazz and rock styles he helped pioneer at the dawn of the “newgrass” era. Building on the extensive experience he gained while performing, recording and touring with Bill Monroe, Leon Russell, Newgrass Revival, and The Blue Grass Band, Butch is once again writing and exploring new ground in pursuit of his unique musical vision. He is supported by fellow Imagicnation members Tom Ohmsen on mandolin, John McBroom on bass and vocals, and Kris Hodges on drums and percussion. Tom, John and Kris bring a vast knowledge of contemporary acoustic string band music to the band, with their many years of experience in the musical arena. In addition to its repertoire of new original tunes, Imagicnation is also fond of exploring compositions by Duke Ellington, Little Feat, Robert Johnson, B.B. King, and of course, the Father of Bluegrass himself, Mr. Bill Monroe.
1 - Blue Grass Foggy Breakdown Mountain Express Stomp - Butch Robins 2 - White Freightliner Blues - Townes Van Zandt 3 - Marlinton - Tom Ohmsen 4 - Sittin' On Top Of The World - Traditional 5 - Hambone - Butch Robins 6 - Little Swing House - Tom Ohmsen 7 - Sailor's Hornpipe - Traditional 8 - Lady Madonna - The Beatles 9 - Zocaca Bossa - Tom Ohmsen 10 - Wake Up - Butch Robins 11 - Cross Roads - Robert Johnson 12 - Wayside Park - Butch Robins 13 - Twelve O'Clock, Eh, Sonny? - Butch Robins 14 - Sailin' - Butch Robins