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Features Albert Brumley's I'll Fly Away and Tim Hardin's Reason To Believe!
The Dillards' blend between pop and bluegrass on this impeccable recording paved the way for a generation of country-rockers and folk-rockers, making it, arguably, their most influential album. Wheatstraw Suite is the fourth album by The Dillards, released in 1968 it's their first album to move away from their traditional bluegrass sound by using a full orchestra and occasional drums.
The Dillards had been experimenting for some time before they released this album, Rodney and Douglas Dillard, Dean Webb and Mitch Jayne made up one of America's premier bluegrass groups and by 1965, certain members began exploring other ideas. The band toured with The Byrds, (featuring future Buffalo Springfield drummer Dewey Martin), but Wheatstraw Suite was the first time they explored the new sound on a full length album. The album features seven original songs and six covers, the covers being drawn mostly from contemporary rock and pop musicians rather than traditionals. One of the tightest ensembles of all time, the Dillards perfected a brand of eclectic bluegrass-country-folk that has never been equaled. The songs all come together to form this masterpiece of great vocal harmonies and virtuosic banjo picking.
This album paved the way for a generation of country and folk-rockers. An indispensable part of any collection of '60s music
"It never got any better than this. In 1968, as the Byrds were making valiant (if unappreciated) efforts to bring rock and country music closer together, the Dillards were trying to do some of the same for bluegrass and rock. The result was 13 all-but-perfect tracks mixing some pretty laid-back topicality ("Hey Boys") and humor ("The Biggest Whatever"), cowboy songs ("Single Saddle," which Gene Autry should have covered), just plain gorgeous poetry ("Lemon Chimes"), and a couple of unexpected covers ("I've Just Seen a Face," "Reason to Believe"), with arrangements that exude a delicate, subdued lushness ("Listen to the Sound") and an element of electric rock (courtesy of Joe Osborn on electric bass and Jim Gordon on drums) that worked perfectly. In many ways, this is a finer rural/rock fusion album than Sweetheart of the Rodeo, the first Flying Burrito Brothers album, or the Beau Brummels' efforts during this same period, and an indispensable part of any collection of '60s music." - Bruce Eder, allmusic.com
Exhibit Records Audiophile Series
Mastered by Steve Hoffman at Stephen Marsh Mastering
Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
Old-style 28pt Tip-on jacket
Rodney Dillard, rhythm guitar, lead Dobro guitar, lead guitar, pedal steel
Herb Pederson, Nashville rhythm guitar, banjo
Dean Webb, mandolin
Mitch Jayne, acoustic bass
Buddy Emmons, pedal steel
Joe Osborn, electric bass
Toxey French, drums
Jimmy Gordon, drums
1. I'll Fly Away
2. Nobody Knows
3. Hey Boys
4. The Biggest Whatever
5. Listen To the Sound
6. Little Pete
7. Reason To Believe
1. Single Saddle
2. I've Just Seen a Face
3. Lemon Chimes
4. Don't You Cry
5. Bending The Strings
6. She Sang Hymns Out of Tune