Longtime fans of David Grier have learned never to expect anything in particular from his new projects, other than quality music, creatively played. The Nashville guitar wizard has graced us over the years with both instrumental and vocal bluegrass, with his trademark quirky touch expressed as only he can deliver it.
His latest, Another Nashville Night, coming soon from Engelhardt Music Group, combines all of Grier’s musical stylings, captured in the studio with a wicked band. And the record has a particularly grassy feel, including both classics from the genre along with new compositions from David.
A first single is available now, a straight ahead cut of the Bill Monroe gem, Panhandle Country. This was originally recorded in 1958 by Bill and his Blue Grass Boys, and released that year as a single backed with another instrumental, Scotland. Both tunes were also included in the album Bluegrass Instrumentals in 1965, considered one of the must have recordings for students of Monroe’s music.
The David Grier Band – Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Cory Walker on banjo, Casey Campbell on mandolin, and Dennis Crouch on bass, with David on guitar – deliver a blistering version. Monroe had done Panhandle Country as a twin fiddle piece, but Duncan goes it alone here.